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New York Times Books
Nov 24, 2020

When A.I. Falls in Love
The Times asked GPT-3 to tell us a little about itself and its romantic life.

New York Times Books
Nov 23, 2020

‘Hillbilly Elegy' Review: I Remember Mamaw
Glenn Close and Amy Adams star in Ron Howard's Hollywoodized version of J.D. Vance's best seller.

New York Times Books
Nov 23, 2020

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
They can't detect all conflicts, but new computer programs serve as guard rails when scientists and publishers fail to self-police.

New York Times Books
Nov 23, 2020

The 10 Best Books of 2020
The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.

New York Times Books
Nov 23, 2020

A Wild, Caustic Satire Packed With the Absurd
Guillermo Stitch's novel "Lake of Urine" is full of bristly characters and bizarre incidents.

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Nov 21, 2020

Jan Morris, a Distinctive Guide Who Took Readers Around the World
Morris, who died on Friday at 94, was an inveterate traveler who wrote acclaimed books about Venice, Hong Kong, New York and many other places.

New York Times Books
Nov 21, 2020

An Eco-Fable From the Author of ‘The Magicians'
In Lev Grossman's first middle grade novel, "The Silver Arrow," a magic steam train ride with talking animals gives a young girl a sense of purpose.

New York Times Books
Nov 21, 2020

What if Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor Had Joined Forces?
In "Alice's Farm," a brave cottontail and her brother secretly help a city family succeed at farming to save their bunny habitat from developers.

New York Times Books
Nov 21, 2020

Presidential Memoirs Don't Always Take This Long to Write
Barack Obama's new book, "A Promised Land," arrived nearly four years after he left the White House. A look at how he and other presidents approached their memoirs offers some clues about the timing.

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

Fred Hills, Editor of Nabokov and Many Others, Dies at 85
A longtime editor at Simon & Schuster, he brought to market both commercial hits and literary prizewinners and edited more than 50 New York Times best sellers.

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

The 10 Best Books Through Time
A look at our picks from the past 16 years.

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Nov 20, 2020

Tracey Davis, Chronicler of Ups and Downs With Her Famous Father, Dies at 59
In two books, she described Sammy Davis Jr.'s negligent parenting but also celebrated the intimate moments she shared with him toward the end of his life.

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

Joy Williams and Her Unique Views of America
A.O. Scott talks about Williams's fiction, and Nicholas Christakis discusses his new book about the coronavirus, "Apollo's Arrow."

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

Trying to Keep It Together in Zoom School
When a children's book tour goes virtual, high jinks ensure.

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

Jan Morris, Celebrated Writer of Place and History, Is Dead at 94
In more than four dozen books, Morris explored foreign lands, her own Britain and her experience as a transgender woman.

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘The Grammarians' and ‘Edison'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Nov 20, 2020

England's Greatest Novelist and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

12 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

Jan Myrdal, Swedish Author and Provocateur, Dies at 93
His father and mother were both Nobel Prize winners. His most famous book was about how badly they treated him.

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart Wins for 'Shuggie Bain'
The autobiographical novel, about the lonely gay son of an alcoholic mother in 1980s Scotland, was one of four debut books in this year's shortlist.

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics
In "A Sound Mind," the British journalist Paul Morley discovers the wonders of classical music.

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

Poem: A Yearning to Wrinkle
Even our clothes suffer when they're stuck at home. In this poem, a shirt dreams of the wider world.

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

The Classic Novel That Robert Macfarlane Just Couldn't Finish
"Wild landscapes, weird nature, science fiction — this really should be my jam. But no."

New York Times Books
Nov 19, 2020

Now More Than Ever, Brandon Stanton Makes People Feel Less Alone
The creator of Humans of New York went global in his new best seller. Now that we have to stay local, his perspective is more galvanizing than ever.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

2020 National Book Award Winners: Full List
The nonfiction prize went to Les Payne and Tamara Payne for "The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X." The crime novelist Walter Mosley received a lifetime achievement award.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

White House Sought Suit Against Omarosa Manigault Newman After News of Her Memoir
A day after the 2018 announcement that she had written a negative book about President Trump, the White House escalated an unrelated dispute by referring it to the Justice Department.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

‘Funeral Diva,' a Mix of Memoir and Poetry, Stirs the Body and Mind
Pamela Sneed's book powerfully recalls the contributions and leadership of lesbians during the height of the AIDS crisis.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

