Book Reviews

Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

NPR Books - 5 hours 47 min ago

Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.

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Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid'

NPR Books - 7 hours 37 min ago

The new book by Matt Bai explores the political resonance of Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were dashed when he revealed he had an affair.

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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

NPR Books - 9 hours 45 min ago

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

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Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

NPR Books - 16 hours 31 min ago

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.

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'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go

NPR Books - 16 hours 47 min ago

YA author Lauren Oliver's debut adult novel features an old mansion occupied by dysfunctional characters, both living and dead. Oliver fits these seemingly disparate lives together like a puzzle ring.

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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

NPR Books - September 28, 2014 - 1:06pm

Richard Blanco, who read "One Today" at Obama's inauguration in 2013, explores the collision of sexual, artistic and cultural identity in his new memoir about his childhood in Miami.

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'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

NPR Books - September 28, 2014 - 3:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.

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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

NPR Books - September 28, 2014 - 3:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.

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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

NPR Books - September 27, 2014 - 1:16pm

Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.

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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

NPR Books - September 27, 2014 - 5:52am

Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?

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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

NPR Books - September 27, 2014 - 5:04am

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.

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'Love Is The Drug' For A Teen Caught In A Dystopian D.C.

NPR Books - September 27, 2014 - 3:03am

Alaya Dawn Johnson's latest is about senior at a Washington, D.C. prep school in the midst of a global pandemic. This book offers a chilling glimpse of a dystopia that could be just around the corner.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Texting While Driving

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 12:13pm
Matt Richtel discusses “A Deadly Wandering,” and Mark Edmundson talks about “Why Football Matters.”






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 8:08am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 7:49am
Paperback books of particular interest.
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The Shortlist: Jessie Burton's 'The Miniaturist' and More

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 7:35am
New books by Jessie Burton, Alix Christie, Rosie Thomas and Katy Simpson Smith.
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Louise Glück's 'Faithful and Virtuous Night'

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 7:26am
Many of the poems in Louise Glück’s collection feature an aging painter confronting his own mortality.
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Crime: John Harvey's 'Darkness, Darkness' and More

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 7:03am
“Darkness, Darkness,” John Harvey’s final novel in his series featuring Inspector Charlie Resnick, strikes an elegiac tone.
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Damon Galgut's 'Arctic Summer'

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 6:56am
Based on the life of E. M. Forster, this novel traces a struggle for liberation both on and off the page.
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'The Undertaking,' by Audrey Magee

New York Times book reviews - September 26, 2014 - 6:51am
A first novel set in World War II Germany.
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