Book Reviews

Fiction: Fast Times at Citywide Academy for the Performing Arts

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 4:00am
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 - 11:30am
“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 - 11:16am
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 - 4:00am
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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Nonfiction: Healing the Divisions in Our Country

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 1:05pm
Arthur C. Brooks, in “Love Your Enemies,” offers advice on how to restore civility to American politics.
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Nonfiction: Looking Again at the Chernobyl Disaster

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 4:00am
Adam Higginbotham’s “Midnight in Chernobyl” explores the causes of the Chernobyl explosion, and Kate Brown’s “Manual for Survival” considers the consequences.
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Nonfiction: Why Are We Feeling So Bad When Life Is So Good? Two Books Want Us to Accentuate the Positive

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:57pm
“The Right Side of History,” by Ben Shapiro, and “Clear and Present Safety,” by Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko, declare current pessimism is totally overblown.
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Poetry: A Poetic Body of Work Grapples With the Physical Body at Risk

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:57pm
In “The Tradition,” Jericho Brown witnesses and celebrates vulnerability and resilience in a country that too often scorns or condemns them.
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Nonfiction: Barry Lopez Travels to the Ends of the Earth, Seeking Glimmers of Hope

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:33pm
In “Horizon,” the eminent environmentalist reconstructs decades’ worth of his observations of the natural world, from the Arctic to Australia.
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Nonfiction: The Two Artist Couples Who Helped Start American Modernism

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:20pm
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand and Rebecca Salsbury coupled, fought and made some of the most influential photographs and paintings of the 20th century. “Foursome,” by Carolyn Burke, tells their story.
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Nonfiction: A Journey — if You Dare — Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 2:06pm
Clive Thompson’s “Coders” demystifies the work done to create the algorithms and programs that have come to dominate our world.
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Fiction: A Peerless Chronicler of the 1970s and ’80s Turns Her Gaze on Generation Y

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 1:53pm
Ann Beattie’s new novel, “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck,” follows its protagonist from prep school in 2001 into his 30s today.
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Nonfiction: Skin and Bones, Hold the Skin: An Author Considers Our Inner Scaffolding

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Brian Switek’s “Skeleton Keys” takes a close look at our 206 bones and how they allow us to “stomp, fly, swim, slither, dig, run.”
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The Shortlist: Three Books Examine Our Changing Earth

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 4:00am
From melting ice to diminishing populations, these books look at the effects of climate change and humans’ shifting relationship with our planet.
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Fiction: The Mysteries of Friendship, Illuminated by Spooky Quantum Physics

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 4:00am
Nell Freudenberger’s eloquent new novel, “Lost and Wanted,” invokes cutting-edge science and the supernatural to plumb the ineffable in human relationships.
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The Week in Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 9:10am
Salman Rushdie on a “dazzling” debut novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the birth of American Modernism and more.
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