Jill Paton Walsh, Multigenerational Writer, Dies at 83
Her books for young readers had won acclaim when, in 1994, one for adults made the Booker Prize shortlist — but only after she had resorted to publishing it herself.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

How Ta-Nehisi Coates's Memoir Went From Page to Stage to HBO
An all-star cast came together, remotely and in socially distanced shoots, to turn Ta-Nehisi Coates's memoir into a vivid amalgam of art, music and performance for HBO.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

‘Between the World and Me': From Page to Stage to Screen
An all-star cast came together, remotely and in socially distanced shoots, to turn Ta-Nehisi Coates's memoir into a vivid amalgam of art, music and performance for HBO.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?
Some publishing executives worry their authors and staff might rebel, but they say their bigger concern would be ensuring the book's accuracy.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

The Wild, Rangy, Unclassifiable Delights of Joy Williams's Fiction
In the third installment of "The Americans," his series on overlooked or under-read writers, A.O. Scott considers the idiosyncratic originality of an author whose influences extend from Hawthorne to Carver but whose imagination is wholly her own.

New York Times Books
Nov 18, 2020

How Richard Linklater's ‘Dazed and Confused' Came to Exist
Patton Oswalt reviews "Alright, Alright, Alright," an oral history by Melissa Maerz.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Characters Protesting the Times, When the Real Problem Is Time Itself
In Charles Baxter's new novel, "The Sun Collective," an aging couple‘s search for their missing son leads them to a quasi-anarchist group.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Rebel Girls to Rachel Bloom
A selection of recent audiobooks of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

In This Debut Novel, a Chinese Immigrant Keeps His Sleepwalking Sister's Secrets
Simon Han's "Nights When Nothing Happened" exposes the tedium and tension of life as a foreigner in America.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘V2,' by Robert Harris
"V2," Robert Harris's new World War II novel, follows a German engineer of the feared rockets and a British woman sent to stop them.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘Strongmen,' by Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Ruth Ben-Ghiat's "Strongmen" examines a long list of tyrants in the modern era.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘Waste,' by Catherine Coleman Flowers
Catherine Coleman Flowers's memoir chronicles her advocacy for improved sanitation systems in rural America and her own education as an activist.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

'Harry Potter' Fans on TikTok Are Editing Themselves Into the Movies
On TikTok, Gen Z "Harry Potter" fans edit themselves into the movies in a quest for escapism, representation and community.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

‘Harry Potter' and the Prisoners of Quarantine
On TikTok, Gen Z "Harry Potter" fans edit themselves into the movies in a quest for escapism, representation and community.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

‘Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West,' by Lauren Redniss: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West," by Lauren Redniss

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

‘The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches From a Precarious State,' by Declan Walsh: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches From a Precarious State," by Declan Walsh

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Essay Collections on Home, Culture and Everything in Between
"Maybe the People Would Be the Times," "The Age of Skin," "Mobile Home" and "The Best of Brevity" break down a complicated world.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Dissecting Black Love, White Tears and Racialized Sexual Panic
Three new books on race and relationships explore how white attitudes about sex and emotions have shaped our history.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

An Epic Week for the Books Desk
In the coming days, the team will cover two major awards and reveal two year-end lists. There's also a certain presidential memoir coming out. Two editors discuss an industry that hasn't slowed down.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

In the Caribbean and Beyond, Aunties Are So Much More Than Just Family
In Alecia McKenzie's new novel, "A Million Aunties," a Black painter seeks solace from personal tragedy in the arms of his Jamaican community.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

How the Problem of ‘Waste' Affects the Rural Poor
Catherine Coleman Flowers's memoir chronicles her advocacy for improved sanitation systems in rural America and her own education as an activist.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘Oak Flat,' by Lauren Redniss
In her latest work of graphic nonfiction, Lauren Redniss recounts what happened when a copper mining company decided to develop an Arizona tribe's sacred land.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘The Nine Lives of Pakistan,' by Declan Walsh
In "The Nine Lives of Pakistan," Declan Walsh, a foreign correspondent for The Times, profiles some of the country's powerful and contentious figures and investigates why his work eventually got him kicked out.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘The Moth and the Mountain,' by Ed Caesar
"The Moth and the Mountain," by Ed Caesar, recounts the unlikely story of a man who dreamed of being the first person to ascend Mount Everest.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

