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Nov 18, 2018

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Journalist Recalls the Terror (and Boredom) of Being Held Hostage
In "The Desert and the Sea," Michael Scott Moore recounts his ordeal being held captive by Somali pirates for more than two years.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Junot Díaz Remains on Pulitzer Board After Review of Misconduct Allegations
The Pulitzer Prize board said it "did not find evidence warranting removal" of Mr. Díaz after a five-month inquiry into sexual misconduct accusations.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Zhores Medvedev, 93, Dissident Scientist Who Felt Moscow's Boot, Is Dead
A biologist and writer who dared to challenge Soviet pseudoscience, he was declared insane, confined to an institution and stripped of his citizenship.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

William Goldman: What to Read by (and About) the Legendary Screenwriter
Goldman's legacy would have been assured had he only written screenplays. But he was much more, not least a sharp-witted critic of the industries he knew best.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Like a Boss: Megan Abbott's Work Diary: ‘My Psychiatrist Notes How Tired I Look, Which Is Great'
The author of nine acclaimed novels, including "Give Me Your Hand" and "Dare Me," is adapting four (four!) of them for TV.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Visuals: A ‘Lyricist of the Metal Nib': Nicholson Baker considers the intricate art of Saul Steinberg
In this excerpt from the introduction to a new edition of Saul Steinberg's 1960 book, "The Labyrinth," the novelist celebrates the artist as a "twirler of nonverbal non sequiturs."

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Children's Books: Beyond Battles, Boogers and Pranks
Now that my son can read, I want him to seek out books about more than just winning things and getting easy laughs. Why does that seem hard?

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Nov 16, 2018

The Shortlist: What Is America's Role in the World? Three Authors Offer Very Different Views
In new books, Jeffrey Sachs looks beyond exceptionalism, Michael Beckley describes unrivaled power and Robert Kagan favors pragmatic leadership.

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Nov 16, 2018

Nonfiction: Two Spies, Two Opposing Sides, One Fast Friendship
In "Best of Enemies," Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall tell the story of Jack Platt and Gennady Vasilenko, covert agents who played by their own rules.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

The Book Review Podcast: The Past, Present and Future of Jews in America
Gal Beckerman discusses several new books that touch on American Jewish identity, and Kiese Laymon talks about his new memoir, "Heavy."

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Fiction: A Dystopian America Where a Woman Who Can Read and Write Wields Special Power
Alyson Hagy's new novel, "Scribe," draws on Appalachian folk tales to fashion a mythic vision of a war-torn country that doubles as an allegory about storytelling.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Fiction: What Constitutes a Foreigner? Two Story Collections Explore
Anita Felicelli's "Love Songs for a Lost Continent" paints the outsider's experience with a surrealist brush, while "Useful Phrases for Immigrants," by May-Lee Chai, finds magic in the quotidian.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Crime: Puzzles and Paradoxes: Marilyn Stasio's Latest Crime Column
From a meticulous Japanese sleuth to a rough-edged Irish P.I. to a batch of quintessentially British cops, there's a crime solver here for everyone.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

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

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Inside the List: Why Aren't People Buying Much Fiction These Days?
Sales of novels may be flagging, but nonfiction sales — fed by a seemingly endless stream of political books — are robust.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Audiobooks: Poet and Punk: Patti Smith's New Audiobook
"Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane: Words and Music" showcases her songs, her memoirs and her verse.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

‘Master Race' Original Art Sells for $600,000
Work from an acclaimed comic book story about the Holocaust was sold to a foundation wanting to share graphic arts with the public.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Audiobooks: Two New Audiobooks Inspire Teenagers to Make Real Change
Both "We Are Not Yet Equal" and "We Say #NeverAgain" shine a spotlight on social justice issues.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Audiobooks: On the Page and Out Loud, Two Actors Recount Very Different Paths
"My Squirrel Days" is the upbeat tale of Ellie Kemper's hard-won Hollywood career, and "Out of My Mind" relives Alan Arkin's spiritual journey. Both authors recite their own audiobooks.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Audiobooks: A Novel About the Death Camps, Brought to Vivid Life in Audio
The British actor Richard Armitage delivers a masterly reading of Heather Morris's World War II story, "The Tattooist of Auschwitz."

