Book Reviews

Hollywood on Tape

New York Times - August 17, 2017 - 12:59pm
Many celebrities are in on the audiobook business. Here, readings from more than 20 of them.
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Editors' Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times - August 17, 2017 - 11:25am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Newsbook: 3 Books on North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear War

New York Times - August 17, 2017 - 7:13am
Two books offer readers insight into the Orwellian society, and another discusses policy solutions.
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In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

NPR Books - August 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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By the Book: Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book

New York Times - August 17, 2017 - 1:00am
The author of the six-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle” and, most recently, “Autumn” steers clear of crime fiction: “I only read crime novels when I’m depressed, so I try to avoid them.”
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Nonfiction: Ellen Ullman’s New Book Tackles Tech’s Woman Problem

New York Times - August 17, 2017 - 1:00am
The pioneering programmer discusses her career and the dangers the internet poses to culture, privacy and civility in “Life in Code.”
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Crime: Crime Fiction: Sue Grafton Nears the End of Her Alphabet Mysteries

New York Times - August 17, 2017 - 1:00am
Kinsey Millhone makes one of her last crime column appearances. Elsewhere, we meet rough limo drivers, inept Laotian athletes and a wry L.A. coroner.
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Sketchbook / Graphic Review: Jillian Tamaki on ‘The Sky Is Falling’

New York Times - August 16, 2017 - 1:01pm
Jillian Tamaki revisits “The Sky Is Falling,” the children’s classic about British children evacuated to Canada during World War II.
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3 Romances For Your August Escape

NPR Books - August 16, 2017 - 9:00am

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

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Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

NPR Books - August 16, 2017 - 7:16am

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

NPR Books - August 16, 2017 - 3:00am

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

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Fiction: A Postmodern Buddy-Cop Novel Sends Up the World of Semiotics

New York Times - August 16, 2017 - 1:00am
Laurent Binet’s “The Seventh Function of Language” turns the story of the death of Roland Barthes into a romp through the days when literary theory reigned.
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Nonfiction: A Family Memoir Makes the Case That Autism Is Different, Not Less

New York Times - August 16, 2017 - 1:00am
Judith Newman’s “To Siri With Love,” about life with an autistic son, is both riotous and moving.
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'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 12:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

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Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 10:29am

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville

New York Times - August 15, 2017 - 10:20am
In light of the deadly violence during a white supremacist rally in Virginia this weekend, here are books to help you discuss racism and anti-Semitism at home.
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Nonfiction: The Curious Conundrum of Freud’s Persistent Influence

New York Times - August 15, 2017 - 8:29am
“Freud,” a critical biography by Frederick Crews, asks why the creator of a scientifically delegitimized blueprint of the mind still carries so much sway.
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Good Booty

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 7:18am

What rhymes with tutti frutti?

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'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 6:00am

Kamila Shamsie's new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

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'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 3:00am

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

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