Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Ruth Reichl Dishes on the Last Days of Gourmet Magazine

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 11:30am
“Save Me the Plums” is a delicious memoir of a decade that took her from the glory days of Condé Nast to the morning when the office door was closed for good.
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Fiction: Drama and Suspense in the Canadian Wilderness

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 8:45am
Peter Heller’s “The River” juxtaposes a tense social situation with a raging wildfire.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 4:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Fiction: An Urdu Epic Puts India’s Partition Into Historical Perspective

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 2:10pm
Qurratulain Hyder’s “River of Fire,” “transcreated” into English by the author, gushes across more than 2,000 years of the subcontinent’s cultural life.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:00am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: How Tough-on-Crime Prosecutors Contribute to Mass Incarceration

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 4:00am
“Charged,” by Emily Bazelon, argues that prosecutors have far too much power over the outcomes of criminal cases and lays out a path for urgent reform.
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The Week in Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 4:00am
A deep dive into the Chernobyl disaster, a debut British-Palestinian novelist and more.
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5 things about your book: Erin Lee Carr on Father-Daughter Joys and Struggles

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 3:00pm
Carr’s new memoir, “All That You Leave Behind,” documents her relationship with her father, the former Times reporter and columnist David Carr, and her own troubles, including with alcoholism.
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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 - 7:52am
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 - 7:04pm
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 - 3:34pm
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 - 2:38pm
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 - 2:27pm
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
“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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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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