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

William Goldman, Screenwriting Star and Hollywood Skeptic, Dies at 87
He won Oscars for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men." But his jaundiced view of the movie business was well known.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Gender letter: KaPow! The Super-Sheroes That Stan Lee Created
The comic book revolutionary, who died this week, pushed against the trope that women in comics should be only victims or vixens by creating strong female characters with their own agendas.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘The Dawn Watch,' ‘The Complete Stories'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Nov 16, 2018

Nonfiction: How a Small-Town Newspaper Editor Won a Pulitzer Prize
In "Storm Lake," Art Cullen relates how he took on agricultural polluters and a complicit local government in rural Iowa — and why he became a newspaperman in the first place.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Fiction: A New Novel Asks, What Is More Powerful, a Microphone or a Gun?
In "Destroy All Monsters," by Jeff Jackson, the latest target of violence in America is music.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Nonfiction: A New Novel Asks, What Is More Powerful, a Microphone or a Gun?
In "Destroy All Monsters," by Jeff Jackson, the latest target of violence in America is music.

New York Times Books
Nov 16, 2018

Fiction: Take a Very Dark Trip Through the California Desert With ‘The Feral Detective'
In Jonathan Lethem's new novel, a young woman unmoored by the 2016 election goes on an adventure involving rival desert gangs, a missing teenager and a private eye with Brillo sideburns.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

Editors' Choice: 4 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

Nonfiction: When Tribalism First Entered American Politics
Steve Kornacki's "The Red and the Blue" traces current political divisions back to the battles between Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

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

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

Match Book: Poems to Uplift and Inspire Young Adults
From the fantastical to the natural, these "happy" poetry collections are perfect for readers of all ages.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

Dressing Michelle Obama, Then and Now
Meredith Koop spent many years in the White House working with the former first lady on her wardrobe. Now she is helping Ms. Obama with the book tour and trying to figure out what comes next.

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

By the Book: John Sandford: By the Book
The author, most recently, of the Virgil Flowers novel "Holy Ghost" devotes specific spots to reading: "I like a good light, a good chair and a good book more than anything I can think of, except my wife."

New York Times Books
Nov 15, 2018

Dressing Michelle, Then and Now
Meredith Koop spent many years in the White House working with the former first lady on her wardrobe. Now she is helping her with the book tour and trying to figure out what comes next.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Books News: Sigrid Nunez Wins National Book Award for ‘The Friend'
The judges called the novel an "exquisitely written and deeply humane exploration of grief." This year also saw the addition of a new category, for translated literature.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Sigrid Nunez Wins 2018 National Book Award for ‘The Friend'
Justin Phillip Reed's ‘Indecency' Wins for Poetry; Jeffrey C. Stewart's ‘The New Negro' Takes the Nonfiction Prize

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Live: Elizabeth Acevedo's ‘The Poet X' Wins National Book Award for Young People's Literature
"I want to give thanks to my ancestors who are the reason I'm here," said Acevedo, who comes from a Dominican family of storytellers.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Live: Isabel Allende Is Honored at the 2018 National Book Awards
In her speech, she denounced the rise of "nationalism and racism" in our current political discourse.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Live: Nick Offerman Kicks It Off the 2018 National Book Awards
It's a big night for small, independent publishing houses: 10 of the 25 finalists were published by independent presses.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Overlooked No More: Pandita Ramabai, Indian Scholar, Feminist and Educator
Ramabai traveled around India in the 19th century to give lectures on women's emancipation and established one of the country's first women's shelters and schools.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Books of The Times: Helping Out Family Is Taken to Extremes in ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer'
Oyinkan Braithwaite's debut novel is about a Nigerian woman who assists her murderous sister in cleaning up crime scenes.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Live: National Book Awards 2018 Updates: Tonight, It's the Oscars for Authors
Let the earnest acceptance speeches begin!

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Stan Lee: One Fan Remembers the Voice, the Words, the Face
Our comic book reporter looks at how Stan Lee — the character and the person — recurred throughout his life.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Audiobooks: Elaine Stritch Gives New Voice to Dorothy Parker's Tales of Social Life, and Private Pain
The late actor delivers the 20th-century author's prose like you've never heard it before.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Newsbook: Everyone Is Talking About the California Wildfires. Read These Books on How to Fight Them.
Hear from the firefighters, the residents and the scientists trying to find solutions.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Q. AND A.: What Would Wonder Woman Say About Justice Today? Ask G. Willow Wilson
The comics writer's new Wonder Woman arc asks if war, and the violence it begets, can ever be just.

New York Times Books
Nov 14, 2018

Nonfiction: What It Means to Be ‘Latinx,' and What That Means for America
Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and Obama cabinet member, reviews Ed Morales's new book on the diversity and hybridity of Latino identity.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2018

Books News: Michelle Obama's ‘Becoming' Finally Hits Shelves
The first lady's memoir arrives just ahead of her multicity arena tour.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2018

Nonfiction: Is This the Best One-Volume Biography of Churchill Yet Written?
Andrew Roberts's "Churchill: Walking With Destiny" tells the full story of an extraordinary life.

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2018

The Enthusiast: Tayari Jones: In Praise of Ann Petry
" ‘The Street' is my favorite type of novel, literary with an astonishing plot."

