Book Reviews

Poetry: In ‘Magical Negro,’ Morgan Parker’s Poems Challenge White Ideas of Blackness

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:38am
Parker’s third collection provides its audience a space to celebrate black excellence and black joy as well as to commiserate about injustice.
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Children’s Books: New Picture Books Bring Dogs and Cats to Life, Hilariously

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
Lazy, rambunctious, downright weird: The cats and dogs in these stories are unique, lovable — and relatable.
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Inside the List: How Liane Moriarty, Kate DiCamillo and Jacqueline Woodson Got Their Starts

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
On their websites, famous novelists talk frankly about how they became writers.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Overstory,’ ‘Country Dark’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
David Orr’s “Dangerous Household Items,” John Koethe’s “Walking Backwards” and Sarah Gambito’s “Loves You” celebrate daily moments in very different registers.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
In David Wallace-Wells’s “The Uninhabitable Earth” and Nathaniel Rich’s “Losing Earth,” we have a picture of the increasingly dire problem of global warming.
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From Our Archives: Going Back to the Battle of the Black Sea in ‘Black Hawk Down’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
In 1999, the journalist Mark Bowden wrote “Black Hawk Down,” documenting the 1993 United States military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:55pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Esmeralda Santiago

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 3:03pm
The island of Puerto Rico, where my parents came from, is displayed with beauty and poignancy by Santiago.
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Fiction: A Comic Novel Reunites a Damaged Dad and His Recalcitrant Offspring

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 1:14pm
Andrew Ridker’s “The Altruists” charts how expectations clash when a widower’s two adult children return to the family home in St. Louis.
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Nonfiction: How the Great Leftist Thinkers of the 20th Century Contended With Zionism

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:00am
In “The Lions’ Den,” Susie Linfield tours the minds of eight thinkers, including Hannah Arendt and Noam Chomsky, investigating their relationship to the Jewish state.
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Nonfiction: How France Became a Dangerous Place to Be a Jew

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:00am
Marc Weitzmann’s “Hate” explores the increasing anti-Semitism that has infected French society over the past several years.
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By the Book: By the Book: Julia Alvarez

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:00am
The author of novels including “In the Time of the Butterflies,” just reissued for its 25th anniversary, has always been taken with Milton’s Satan: “Sorry, God, but he got the better part.”
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Romance: Spring’s Best New Romance Novels: Hockey Players, Werewolves, 19th-Century Farmers and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 3:12pm
Whether you’re looking for a hot paranormal love story, a stunning space opera or a beautifully crafted historical tale, there’s a book for you.
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Fiction: In T.C. Boyle’s Trippy New Novel, Characters Turn On, Tune In and Drop Lots of Acid

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:00pm
“Outside Looking In” explores the LSD-fueled escapades of Timothy Leary and his Harvard graduate students.
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Fiction: In This Novel, a Man’s Face Becomes Distorted. His Sanity Follows.

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:30am
“The Alarming Palsy of James Orr,” by Tom Lee, combines a Kafkaesque premise with modern British social satire.
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Fiction: A Modern Riff on an Old Testament Climate Catastrophe

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:00am
In “Naamah,” an inventive first novel by Sarah Blake, Noah’s wife recounts the trials — and surprising pleasures — of life on the ark after the Flood.
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Fiction: ‘Women Talking,’ by Miriam Toews, Is a Mennonite #MeToo Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:00am
In an isolated religious community, some of the men have been raping the women for years. When they are finally arrested, the women must decide what to do next.
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Nonfiction: The Cracking of a Cold, Cold Case

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 2:25pm
In his true-crime epic, “The Last Stone,” Mark Bowden follows detectives as they try to solve the 1975 disappearance of two Maryland sisters.
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