Book Reviews

Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:37am
In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.






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Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:37am
Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.






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‘When Books Went to War,’ by Molly Guptill Manning

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
In World War II, books helped lift the spirits of the troops.






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‘The Match Girl and the Heiress,’ by Seth Koven

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
A story of activists and unlikely soulmates in Victorian London.






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‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ by Anita Anand

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
The life of a suffragist daughter of an exiled maharajah.






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‘There Was and There Was Not,’ by Meline Toumani

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:32am
An Armenian-American moves to Turkey to investigate a history of tense relations.






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‘Once Upon a Time,’ by Marina Warner

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:32am
Marina Warner explores the history and enduring power of fairy tales.






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‘Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye,’ by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:31am
Mourning her father’s death, the author undertakes a pilgrimage to Japan’s great Buddhist temples.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:18am
Ms. Leovy discusses “Ghettoside,” Patton Oswalt talks about his new memoir and Anita Shapira discusses “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel.”






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‘Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!,’ by Nicholas Carlson

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:13am
In 2012, Marissa Mayer was tasked with reversing the fortunes of a struggling Internet pioneer.
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‘The Forgotten Depression,’ by James Grant

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:03am
Looking at the depression of 1921.
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Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

NPR Books - January 22, 2015 - 1:01pm

Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.

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By the Book: Daniel Handler: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - January 22, 2015 - 7:40am
The author, most recently, of the novel “We Are Pirates” (and, as Lemony Snicket, numerous children’s books) likes to read Miss Manners.






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Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times book reviews - January 21, 2015 - 9:17am
In “Ghettoside,” Jill Leovy describes a homicide case in South Los Angeles to examine the epidemic of unsolved murders of African-American men in America.






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