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Apr 25, 2019

Editors' Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Apr 25, 2019

John L'Heureux, Whose Novels Wrestled With Faith, Dies at 84
"God is not dead in L'Heureux stories," one critic wrote. "He's simply absent, joking or malicious." A former priest, L'Heureux wrote more than 20 books.

New York Times Books
Apr 25, 2019

13 Poets Laureate Receive Fellowships for Civic Projects
The poets, from 10 different states, will receive a combined $1 million to establish projects like writing workshops and readings in their communities.

New York Times Books
Apr 25, 2019

Fiction: Two Novels for and About Lost Millennial Women
The directionless heroines of Jen Beagin's "Vacuum in the Dark" and Halle Butler's "The New Me" follow in the footsteps of Ottessa Moshfegh and Catherine Lacey.

New York Times Books
Apr 25, 2019

PROFILE: The Many Lives of Jan Morris
It wasn't until her latest book, "In My Mind's Eye," was serialized on BBC that many of her neighbors realized there was a celebrity in their midst.

New York Times Books
Apr 25, 2019

By the Book: By the Book: Gary Snyder
The poet, essayist and environmentalist cites Ovid's "Metamorphoses" as an inspiration: "Ovid in a sense tried to write the entire Roman story. I take it as a challenge to look for the storyteller of the planet."

New York Times Books
Apr 24, 2019

Books News: Nora Roberts Sues Brazilian Writer Who She Says Plagiarized Her Work
The romance novelist Cristiane Serruya has been accused of copying passages from dozens of writers.

New York Times Books
Apr 24, 2019

Books of The Times: Mental Illness Is All in Your Brain — or Is It?
Anne Harrington's "Mind Fixers" traces the history of attempts to establish the biology of mental illnesses — which have led to repeated frustration.

New York Times Books
Apr 24, 2019

Tech We're Using: Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits
Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, decided to downgrade her tech two years ago. It has worked out, with paper and DVDs instead of the latest apps and gizmos.

New York Times Books
Apr 24, 2019

Nonfiction: A 500-Year-Old Tale of Intrigue, Greed and Betrayal
In "The Lost Gutenberg," Margaret Davis traces the colorful history of a rare Bible through its owners.

New York Times Books
Apr 24, 2019

Nonfiction: A Passion for Punctuation Meets a Love for All Things Greek
Mary Norris's "Greek to Me" is an exuberant account of a decades-long obsession with a culture and its language.

New York Times Books
Apr 24, 2019

Nonfiction: An Earlier Age When the United States Kept Immigrants Out
Michael Dobbs's "The Unwanted" describes the plight of European Jews trying to escape extermination by the Nazis.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

Books of The Times: With Sensuality and Coolness, a Debut Novel Considers the (Partial) Truths We Tell About Ourselves
The narrator of Aysegul Savas's "Walking on the Ceiling" writes from present-day Istanbul, remembering time she spent adrift in Paris and London after the death of her mother.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

Poetry: In ‘Swift,' David Baker's Poetry Stitches the Fractured World Into Art
For almost 40 years, in the extreme suburbs and the diminishing countryside, Baker has worked to see and describe things as though for the first time.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

Nonfiction: Turkey's Killing Fields
In "The Thirty-Year Genocide," the Israeli historians Benny Morris and Dror Ze'evi detail the slaughter of Turkey's Christian minorities.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

Nonfiction: Anna Quindlen's No. 1 Rule for Grandparents: Butt Out
In her new essay collection, "Nanaville," the novelist and former Times columnist writes about what she's learned since becoming a grandmother.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

New & Noteworthy, From Walt Whitman and More
A selection of recent poetry books (plus Whitman's ruminations); and a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

Nonfiction: Dismantling the Myth of ‘The Heartland'
The new book by the historian Kristin L. Hoganson explodes conventional ideas about the Midwest as America's "insulated core" — the wellspring of its values and identity.