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2018

Books of The Times: Natasha Trethewey's Poems Take Wing on Intimate Details
Filled with food, music and hard toil, selections of the two-time poet laureate's work are brought together in "Monument."

New York Times Books
Nov 13, 2018

Nonfiction: When Excellence Is a Survival Strategy
Kiese Laymon's memoir, "Heavy," is a son's unflinching portrait of a mother whose violent love and exacting expectations were meant to protect him from harm.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

Herbert London, Conservative Savant and Social Critic, Dies at 79
A New York University dean and professor, he also advanced his views running for governor and comptroller of New York State and heading think tanks.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

My Moments With Stan
Brian Michael Bendis reflects on the first time he met Stan Lee and how Mr. Lee inspired him in his two-decade career at Marvel Comics.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

Front Burner: Slim Volumes With Scores of Cocktail Ideas
"The Mini Bar," a new book set from the website Punch, offers recipes categorized by wine or spirit.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: An Unlikely Relationship With Guns
In "Let It Bang," the African-American journalist RJ Young writes of learning about firearms in order to nurture a connection with his white father-in-law.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

Audiobooks: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explores the Symbiosis Between War and Astrophysics
In "Accessory to War," the astrophysicist offers a history of space exploration and the ways it has been aided and abetted by warfare and its needs.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

The Story of America, Told Through Mark Twain's Favorite Foods
In a new audio series, the actor Nick Offerman explores political, cultural and ecological shifts through the author's palate.

New York Times Books
Nov 12, 2018

Nonfiction: American Jews Face a Choice: Create Meaning or Fade Away
Five new books touch on American Jewish identity and what will sustain it into the future.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2018

Ma Jian, Exiled Chinese Novelist, Hails Appearance as Victory for Rights
The temporary cancellation of his appearance at a literary festival had been seen as the latest sign of erosions of freedom in Hong Kong.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2018

Further Reading: Christopher Lehmann-Haupt's Most Memorable Book Reviews
From 1969 to 1995, he tackled two or three books a week, making and breaking literary careers.

New York Times Books
Nov 10, 2018

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Ann Petry
" ‘The Street' is my favorite type of novel, literary with an astonishing plot."

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Books of The Times: In ‘Becoming,' Michelle Obama Mostly Opts for Empowerment Over Politics
The former first lady's memoir is mostly about her childhood in Chicago, her marriage and her time in the White House, but she leaves room for some unequivocal criticism of President Trump.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Newsbook: This Veterans Day, Read These Books by 2 Vets and an Army Wife
In these books, writers tell complex wartime stories that do not end after the soldiers come home.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Juris Jurjevics, Enterprising Publisher and Novelist, Dies at 75
A Latvian refugee, he helped found Soho Press, a champion of emerging authors, and edited James Baldwin's last novel. His own writing career came later.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Now Read This: Discussion Questions for ‘A Separation'
Katie Kitamura's novel is our November pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, "Now Read This."

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

New in Paperback: ‘Winter,' ‘Ten Restaurants That Changed America'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives
In which we consult the Book Review's past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Robert Scholes's on Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar."

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Y.A. Novels That Explore Love in Many Forms
A cross-cultural romance, a love triangle, a fake relationship and a girl in search of her birth mom in the latest realistic Y.A. fiction.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Great New Children's Books About Animals
Why do critters feature in so many memorable kids books? Novels by Sharon Creech, Carl Hiaasen and more show once again how animals help us understand the world.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Picture Books to Make Your Kid — and You — Giggle and Guffaw
The latest from Jon Agee, Matthew Cordell and more present table-turning children, pants-wearing vegetables and even a touch of gastrointestinal humor.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

The Book Review Podcast: Big New Biographies of Two Big American Lives
David W. Blight talks about "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom," and Bob Spitz talks about "Reagan: An American Journey."

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Picks of the Litter: Dog Picture Books for Every Child — and Grown-Up
Finding and losing, playing and working, caring and staying true — dog books teach us about all those things while tugging at our heartstrings.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Picture Book Biographies to Dazzle a Fact-Loving Child
Beautifully illustrated and closely researched, these books tell fascinating stories about heroes, unsung and otherwise.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Can a Simple, Classic European Fantasy Win Over Jaded American Kids? This One Just Might
"The Letter for the King," by the Dutch author Tonke Dragt, gets a new English edition 56 years after it first appeared. It's a straightforward story with buckets of charm on its side.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Picture Books About Cars, Trucks and Other Things That Clank, Roar and Move Fast
These books for young vehicle lovers have it all: size, strength, speed — even kindness. And a dog.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Books News: In Her New Book, Michelle Obama Denounces Trump's Sexism and His Promotion of the ‘Birther' Conspiracy
In "Becoming," she talked about suffering a miscarriage, relying on IVF to conceive and the challenges of being the first African-American first lady.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: These Sequels Will Keep Your Young Reader Hooked
Take note, parents! If a kid likes a book, it's almost a guarantee he'll like the sequel. Here are new ones from Jennifer L. Holm, Tim Federle and more.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: Showing the Indelible, Imperiled Bonds Between Animals and People
"Tales From the Inner City," by the acclaimed Shaun Tan, uses weird, striking images to tell stories about how we share the earth with creatures.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

