Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: Jesmyn Ward on ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 3:50pm
Ward discusses her new novel; David Dobbs on five new books about Darwin; and Kristin Cashore talks about “Jane, Unlimited.”
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Q. & A.: The Real Story Behind Roald Dahl’s ‘Black Charlie’

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 2:54pm
The author’s early draft of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” featured a black protagonist who gets trapped inside a chocolate mold. Was it racial stereotyping, or something more complicated?
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By the Book: Celeste Ng: By the Book

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 11:07am
The author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.”
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Open Book: Of God and War

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 7:47am
Sarah Sentilles’s “Draw Your Weapons” ranges widely through issues of photographic representation, theology, empathy, activism and pacifism.
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Inside the List: Thanks, Trump! Katy Tur Sees a Renaissance in Journalism

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 7:44am
The NBC reporter, who has a best-selling campaign book with “Unbelievable,” says that the president’s scorn has “revitalized the fourth estate.”
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Paperback Row

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again.
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Nonfiction: Writing Lines for Obama, Mixing Comedy and Hope

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
In his memoir “Thanks, Obama,” the speechwriter David Litt recalls coming of age at the White House.
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Nonfiction: A True Tale of Drug Cartels, Money Laundering and Horse Racing

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
In “Bones,” by Joe Tone, the divergent lives of two brothers — a bricklayer in Texas and a cartel boss in Mexico — converge on the racetrack.
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Stamp Notes: ‘The Snowy Day’ Captured in New Stamp Series

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
A new run of “Forever” stamps will feature scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’s classic children’s tale.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Reviews in Pictures: Harry Bliss on Norman Douglas’s ‘South Wind’

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
The 1917 novel from the British travel writer uses landscape as character.
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Author’s Note: Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
The author of “Gilead” and “Housekeeping” reflects on Emily Dickinson, expanding the mind and writing into the unknown.
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The Shortlist: How We Make Up Our Minds

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Four books about the mechanics of decision making.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times - September 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Readers respond to Greek myths, a cover illustration and more.
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Editors' Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times - September 21, 2017 - 5:26pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Further Reading: Readers Weighed in on the Best Books About the Vietnam War

New York Times - September 21, 2017 - 12:52pm
The Times Book Review put together a list of essential reading, but suggestions kept coming in.
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In 'The Ninth Hour,' A Tonic For The Ills Of The World

NPR Books - September 21, 2017 - 6:00am

Alice McDermott's new novel immerses readers in the homely details of Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early decades of the 20th century, but also addresses bigger, universal questions of love and life.

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In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second

NPR Books - September 21, 2017 - 3:01am

Eleanor Henderson's novel, set in 1930s Georgia, seeks to portray a time when "slavery was over, but not past," says our reviewer. But a lack of nuance keeps its characters from emerging as individuals.

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At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates

NPR Books - September 21, 2017 - 3:00am

Through the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project, librarians and staff re-create historical recipes from thousands of cookbooks in the collections. Some dishes are culturally telling ... and comical.

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Nonfiction: When the Governments of the World Agreed to Banish War

New York Times - September 21, 2017 - 1:00am
“The Internationalists,” by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, argues that a 1928 pact was the beginning of the end of war.
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