Book Reviews

Nonfiction: An Earlier Age When the United States Kept Immigrants Out

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 3:00am
Michael Dobbs’s “The Unwanted” describes the plight of European Jews trying to escape extermination by the Nazis.
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Nonfiction: A Passion for Punctuation Meets a Love for All Things Greek

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 3:00am
Mary Norris’s “Greek to Me” is an exuberant account of a decades-long obsession with a culture and its language.
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Poetry: In ‘Swift,’ David Baker’s Poetry Stitches the Fractured World Into Art

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:19am
For almost 40 years, in the extreme suburbs and the diminishing countryside, Baker has worked to see and describe things as though for the first time.
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Prescribed Reading: What You Should Read to Understand the Measles Epidemic

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 9:56am
In her Prescribed Reading column, Abigail Zuger looks at books exploring the immune system and the tumultuous history of vaccination.
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Nonfiction: A Young Poet, a Mysterious Stranger and an El Salvador on the Brink of War

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 8:05am
Carolyn Forché’s “What You Have Heard Is True” recalls her 1970s journey in the company of a revolutionary who wants her to bear witness to his country’s terror and bloodshed.
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Poetry: In ‘Magical Negro,’ Morgan Parker’s Poems Challenge White Ideas of Blackness

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 8:05am
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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Nonfiction: Turkey’s Killing Fields

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:00am
In “The Thirty-Year Genocide,” the Israeli historians Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi detail the slaughter of Turkey’s Christian minorities.
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Nonfiction: Anna Quindlen’s No. 1 Rule for Grandparents: Butt Out

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:00am
In her new essay collection, “Nanaville,” the novelist and former Times columnist writes about what she’s learned since becoming a grandmother.
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New & Noteworthy, From Walt Whitman and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:00am
A selection of recent poetry books (plus Whitman’s ruminations); and a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Nonfiction: Dismantling the Myth of ‘The Heartland’

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:00am
The new book by the historian Kristin L. Hoganson explodes conventional ideas about the Midwest as America’s “insulated core” — the wellspring of its values and identity.
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Nonfiction: Cash, Jewels and Gold: The Tale of Britain’s Biggest Heist

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:00am
In “The Last Job,” Dan Bilefsky explores a famous London robbery that was masterminded by a 76-year-old pensioner.
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New in Paperback: ‘Warlight,’ ‘Air Traffic’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:22pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Two Early Presidents Who Questioned the Wisdom of ‘the People’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:17am
In “The Problem of Democracy,” Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein show that John and John Quincy Adams were skeptical of popular democracy.
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Nonfiction: Pico Iyer Reflects on a Quarter-Century of Life in Japan

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:05am
In “Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells,” the noted journalist finds wisdom in the rituals and routines he shares with his Japanese wife.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 8:07am
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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The Shortlist: A Serial Killer Clown, You Say? Now That’s Dark Comedy

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 6:33pm
New collections from Carianne Leung (“That Time I Loved You”), Amy Hempel (“Sing to It”) and Mark Mayer (“Aerialists”) balance anxiety with humor.
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Nonfiction: That Man From Stratford

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 3:00am
“What Blest Genius?,” by Andrew McConnell Stott, and “Shakespeare’s Library,” by Stuart Kells, explore different facets of the history and mysteries of the playwright’s reputation.
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Nonfiction: A Former Marine Looks Back on Her Life in a Male-Dominated Military

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 3:00am
Anuradha Bhagwati’s forceful memoir, “Unbecoming,” tackles sexual harassment, discrimination and the possibilities for redress for American servicewomen.
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Nonfiction: ‘When Brooklyn Was Queer’ Evokes the Borough’s Hidden History

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 3:00am
Hugh Ryan’s new account delves into colorful characters who frequented the area around the Brooklyn Navy Yard — a flourishing center of 19th-century queer life.
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Nonfiction: Why Did We Fight the Iraq War?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 5:47pm
Michael J. Mazarr’s “Leap of Faith” argues that the tragedy was the result of a missionary impulse and wishful thinking.
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