My Space: A Tour of a Writer's London Sitting Room
Ben Schott reads and writes in a cozy room decorated like a Georgian-era gentlemen's club. Just don't try to light his fire.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: These Books Let Kids Fight Their Own Battles
Parents are no help at all as the young protagonists in new books by Matt Phelan, Kenneth Oppel and more battle dinosaurs, mutant cats and other foes.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: A Father's Tribute to His Son With Down Syndrome
The artist Gusti has created a picture book about how he came to embrace the richness of life with his special-needs son. Adults and children alike will be moved by "Mallko and Dad."

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Children's Books: In These Stunning Picture Books, Children Navigate a Big, Wide World
Knockout illustrations and storytelling elevate inspiring books by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, Laura Lippman and Kate Samworth and more.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer
The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin. So why do the digital elite adore him so?

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

How T.S. Eliot Went From Neurotic Banker to Neurotic Worldwide Literary Hero
A graphic retelling of the American poet's ascent to stardom.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

War Stories: George Washington, William T. Sherman and Viking Marauders
Lessons about war from the American Revolution, the Civil War, medieval Britain and West Africa.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

The Shortlist: Three New Takes on Feminism: In the Dorm, in the Economy and Around the World
A scholar, a World Bank economist teaming up with a novelist, and a fiery young activist attempt to write the next pages of the history of women's rights.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Fiction: Body Hopping for a Better View of America
A dead soul migrates from person to person in Martin Riker's inventive debut novel, "Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return."

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Nov 09, 2018

Fiction: Dark Fairy Tales From a Now-Vanished Agrarian Japan
Kenji Miyazawa, who died in 1933, was one of Japan's most beloved poets. Now, in "Once and Forever," his magical short stories are available in English.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Fiction: The World War II Tragedy of Italy's Jews, Preserved in Fiction
In "The Novel of Ferrara," Giorgio Bassani retrofits his novellas and stories into a sprawling portrait of a community destroyed by historical hatreds.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Nonfiction: When Home Is ‘Always Another Country'
Sisonke Msimang's graceful new memoir reckons with the challenges of figuring out who you are and where you belong when you've grown up all over the world.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Fiction: He Killed Her Mother. Now He Wants to Make Amends.
Andre Dubus III's novel "Gone So Long" sets a dying ex-con on the difficult road to redemption. Will his long-estranged daughter even agree to see him?

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Fiction: In These Novels, Women With Cancer Decide to Ditch the People-Pleasing
Women, even dying women, are often judged for putting their own needs first. The main characters in "The Bus on Thursday" and "Craving" know that — and they don't care.

New York Times Books
Nov 09, 2018

Inside the List: Who Says Celebrity Memoirs Don't Sell? There Are Three New Ones on the Best-seller List
These books by the Beastie Boys, Abbi Jacobson and Justin Timberlake are about as far from standard-issue star autobiographies as you can get.

New York Times Books
Nov 08, 2018

Writer's Invitation Is Pulled, and Some Ask if Hong Kong Is Still a Refuge
Ma Jian, whose new novel "China Dream" is a satire of totalitarianism, accused the venue of "turning a literary festival into a political matter."

New York Times Books
Nov 08, 2018

Reader's Notebook: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz' and the History in Historical Fiction
Most readers haven't noticed or been worried by omitted details or factual mistakes in the book. But is there a greater imperative for novels about the Holocaust to get basic facts correct?

New York Times Books
Nov 08, 2018

Nonfiction: Sylvia Plath's Last Letters Show Her Struggling to Imagine Life Without Ted Hughes
"The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963," edited by Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil, includes 14 revelatory letters she wrote to her psychiatrist about the crisis in her marriage.

New York Times Books
Nov 08, 2018

Children's Books: Nighttime Picture Books to Put Children to Bed — and Their Fears to Rest
Reassuring and beautiful stories from Grace Lin, Kitty Crowther and more, about kids who conquer nightmares and go off on moonlight adventures.

New York Times Books
Nov 08, 2018

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

New York Times Books
Nov 08, 2018

Books News: A 1965 Novel About an Unhinged President Is Being Rereleased
The author, Fletcher Knebel, who died in 1993, would likely be shocked by how prescient his political thriller was.

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