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Poetry: A Soldier Kills a Deaf Boy, and Rebels Respond With a Barricade of Silence

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 6:52am
Ilya Kaminsky’s “Deaf Republic,” a poetry collection framed as a two-act play, proffers deafness as a source of strength and resistance against oppression.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting the Bonds of Friendship in Lisa See’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 6:04pm
Lisa See’s 2005 novel “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” presents a bond between two women — laotongs, or “old sames” — in nineteenth-century China.
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Sketchbook: The Author’s Journey

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 2:34pm
A graphic look at the life cycle of writing a book.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:38pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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The Book Review Podcast: The Chernobyl Disaster in Full

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:27pm
Adam Higginbotham talks about his sweeping new history of the nuclear accident and its aftermath, and Nellie Bowles discusses Clive Thompson’s “Coders.”
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Poetry: A Poet and Essayist Meditates on the Deep Roots Binding Humans and Trees

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
C.D. Wright’s posthumous book “Casting Deep Shade” offers a guided walk through beech forests and her own wide-ranging mind.
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Nonfiction: The Friday Night Gab Sessions That Fueled 18th-Century British Culture

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
“The Club,” by Leo Damrosch, is a dazzling history of the get-togethers during which London’s leading lights — including Samuel Johnson, Edward Gibbon and Adam Smith — ate, drank and exchanged ideas.
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Children’s Books: Entrancing Poetry Picture Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Some of the best illustrated children’s books are not stories — they’re poems that use language, form and rhythm to let kids reflect, imagine and think.
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Nonfiction: New Directions for American Foreign Policy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Bernard-Henri Lévy’s “The Empire and the Five Kings” and Ted Galen Carpenter’s “Gullible Superpower” offer conflicting advice on where we should go from here.
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New in Paperback: ‘Kudos,’ ‘Washington Black’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: ‘Like a JDate for the Dead’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
In Nathan Englander’s “Kaddish.com,” a Brooklyn man — who’s defected from Orthodox Judaism — hires a stranger to recite the Kaddish prayers for his father.
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Inside the List: Best-Selling Books, Unusual Authors

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Alice Paul Tapper, who wrote “Raise Your Hand,” is just 11. And the author of the Expanse novels, James S. A. Corey, is really two men — Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.
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Fiction: Fast Times at Citywide Academy for the Performing Arts

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
In her new novel, “Trust Exercise,” Susan Choi trains her lens on a group of high school drama students, zooming in first on their teenage years, then focusing on them years later.
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Crime: Philip Kerr’s Last Novel and a New Series From Alexander McCall Smith

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column features Bernie Gunther’s final appearance in Berlin and introduces a delightfully eccentric Swedish sleuth.
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Fiction: Lisa See Sets a Coming-of-Age Story in the Tumultuous Seas of Occupied Korea

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
In “The Island of Sea Women,” best friends who are professional divers confront grim fates in the years before the Korean War.
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Fiction: ‘The Volunteer’ Braids the Lives of Fathers and Sons

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Salvatore Scibona’s bold new novel spans generations, but at its heart is a young man who comes of age during the Vietnam War.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Nonfiction: The Stoic Philosopher of the Lockup

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:30am
“Solitary,” by Albert Woodfox, is a remarkable testament of suffering and self-transformation by a man who survived more than 40 years in solitary confinement.
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Nonfiction: His Blog Explored Notions of Black Masculinity. His Memoir Explodes Them.

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:16am
The essays in “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker” recount Damon Young’s evolution from blogger to Established Magazine Writer even as he searches for his authentic self.
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Fiction: Two Thai Novelists Explore Bangkok’s Swirl of Remembering and Forgetting

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 3:00am
The city becomes a fever dream in Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s “Bangkok Wakes to Rain” and Veeraporn Nitiprapha’s “The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth.”
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