Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Group Biographies Give Trailblazing Historical Women Their Due

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 4:00am
From George Eliot and Mary Shelley to Joan of Arc and Coco Chanel, female icons from centuries past take the spotlight in three new books.
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Fiction: A 1970s Japanese Novel Leading the Way to Ferrante

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 4:00am
Written four decades ago, Yuko Tsushima’s novel “Territory of Light” tells of a woman in Tokyo coping with the dissolution of her marriage.
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Crime: Going Rogue With Marilyn Stasio

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 4:00am
This week’s Crime column features novels about bad-boy cops and suburban serial killers, then offers an escape to scenic Provence.
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Inside the List: The Toughest Part About Writing a Rock Novel? The Lyrics

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 4:00am
Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of “Daisy Jones & The Six” — about the breakup of an iconic 1970s band — admits that she struggled with songwriting.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 4:13pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Essay: What Do the Make-Believe Bureaucracies of Sci-Fi Novels Say About Us?

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:30am
Writers of speculative fiction routinely invent rules and regulations as part of their novels’ worlds. These laws tell us more about our own politics than you might think.
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Fiction: Greece’s Fear and Yearning Crystallized in Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 4:00am
“Good Will Come From the Sea,” a story collection by Christos Ikonomou, captures the desperation of his country’s citizens in the wake of economic devastation.
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By the Book: By the Book: Laurie Halse Anderson

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of the memoir “Shout” doesn’t shun any genres: “That’s like avoiding colors or parts of the flavor spectrum. I want all kinds of stories on my plate.”
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Nonfiction: Isaac Mizrahi Found Freedom Through Fashion

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 1:00pm
In his memoir, “I.M.,” the designer recalls his climb from Brooklyn misfit to American design icon.
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Nonfiction: Maria Popova Weaves Together Stories of Human Ingenuity

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 4:00am
In “Figuring,” Popova roams over 400 years of science and poetry, highlighting women who have added to the history of creativity and invention.
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Nonfiction: Remembering a Woman Who Was a Leader of the French Resistance

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 2:55pm
Lynne Olson’s “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War” tells of a woman who led the fight against the Nazis while combating sexism among her colleagues.
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Nonfiction: A Pakistani-Indian Journalist Attempts to Rediscover His Roots

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:55pm
In “The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges,” Aatish Taseer mourns the politicization of traditional Hindu values and the rise of religious bigotry.
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Nonfiction: In the Hands of Janet Malcolm, Journalism Becomes Art

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:05am
“Nobody’s Looking at You” collects profiles, reportage and literary criticism produced between 1996 and 2018 by the famed New Yorker staff writer.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 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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Essay: When Science Fiction Comes True

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 4:00am
Sci-fi writers gave us satellite communication, army tanks, tablets, CCTV and the internet — before these things existed in real life. What explains their powers of foresight?
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Fiction: Stories of the Muslim Immigrant Experience, From a Sudanese Writer Now Living in Scotland

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 2:04pm
Leila Aboulela’s collection “Elsewhere, Home” gathers perspectives from Aberdeen to Cairo in a much-needed nod to the universality of the human condition.
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Paper chase: Oops! Famously Scathing Reviews of Classic Books From The Times’s Archive

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:13pm
We called “Sister Carrie” a book “one can get along very well without reading,” dismissed “Lolita” as “dull, dull, dull,” and had nothing nice to say about “Howards End.”
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Nonfiction: The Truth Is Hard. But for a New York Times Lawyer, Defending It Is Fun.

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:33am
In his review, Preet Bharara calls David McCraw’s “Truth in Our Times” a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper’s legal battles with the Trump administration and others.
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Essay: Is Satire Possible in the Age of Trump?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:15am
Parodies of the president proliferate in books and on TV. But how do you ridicule a man who seems to have mastered the strategies of those who would hold him to account through humor?
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