A Writer Owes His Liberty to His Mother's Surrender of Her Own
Ismail Kadare's autobiographical novel "The Doll" is part remembrance, part detective story about how his mother shaped his own life.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Ismail Kadare Attributes His Writer's Gift to His Mother
Kadare's autobiographical novel "The Doll" is part remembrance, part detective story about how his mother shaped his own life.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

The Deadliness of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak Was Not Inevitable
In "Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds," the public health expert Paul Farmer examines the structural and historical inequalities that led to Ebola's devastating toll.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Book Review: ‘The Orchard,' by David Hopen
In David Hopen's debut novel, "The Orchard," faith gets put to the test as a boy comes of age.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

The Director André Gregory Has Written a Memoir, but He Says He Hasn't
In "This Is Not My Memoir," the co-star of "My Dinner With André" remembers his many theatrical provocations.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

A Climate-Crisis Novel Offers True-to-Life Snapshots of Survival
"Stillicide," a novel by Cynan Jones, imagines a world where an extended drought has transformed daily life.

New York Times Books
Nov 17, 2020

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Bids for Simon & Schuster
A sale of the venerable publisher of Stephen King and Hillary Clinton could fetch $1.7 billion and rev up consolidation in book publishing.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2020

Enslaved, Terrorized, Disenfranchised: Black Americans Still Found Ways to Change America
Two new works of history, "South to Freedom," by Alice L. Baumgartner, and "The Kidnapping Club," by Jonathan Daniel Wells, show how the actions of Black Americans have long influenced national politics.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2020

Rachel Bloom's Life Is an Open Book
The star and co-creator of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" wryly explores adolescent angst, adult trauma and musical theater in a new memoir, "I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are."

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2020

Jacques Pépin and the Art of Making the Most of It
"Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple," an updated cookbook, offers useful lessons in economy for trying times.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2020

After a Writing Break, She Returned as a Booker Finalist
Tsitsi Dangarembga's debut novel, "Nervous Conditions," made her part of the African literary canon. Decades later, "This Mournable Body" has made her a contender for one of the world's top book prizes.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2020

Readers Have Been Eagerly Waiting for Barack Obama's New Memoir. Struggling Booksellers Have, Too.
"A Promised Land" is a potential lifeline for booksellers whose sales have plummeted during the pandemic.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2020

In ‘A Promised Land,' Barack Obama Thinks — and Thinks Some More — Over His First Term
The former president recounts his political ascent and offers close-up views of the major issues he faced during his first years in the White House.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2020

Things To Do At Home
Spend the week getting swept up in classic dance, admiring a sloth or listening to Soccer Mommy.

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Nov 14, 2020

A Girl Raised in Isolation Stumbles on an Exit
"Cleo Porter and the Body Electric," a lighthearted adventure written before the pandemic, imagines a post-virus world eerily like the one we now inhabit.

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Nov 14, 2020

Razzle Dazzle, Part 2: Broadway Triumphs Again
Michael Riedel's "Singular Sensation" tracks the blockbuster successes of the 1990s.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

Undreamed Waters, Unexpected Shores
Two remarkable new picture books about ships that pass in the night.

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Nov 13, 2020

David Byrne on Turning ‘American Utopia' Into a Book
Byrne talks about his work with the artist Maira Kalman on his latest book, and Brittany K. Barnett discusses "A Knock at Midnight."

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

Spare a Thought for the Indies
Independent bookstores have suffered in Covid times. Here's a few of the more famous ones and how they're faring.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

When It Comes to Living With Uncertainty, Michael J. Fox Is a Pro
In his fourth memoir, "No Time Like the Future," the actor and activist opens up about his newfound, uniquely upbeat brand of pessimism.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

Using the Bible in an Apocalypse and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

New in Paperback:
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Nov 13, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘Busted in New York' and ‘Little Darlings'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

Considering Malcolm X and the Perfect Black Man
Michael P. Jeffries reviews Les Payne and Tamara Payne's book, "The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X," in this week's issue. In 1992, Michael Eric Dyson wrote for the Book Review about a select group of books that examine Malcolm X's life.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2020

Young Adult Debuts
Coming-of-age stories from four first-time novelists.