New York Times Books
Apr 23, 2019

Nonfiction: Cash, Jewels and Gold: The Tale of Britain's Biggest Heist
In "The Last Job," Dan Bilefsky explores a famous London robbery that was masterminded by a 76-year-old pensioner.

New York Times Books
Apr 22, 2019

Newsbook: 3 Books Explore Sri Lanka's Past (Violent and Otherwise)
Read about the country's decades long civil war and its toll on the Sri Lankan people.

New York Times Books
Apr 22, 2019

Books of The Times: In Ian McEwan's Latest, a Ménage à Trois — Software Included
"Machines Like Me" imagines the relationship between a man, woman and lifelike robot in an alternative 1980s England.

New York Times Books
Apr 22, 2019

Nonfiction: Two Early Presidents Who Questioned the Wisdom of ‘the People'
In "The Problem of Democracy," Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein show that John and John Quincy Adams were skeptical of popular democracy.

New York Times Books
Apr 22, 2019

Nonfiction: Pico Iyer Reflects on a Quarter-Century of Life in Japan
In "Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells," the noted journalist finds wisdom in the rituals and routines he shares with his Japanese wife.

New York Times Books
Apr 22, 2019

Prince's Unfinished Memoir Will Be Released After All
The publisher Random House announced on Monday that the "newly envisioned" book would now include rare photographs and handwritten lyrics.

New York Times Books
Apr 22, 2019

Like a Boss: Jonny Sun's Work Diary: Correct Spellign Optoinal, Creativity Mandatory
The author-illustrator behind ‘everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too' is writing for TV and film, plus pursuing a Ph.D. at M.I.T.

New York Times Books
Apr 21, 2019

5 Things About Your Book: An Undocumented Woman Struggles to Root Her Family in New York City
Melissa Rivero's debut novel, "The Affairs of the Falcóns," features a family that, like hers did, emigrates to New York from Peru.

New York Times Books
Apr 21, 2019

Nonfiction: That Man From Stratford
"What Blest Genius?," by Andrew McConnell Stott, and "Shakespeare's Library," by Stuart Kells, explore different facets of the history and mysteries of the playwright's reputation.

New York Times Books
Apr 21, 2019

Nonfiction: A Former Marine Looks Back on Her Life in a Male-Dominated Military
Anuradha Bhagwati's forceful memoir, "Unbecoming," tackles sexual harassment, discrimination and the possibilities for redress for American servicewomen.

New York Times Books
Apr 20, 2019

Books of The Times: The Mueller Report: A Thorny, Patriotic Addition to a Curious American Bookshelf
Much of what's in the report is already known, but our book critic says it still has "the power to shock and appall."

New York Times Books
Apr 20, 2019

Nonfiction: ‘When Brooklyn Was Queer' Evokes the Borough's Hidden History
Hugh Ryan's new account delves into colorful characters who frequented the area around the Brooklyn Navy Yard — a flourishing center of 19th-century queer life.

New York Times Books
Apr 20, 2019

Nonfiction: A Young Poet, a Mysterious Stranger and an El Salvador on the Brink of War
Carolyn Forché's "What You Have Heard Is True" recalls her 1970s journey in the company of a revolutionary who wants her to bear witness to his country's terror and bloodshed.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Nonfiction: Why Did We Fight the Iraq War?
Michael J. Mazarr's "Leap of Faith" argues that the tragedy was the result of a missionary impulse and wishful thinking.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Warren Adler, ‘The War of the Roses' Author, Is Dead at 91
A late-blooming novelist, he had his greatest success with a comedy about a couple in a domestic free-for-all. It became a hit movie.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Podcast Review: Michael Lewis Enters the Podcasting Game With ‘Against the Rules'
Lewis's seven-part series examines our relationship to authority and to regulation — our mistrust of them and, in some cases, our full-throated hostility toward them.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

What They Left Behind: Legacies of the Recently Departed
Some gems from the life's work of people remembered in obituaries in The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Gene Wolfe, Acclaimed Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 87
His four-book series "The Book of the New Sun" is considered one of the major works of the genre.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

The Book Review Podcast: Robert Caro on How He Does It
The acclaimed biographer of Lyndon Johnson and Robert Moses talks about his new book, "Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing."

