Book Reviews

'The Mandibles' Is Financial Dystopia With A Bite

NPR Books - June 26, 2016 - 3:59am

Lionel Shriver's newest novel is a work of speculative fiction: A national debt crisis leads to a systematic civil breakdown, bringing a once-prosperous family

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A Mystery Novel Is The Mystery At The Heart Of 'Blockbuster!'

NPR Books - June 26, 2016 - 3:00am

Lucy Sussex's new book is a history of 1886's runaway bestseller: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Why was it such a hit? Who was involved with it? And why was author Fergus Hume left without a dime?

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Beautifully Alien 'Ninefox Gambit' Mixes Math And Magic

NPR Books - June 25, 2016 - 3:00am

Yoon Ha Lee's new novel is hard to sum up — in an alien world so dissimilar to ours its technology seems like magic, reality is a consensus that requires intense, rigid belief to function.

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Michael Herr, Whose Vietnam War Reporting Became Iconic, Dies At 76

NPR Books - June 24, 2016 - 11:44am

Herr's book Dispatches redefined the genre of war reporting. "I was there to watch," he wrote. "I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you've never heard it."

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Insider Podcasts: How Does the Book Review Treat Books by Authors From the Times? Carefully

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 8:24am
Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, talks about the measures she takes to ensure objectivity in reviews of works by authors who work for The Times.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Why Populism Now?

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 8:22am
Sam Tanenhaus talks about the season’s new political books; and Calvin Trillin discusses “Jackson, 1964,” a collection of his writing.
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Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 7:32am
Walter Mosley’s mellow private eye, Easy Rawlins, is back in “Charcoal Joe.”
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Nonfiction: Why the War on Terror May Never End

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 7:20am
How the war on terror fuels its own continuance.
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Open Book: Populism’s Origin Story

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 7:19am
A look back at books that have attempted to tell the story of populism in the United States.
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Nonfiction: Why Are Whites So Angry?

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 7:16am
A history of white resentment of blacks since the Civil War.
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Nonfiction: Finance Is the Master Technology — and It’s Funded the World

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 7:16am
An economist argues that civilization’s rise hangs on the power of finance.
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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:58am
Bobby Brown’s memoir, at No. 9 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is filled with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. And dance moves: “Break dancing, pop locking — man, I was unbelievable.”
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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:57am
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:57am
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:57am
Readers respond to a recent review of Paul Tough’s “Helping Children Succeed” and more.
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Fiction: In a New Novel, a Secular Muslim American Rejects the Burden of Labels

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:56am
A novel explores questions vital to our national discourse around Islam.
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The Shortlist: First Novels

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:50am
New books by Elizabeth J. Church, Tracy Barone, Tracy Farr and Miroslav Penkov.
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Nonfiction: Calvin Trillin Looks Back on 50 Years Covering Black Life in America

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:48am
A reporter assesses a half-century of race relations in America.
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Nonfiction: A Look at America’s Long and Troubled History of White Poverty

New York Times book reviews - June 24, 2016 - 6:46am
The history of white poverty in America takes in race and class, stereotype and exploitation.
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