New York Times book reviews

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘We Are Not Such Things’

July 22, 2016 - 7:47am
Justine van der Leun talks about “We Are Not Such Things”; and David Goldblatt discusses “The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.”
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Inside the List

July 22, 2016 - 7:04am
Daniel Silva’s “The Black Widow,” No. 1 in hardcover fiction, opens with an ISIS bombing in Paris. “I wrote this book as a warning about what was coming,” Silva says.
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Fiction: A Novel of Egypt’s ‘Cheated Generation’

July 22, 2016 - 6:46am
Yasmine El Rashidi’s “Chronicle of a Last Summer” is about a heroine’s path to adulthood during and after Mubarak.
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Fiction: A Second Mississippi Novel by Brad Watson

July 22, 2016 - 6:46am
Brad Watson’s “Miss Jane” imagines the ways a real woman with a birth defect insisted on her humanity in the old South.
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Fiction: Jesse Ball’s New Novel Features a Teenage Arsonist

July 22, 2016 - 6:46am
The unhappy protagonist of Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why” joins an “arson club.”
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Fiction: Outlaws Like a Good Book Too

July 22, 2016 - 6:43am
Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Heavenly Table,” a raw, riotous satire set in the rural South of 1917, takes aim at literary snobbery.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Traces a Woman’s Life in Solitude

July 22, 2016 - 6:43am
The linked vignettes in Claire-Louise Bennett’s “Pond” trace the streaming thoughts of a solitary woman.
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Fiction: A Novel Explores Tragedy’s Aftermath in a Colombian-American Family

July 22, 2016 - 6:43am
For the family in Patricia Engel’s “The Veins of the Ocean,” the past infects the present when a violent act is repeated.
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Poetry: Time-Traveling Poems Consider the Self in Its Many Guises

July 22, 2016 - 6:42am
The poet Jana Prikryl’s debut, “The After Party,” elevates the everyday and nods to influences from the past.
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Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

July 22, 2016 - 6:42am
Bill Loehfelm’s “Let the Devil Out,” Joseph Finder’s “Guilty Minds” and more.
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Nonfiction: Watching Brazil’s Rich: A Full-Time Job

July 22, 2016 - 6:42am
Years of covering Brazil’s tycoons yield Alex Cuadros’s “Brazillionaires,” a collage of immense wealth and government corruption.
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Nonfiction: Reconsidering the Work of a Chinese Immigrant Writer of the 1930s

July 22, 2016 - 6:42am
In “A Floating Chinaman,” Hua Hsu revisits a Chinese immigrant writer who could not surmount ethnocentrism and racism.
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Nonfiction: A Fond Look Back at the International Jet Set in Old Shanghai

July 22, 2016 - 6:41am
Taras Grescoe’s “Shanghai Grand” is a love song to “the wicked old Paris of the Orient.”
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Open Book: Sci-Fi in Bulk

July 22, 2016 - 6:41am
“The Big Book of Science Fiction” is nearly 1,200 pages of stories by the genre’s luminaries and lesser-known authors.
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Editors’ Choice

July 22, 2016 - 6:39am
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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Paperback Row

July 22, 2016 - 6:38am
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

July 22, 2016 - 6:38am
Readers respond to a recent review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” and more.
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By the Book: Megan Abbott: By the Book

July 21, 2016 - 3:00am
The author, most recently, of “You Will Know Me” keeps a copy of “How to Protect Yourself Against Psychic Attack” on her shelves. “Those who know me well probably wouldn’t be surprised.”
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Fiction: Dave Eggers’s New Novel Follows a Family Into the Alaskan Wild

July 21, 2016 - 1:30am
In Dave Eggers’s “Heroes of the Frontier,” a single mother imagining a new life takes her kids on the lam in Alaska.
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The Shortlist: Man vs. Machine

July 20, 2016 - 6:27am
New books about competing against computers for jobs, holding on to privacy in the digital age and more.
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