Book Reviews

Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 12:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

New York Times book reviews - July 29, 2014 - 7:48am
Complete contents of the Book Review since 1997.






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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 7:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

New York Times book reviews - July 29, 2014 - 6:00am
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.






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Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 3:35am

Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 12:55am

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei

NPR Books - July 29, 2014 - 12:55am

In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei.

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Book Review: 'A Replacement Life'

NPR Books - July 28, 2014 - 12:09pm

Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.

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Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

NPR Books - July 28, 2014 - 12:09pm

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.

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Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons

NPR Books - July 28, 2014 - 3:21am

Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

NPR Books - July 27, 2014 - 1:11pm

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

NPR Books - July 27, 2014 - 4:11am

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

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A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

NPR Books - July 27, 2014 - 3:03am

Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

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Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store

NPR Books - July 27, 2014 - 3:03am

NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

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