Book Reviews

‘Cycle of Lies’ and ‘Wheelmen’

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:23am
Lance Armstrong and the win-at-all-costs world of pro cycling.






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‘Neanderthal Man,’ by Svante Paabo

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:22am
In tracing ancient DNA, a paleogeneticist uncovered a relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans.






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‘Plato at the Googleplex,’ by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:22am
A philosophical inquiry imagines Plato on an American book tour in the 21st century.






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Crime: Nevada Barr’s ‘Destroyer Angel,’ and More

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:21am
In Nevada Barr’s Destroyer Angel,” the National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon must revert to her animal nature to survive.






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‘Three Brothers,’ by Peter Ackroyd

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:19am
This novel, set against the backdrop of 1960s London, abounds with political corruption and sexual scandal.






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‘No Book but the World,’ by Leah Hager Cohen

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:19am
Raised by utopian parents, this novel’s brother and sister find it hard to navigate the world.






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‘Saint Monkey,’ by Jacinda Townsend

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:19am
Two ambitious friends come of age in 1950s Kentucky, but a rift forms when one moves to Harlem.






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:18am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:17am
Paperback books of particular interest.






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The Shortlist: Susan Cheever’s ‘E. E. Cummings,’ and More

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:17am
New books about Marianne Moore, E. E. Cummings, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and Tennyson.






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Open Book: From Fan Letter to Pen Pal

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:16am
“Fare Forward” collects letters written by the experimental-fiction writer David Markson to a fan turned friend.






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Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 3:39am

Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.

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'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 3:03am

Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.

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Colombia Mourns Death Of Favorite Son: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 1:09am

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, died on Thursday. He made Colombia synonymous with literature, particularly the dreamlike, whimsical story-telling known as magical realism.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 12:14am

In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy and reflects on hard-won political lessons.

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Letters: Stevens v. Shakespeare

New York Times book reviews - April 17, 2014 - 12:14pm
Readers react to a recent interview with John Paul Stevens and more.






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‘Asia’s Cauldron,’ by Robert D. Kaplan

New York Times book reviews - April 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
As America’s influence in the Western Pacific diminishes, China’s power rises, along with the potential for geopolitical conflict.






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Adam Begley’s ‘Updike’

New York Times book reviews - April 17, 2014 - 11:59am
Adam Begley’s biography of John Updike surveys his work as well as his life.






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‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,’ by Francine Prose

New York Times book reviews - April 17, 2014 - 11:59am
Francine Prose’s new novel, about a cross-dressing French racecar driver who collaborates with the Nazis, is recounted by various alternating narrators.






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Robin Roberts: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - April 17, 2014 - 6:30am
The “Good Morning America” anchor and author of “Everybody’s Got Something” calls Maya Angelou her literary hero: As a teenager in Mississippi, “I identified with her quest for independence.”






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