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Nov 13, 2020

Into the Woods
In Gavriel Savit's "The Way Back," a National Book Award finalist, two children leave their shtetl and venture to the Far Country.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2020

What are the 10 Best Books of 2020? You Can Find Out First
Join The Times for a live virtual announcement of this year's 10 Best Books list, featuring a celebrity guest.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2020

9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2020

Newton's 'Principia' Had a Surprisingly Wide Audience, Historians Find
The discovery suggests that "Principia" had a stronger impact on Enlightenment science than previous research suggested.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2020

Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller Is Back. This Time He's the Suspect.
In "The Law of Innocence," someone has planted a corpse in the trunk of the snazzy lawyer's famous Lincoln Town Car.

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Nov 12, 2020

Book Review: ‘A Promised Land,' by Barack Obama
This first volume of the former president's memoirs brims with warmth, humor and introspection.

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Nov 12, 2020

The ‘Detective Work' Behind a War Novel
Maaza Mengiste spent years on "The Shadow King," not only writing but also learning Italian, living in Rome and amassing an archive of historical photography that informed her book.

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Nov 12, 2020

Where Does Our Consciousness Overlap With an Octopus's?
In "Metazoa," Peter Godfrey-Smith explores the ocean depths to illuminate how the minds of animals work.

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Nov 12, 2020

Christie Tate Wrote a Best Seller About Group Therapy. Fellow Members Approved.
She tried her hand at fiction, to no avail. So she wrote a memoir about a circle of strangers instead.

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Nov 12, 2020

How ‘Catcher in the Rye' Influenced Lenny Kravitz's Memoir
"It helped me reshuffle things in my head and how I wanted to speak."

New York Times Books
Nov 11, 2020

Natan Zach, Blunt and Cherished Israeli Poet, Dies at 89
Mr. Zach chafed at the formal structures and opaque Hebrew of poetry in the young Jewish state, and wrote in a looser and more direct language.

New York Times Books
Nov 11, 2020

‘I am My Own Subject': Celia Paul on Lucian Freud, Motherhood and a Life in Art
In her mesmerizing "Self-Portrait," Paul recounts her fraught relationship with Freud and the challenges of realizing her artistic ambitions.

New York Times Books
Nov 11, 2020

They Are Also 2 Wild and Crazy Guys
Steve Martin wanted to make cartoons, but he can only draw stick figures. He teamed up with the illustrator Harry Bliss, and the result is their new book, "A Wealth of Pigeons."

New York Times Books
Nov 11, 2020

How Rose Dugdale Went From British Debutante to I.R.A. ‘Freedom Fighter'
In "The Woman Who Stole Vermeer," Anthony M. Amore recounts the social history that led to the biggest female-led art heist ever committed.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

A Monumental and Rapturous New Anthology of Black American Poetry
"African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song," edited by Kevin Young, contains an overwhelming amount of variety and history.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

New & Noteworthy, From Fake News to American Essays
A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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Nov 10, 2020

Authoritarians From Mussolini to Trump
Ruth Ben-Ghiat's "Strongmen" examines a long list of tyrants in the modern era.

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Nov 10, 2020

‘The Arrest,' by Jonathan Lethem: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Arrest," by Jonathan Lethem

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Nov 10, 2020

‘Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life,' by Katherine E. Standefer: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life," by Katherine E. Standefer

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

‘Loved and Wanted: A Memoir of Choice, Children, and Womanhood,' by Christa Parravani: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Loved and Wanted: A Memoir of Choice, Children, and Womanhood," by Christa Parravani

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

In the Trenches of World War I, a Bloody Ritual Fueled by Guilt
David Diop's novel "At Night All Blood Is Black" follows an African soldier fighting for the French as he sinks deeper into psychological horror.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

This Medical Memoir Reads Like a Detective Story
A young woman's diagnosis is only the beginning of the mystery in "Lightning Flowers." As Katherine E. Standefer tried to make sense of her heart condition, her conscience sent her on a trip across the world.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

New Story Collections Reconsider History and Upend Tradition
The authors of "The Office of Historical Corrections," "Igifu," "Where the Wild Ladies Are" and "A Sense of the Whole" would like to revise the record.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2020

Book Review: ‘Metropolis,' by Ben Wilson
"Metropolis," by Ben Wilson, examines the history of civilizations and the "connective tissue" that makes them thrive.

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