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Fiction: A Suspicious Death Exposes Painful Fissures in a Mojave Desert Town
In "The Other Americans," a powerful new novel by Laila Lalami, a diverse group of citizens are forced to question their beliefs and allegiances after a Moroccan immigrant is killed.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

From Our Archives: Revisiting Lyndon B. Johnson and the 1948 Senate Elections
Published in 1990, the second volume of Robert A. Caro's biography of Johnson investigates the intensely contested 1948 senatorial election.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Inside the List: ‘That's When I Acknowledged What Had Been Simmering Inside Me for Years: Anger'
The U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach wants to help other women overcome institutionalized discrimination — and she's written a book, "Wolfpack," about it.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Children's Books: Books That Expand the Possibilities of Boyhood
What does it mean to be a boy now? New nonfiction books show the varied thoughts and experiences of boys facing peril — or just figuring out how to be themselves.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘Warlight,' ‘Air Traffic'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Nonfiction: His Children Called Him the Duke of Villanova. But Who Really Was He?
Janny Scott's memoir, "The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father," explores the consequences of generations of inherited Main Line wealth.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Crime: A Cannibal, a Dead Viscount and a Case of Stolen Sand
Marilyn Stasio's Crime column features a new and gruesome Lucas Davenport novel and the latest appearance of Parnell Hall's cantankerous murder-solving puzzle lady.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

The Shortlist: A Serial Killer Clown, You Say? Now That's Dark Comedy
New collections from Carianne Leung ("That Time I Loved You"), Amy Hempel ("Sing to It") and Mark Mayer ("Aerialists") balance anxiety with humor.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Nonfiction: A Queer, Biracial Coming-of-Age Memoir Is Equal Parts Pain and Pleasure
T Kira Madden's debut, "Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls," recalls a troubled childhood in chapters as fragmented as her family life was.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Fiction: Revising the History of Chicago in a Sweeping Debut Novel
Jonathan Carr's "Make Me a City" reconstructs an alternate history of Chicago in fictional source materials.

New York Times Books
Apr 19, 2019

Fiction: G. Willow Wilson Reimagines the Last Days of Moorish Spain
In her new novel, "The Bird King," history is infused with fantasy, drama and puckish humor.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Fiction: In ‘Optic Nerve,' a Woman Trains a Sharp Eye on Art and Her Life
The first book by María Gainza, an Argentine art critic, to be translated into English is a consistently delightful mix of art history, personal reminiscence and aesthetic theory.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Now Pay Attention, Dear Reader. No, Not to That Article, to This One.
The subject of attention is everywhere in publishing these days, spanning disparate genres from self help to satire to fiction.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Editors' Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Nonfiction: The Unsteady Evolution of Democracy
Sheri Berman's "Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe" sees the political history of Europe as one step forward, one step back.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Nonfiction: In ‘Stony the Road,' Henry Louis Gates Jr. Captures the History and Images of the Fraught Years After the Civil War
The scholar's latest book, coinciding with his new PBS series, "Reconstruction," is a harrowing look at the resurgence of white nationalism in the late 19th century and the New Negro movement to combat it.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Fiction: A Flamboyant Talk Show Host Finds Himself Embroiled in Controversy
Jennifer duBois's satirical novel "The Spectators" charts the past and present woes of a confrontational TV star who may have inspired a mass shooting.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

By the Book: By the Book: Abby Wambach
The soccer star, whose new book is "Wolfpack," began the sport because of a how-to guide from the library. "I scored 27 goals in my first three games. I guess I do owe it all to books."

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Nonfiction: A Meditation on Our Relationship to the Landscapes We Inhabit
In "The Absent Hand," Suzannah Lessard dissects a diverse swath of America, looking to understand the malls, green expanses and urban sprawl that surround us.

