Book Reviews

Margaret Forster’s ‘Unknown Bridesmaid’

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:53am
A child psychologist is troubled by her own adolescence.
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Author's Note: Be Polite With Your Books

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:52am
The etiquette of borrowing, recommending and reshelving books.
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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:52am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:52am
Paperback books of particular interest.
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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:51am
Ian McEwan, whose novel “The Children Act” is No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list, keeps a tally on his website of academic dissertations and theses discussing his work.
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Bookshelf: Laughs

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:51am
New picture books include Mac Barnett’s “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.”
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Deborah Levy’s ‘Black Vodka’ and ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:48am
In two books, Deborah Levy explores exile, estrangement and the deferral of desire.
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‘The Paying Guests,’ by Sarah Waters

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:48am
In Sarah Waters’s novel of illicit love in 1920s London, a widow and her spinster daughter take a young couple into their home.
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‘A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing,’ by Eimear McBride

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:47am
An Irish woman leaves behind a sick brother and an abusive home life in this coming-of-age novel.
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‘Stone Mattress,’ by Margaret Atwood

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:47am
There’s plenty of life left in the aging protagonists of Margaret Atwood’s “tales.”
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The Shortlist: Raffaella Barker's 'From a Distance,' and More

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:43am
New books by Raffaella Barker, Elizabeth Gaffney, Jennie Rooney and Jacqueline Winspear.
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Letters: When the Troops Came Home

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:42am
Readers respond to recent reviews of Robert Timberg’s “Blue-Eyed Boy,” William Giraldi’s “Hold the Dark” and more.
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Open Book: Civil War (and Family) History

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 7:42am
Laird Hunt learned about his Civil War-era ancestors while doing research for his novel “Neverhome.”
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Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles

NPR Books - September 19, 2014 - 6:32am

Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.

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How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace?

NPR Books - September 19, 2014 - 5:58am

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.

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Short Story: Book Excerpt: ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’

New York Times book reviews - September 19, 2014 - 4:42am
The title story from Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming collection. Her most recent novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” both won the Man Booker Prize.






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‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,’ by Jeff Hobbs

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 12:10pm
Jeff Hobbs tells the story of Robert DeShaun Peace, who went from a New Jersey ghetto to Yale but never truly escaped his past.
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Mark Whitaker’s ‘Cosby’

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 11:55am
A biography of Bill Cosby chronicles the outspoken comedian’s rise to stardom, along with personal and professional setbacks.
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The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 11:39am

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

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‘The Emerald Light in the Air,’ by Donald Antrim

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 8:30am
Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.






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