Book Reviews

Need A Little Valentine's Day Perspective? These 3 Romances Will Do The Trick

NPR Books - 3 hours 30 min ago

Reviewer Ericka Brooks loves romance novels, but she felt like there was something missing in her collection. So she went looking for books with characters from all different backgrounds.

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Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

NPR Books - 5 hours 30 min ago

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.

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Taking A Timeout From Time — It's A Family Thing

NPR Books - February 11, 2016 - 4:00am

The Tollivers have always believed in time travel and young Waldy is no different. Now, stuck permanently at 8:47 a.m., he passes time writing the history of his expansive (and entertaining) family.

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Harry Potter Fans, Rejoice! New Book From The Wizarding World Coming This Summer

NPR Books - February 10, 2016 - 2:41pm

The book, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, picks up the story of Harry and Co. where the series epilogue left off. It will comprise the script of a play of the same name.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

NPR Books - February 10, 2016 - 2:26pm

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.

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Left To Fend For Himself, 'Pax' The Fox Must Find His Human Friend

NPR Books - February 10, 2016 - 1:40pm

To research her new novel for young readers, author Sara Pennypacker consulted with a red fox expert. Her takeaway? "They're brilliant. Foxes are so brilliant," she says.

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'Every Anxious Wave' Is A Wise, Witty Romp Through Time — And Indie Rock

NPR Books - February 10, 2016 - 10:45am

Packed with music references and enough science to keep its time travel premise plausible, Every Anxious Wave "rings with a uniqueness that transcends the tropes of time travel and indie romance."

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In Beyoncé's 'Formation,' A Glorification Of 'Bama' Blackness

NPR Books - February 10, 2016 - 5:30am

Beyoncé's latest song is for the black Southern woman, says National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who's from Mississippi. It's a message she needed to hear.

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When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet

NPR Books - February 9, 2016 - 3:02pm

"It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.

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At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

NPR Books - February 9, 2016 - 10:29am

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.

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What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

NPR Books - February 9, 2016 - 6:13am

Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.

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Peggy Noonan: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - December 17, 2015 - 4:30am
The author, most recently, of “The Time of Our Lives” isn’t impressed with recent books by presidential contenders: “They were mostly unreal and insincere.”

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Children’s Books: A Place to Learn

New York Times book reviews - December 16, 2015 - 1:26pm
A picture book offers a look at a home-schooling family’s day.

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‘Memory Theater,’ by Simon Critchley

New York Times book reviews - December 16, 2015 - 11:25am
Critchley imagines a structure for memories in a novel filled with philosophy references.

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The Novel’s Evil Tongue

New York Times book reviews - December 16, 2015 - 9:29am
To live without gossip is to scorn storytelling, and thus literature.

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Ivory Tower: All Things Being Unequal

New York Times book reviews - December 15, 2015 - 2:30am
New books ask whether economic inequality is the real problem — or whether our preoccupation with it distracts us from more fundamental issues.

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Author’s Note: The King and I

New York Times book reviews - December 14, 2015 - 2:31pm
If literary fiction is Brooklyn, the historical novel is Queens.

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