Book Reviews

Audiobooks: ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ Read by George Guidall

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.
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Audiobooks: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Dan Stevens reads Robert Fitzgerald’s classic translations of Homer.
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Audiobooks: ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Read by Tim Robbins

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Is “Fahrenheit 451” a parable about censorship or an indictment of the cultural distraction of technology?
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‘Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,’ by Hermione Lee

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 9:59am
Hermione Lee’s latest biography is of the English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, a late bloomer who published her first book at 58 and became famous at 80.
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The Shortlist: Val Wang's 'Beijing Bastard,' and More

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 9:20am
New books by Val Wang, Xiaolu Guo, Tim Clissold and Liu Zhenyun.
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Book News: Daniel Handler Apologizes For Jokes At National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 21, 2014 - 8:17am

Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, hosted Wednesday's ceremony — and made a few racially charged jokes while doing so. He apologized after a backlash Thursday. Also: A Beach Boy plans a memoir.

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Open Book: A ‘No Wing’ Author

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 8:08am
Carolyn Chute is as unclassifiable and unruly in her books as she is in person.
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Carolyn Chute’s ‘Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves’

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 8:06am
Some residents of Egypt, Maine, fear a communal settlement and its enigmatic leader; others are irresistibly attracted.
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Letters: ‘This Changes Everything’

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 8:02am
Readers respond to recent reviews of Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything,” Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters” and more.
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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 8:02am
Paperback books of particular interest.
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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 7:57am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 7:52am
Richard Ford, whose latest Frank Bascombe book is on the extended hardcover fiction list, had originally named his character Frank Slocum.
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ArtsBeat: The New Republic’s Party Includes Bill Clinton, Toasts and Whispers of Unease

New York Times book reviews - November 21, 2014 - 7:50am
Chris Hughes, the owner, gives a speech about looking toward the future and embracing experimentation. The editors talk about protecting the past.






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‘Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love,’ by James Booth

New York Times book reviews - November 20, 2014 - 4:07pm
James Booth’s new biography of Philip Larkin demonstrates why the poet’s work is great.
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ArtsBeat: Phil Klay’s Literary Salon on the F Train

New York Times book reviews - November 20, 2014 - 3:00pm
The morning after winning the National Book Award, Mr. Klay spotted a commuter reading a book by another National Book Award winner — his mentor, Colum McCann.






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Book Review: 'Citizen: An American Lyric'

NPR Books - November 20, 2014 - 1:24pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine. It's been nominated for a National Book Award.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

NPR Books - November 20, 2014 - 12:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

NPR Books - November 20, 2014 - 12:09pm

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 20, 2014 - 7:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Gabrielle Hamilton: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - November 20, 2014 - 7:00am
The chef and author of “Prune” and “Blood, Bones and Butter”: “The perfectness of reading is when a book hits you and you hit it and . . . you are completed in a way you have never been before.”






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