New York Times Books
Apr 18, 2019

Rites of Passage: ‘Will You Stay With Me Until I Die?'
My patient had a simple, devastating request. To honor it meant grappling with how a therapist responds to her clients.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

Prescribed Reading: What You Should Read to Understand the Measles Epidemic
In her Prescribed Reading column, Abigail Zuger looks at books exploring the immune system and the tumultuous history of vaccination.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

A Fan's Love, Requited at Last: Conan O'Brien Lands Robert Caro
The talk show host's interview of the acclaimed biographer is a long-awaited win for Team Coco.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

Books of The Times: Documenting Undocumented Lives in ‘The Body Papers'
In her memoir-in-essays, Grace Talusan writes about her experience as an immigrant to the United States, her survival of childhood abuse and returning to visit the Philippines, her native country.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

Nonfiction: Bret Easton Ellis Takes On ‘Generation Wuss'
Ellis, perpetual bad boy and avatar of Generation X, delivers in his first nonfiction book, "White," a series of rants against the politics of the young and woke.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

Nonfiction: The Remarkable Ben Hecht
Adina Hoffman's "Ben Hecht" and Julien Gorbach's "The Notorious Ben Hecht" examine the man's career as both a screenwriter and a political activist.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

Fiction: Stories That Explore Africa's Resilient Spirit
The Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o's "Minutes of Glory" tackles the absurdities, injustices and fortitude of people testing new ways against the old.

New York Times Books
Apr 17, 2019

Nonfiction: Stories That Explore Africa's Resilient Spirit
The Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o's "Minutes of Glory" tackles the absurdities, injustices and fortitude of people testing new ways against the old.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Newsbook: What Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Books Should You Read First?
Here are reviews of the 15 winners and finalists for the awards.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Books of The Times: Two Novels by Ann Petry, a Writer Who Believed in Art That Delivers a Message
Petry's debut, "The Street," was the first book by a black woman to sell more than a million copies. A new volume collects it with another novel, "The Narrows," and a sampling of her criticism.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Stanley Plumly, Lyrical Poet Influenced by Keats, Dies at 79
"Keats, for me, represents the integrity of the mission of the poet," said Mr. Plumly, whose books included a "personal biography" called "Posthumous Keats."

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

New & Noteworthy
A selection of recent books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

A Young Chef, and a Stunning Comeback
Kwame Onwuachi vaulted from troubled youth to overnight success to failure with a fancy restaurant in Washington, D.C. Now he's drawing attention with a new book and approach.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi Has a New Target: Political Satire
Thangyat, a kind of satirical poetry that is often aimed at the authorities, is the latest form of expression to be restricted by Myanmar's government.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

What I Love: A Space Fit for a Comma Queen
For the author and former New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris, furnishing an apartment is all about the books.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Nonfiction: A Psychotherapist Analyzes Her Patients' Stories — and Her Own
Lori Gottlieb's "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed" is a treasure trove of stories and hard-earned advice.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Nonfiction: Robert A. Caro, Private Eye
Caro's "Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing" describes a lifetime of digging for facts.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

The 2008 Financial Crisis as Seen From the Top
In "Firefighting," Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson Jr. explain their roles in averting a financial disaster.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Fiction: In This Novel, a Secret Society Is Keeping Some Very Dark Secrets
At the heart of Takis Würger's "The Club" — part thriller, part coming-of-age tale — is an elite but sinister invitation-only fraternity.

New York Times Books
Apr 16, 2019

Pulitzer Prize: 2019 Winners List
From meritorious public service for coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to a special citation to the "Queen of Soul," here is the full list of winners and finalists.

New York Times Books
Apr 15, 2019

Front Burner: Maida Heatter's Greatest Hits
‘Happiness Is Baking' has favorite recipes from the 102-year-old baker.

New York Times Books
Apr 15, 2019

David Brion Davis, Prizewinning Historian of Slavery, Dies at 92
In a revelatory trilogy, Professor Davis, called "one of the most influential historians of his generation," placed slavery at the center of American history.

New York Times Books
Apr 15, 2019

Books of The Times: In ‘Baby, I Don't Care,' Droll and Fierce Poems Influenced by Film Noir
The endlessly quotable pieces in Chelsey Minnis's latest collection play with notions taken from Hollywood's golden era.

New York Times Books
Apr 15, 2019

Nonfiction: Striking a Balance Between Fear and Hope on Climate Change
Bill McKibben's new book, "Falter," takes a mostly grim view of our willingness to avert environmental disaster. But he leaves open the possibility that we may yet avoid the worst.

New York Times Books
Apr 15, 2019

Fiction: Is Sally Rooney's New Novel as Great as Her First?
Like "Conversations With Friends," "Normal People" also traces a young romance in Ireland.

New York Times Books
Apr 14, 2019

Books territory: A Bookstore of One's Own
Persephone Books in London — devoted mostly to overlooked works by female writers in the mid-1900s — celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

New York Times Books
Apr 14, 2019

The Week in Books
E L James after "Fifty Shades," Ruth Reichl's delicious new memoir, Sally Rooney and more.

New York Times Books
Apr 14, 2019

It's Actually Good to Be Basic, Writes Stassi Schroeder of ‘Vanderpump Rules'
Raise your pumpkin-spice latte! The reality-show star has a new advice book.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

James Winn, 71, Dryden Biographer and a Skilled Flutist, Dies
Whether he was writing a Restoration period biography or a book on war poetry, his background in music informed his approach.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Nonfiction: To Escape Her Grief, and Work Through It, an Author Starts Running
After her father died, Katie Arnold became a marathon runner. Her luminous memoir, "Running Home," explores why.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

The Book Review Podcast: Ruth Reichl's Delicious New Memoir
Reichl discusses "Save Me the Plums," and Emily Bazelon talks about "Charged."

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Poetry: In ‘Magical Negro,' Morgan Parker's Poems Challenge White Ideas of Blackness
Parker's third collection provides its audience a space to celebrate black excellence and black joy as well as to commiserate about injustice.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Sketchbook: A Fittingly Absurd Quiz for Samuel Beckett's 113th Birthday
Can you recognize the albums bearing the names of the Irish playwright's works?

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

The Evolution of E L James
James changed the literary landscape with her blockbuster erotica trilogy, "Fifty Shades of Grey." Now she is trying something (sort of) new.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Children's Books: New Picture Books Bring Dogs and Cats to Life, Hilariously
Lazy, rambunctious, downright weird: The cats and dogs in these stories are unique, lovable — and relatable.

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Apr 12, 2019

Fiction: A Novel Whose Hero Is a Man Divided, as Is His Native Palestine
In "The Parisian," Isabella Hammad conjures up the Middle East between the two world wars, its tensions expressed in the coming-of-age of an Arab man.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Inside the List: How Liane Moriarty, Kate DiCamillo and Jacqueline Woodson Got Their Starts
On their websites, famous novelists talk frankly about how they became writers.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘The Overstory,' ‘Country Dark'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

The Shortlist: Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience
David Orr's "Dangerous Household Items," John Koethe's "Walking Backwards" and Sarah Gambito's "Loves You" celebrate daily moments in very different registers.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Nonfiction: Two New Books Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis
In David Wallace-Wells's "The Uninhabitable Earth" and Nathaniel Rich's "Losing Earth," we have a picture of the increasingly dire problem of global warming.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

From Our Archives: Going Back to the Battle of the Black Sea in ‘Black Hawk Down'
In 1999, the journalist Mark Bowden wrote "Black Hawk Down," documenting the 1993 United States military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia.

New York Times Books
Apr 12, 2019

Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

New York Times Books
Apr 11, 2019

Editors' Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Apr 11, 2019

Socrates Questions, a Contemporary Philosopher Answers
"If Athens had had our technology, I'm sure Socrates would have been widely blocked on social media," Kwame Anthony Appiah said after seeing the play "Socrates" at the Public Theater.

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