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Jan 20, 2019

Newsbook: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Seven books present a nuanced view of this giant's legacy in modern American civil rights.

New York Times Books
Jan 19, 2019

Profile: A South Carolina Judge Writes a Book About a Predecessor, an Unsung Giant of Civil Rights Law
When Richard Gergel was assigned to the same courtroom as J. Waties Waring, he vowed to ensure that, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, Waring would "long be remembered."

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

The Book Review Podcast: A New Novel Conjures Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman
A. O. Scott talks about Linn Ullmann's new novel, and Judith Newman discusses new books about anxiety, mental illness and grief.

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

Inside the List: A Novelist Who's Made a Career Writing About ‘The Only Woman in the Room'
Marie Benedict writes books inspired by women whose achievements have been overlooked by history, including Einstein's first wife and the film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

Mary Oliver, 83, Prize-Winning Poet of the Natural World, Is Dead
With its plain language and minute attention to flora and fauna, her uplifting verse was widely popular and her readings drew throngs. But critics were divided.

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

Further reading: Hot Books for Cold Days
Chilled to the bone? Warm up by dipping into one of these books — set in blazing hot summers, during heat waves, even in the desert.

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Jan 18, 2019

Sketchbook: Literary Figures Who Can't Commit
Ali Fitzgerald illustrates the fictional characters who were notoriously impossible to pin down.

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Jan 18, 2019

The Shortlist: Three Authors Consider Contemporary Politics, Anxiously
New books examine disturbing trends in modern American society.

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Jan 18, 2019

Crime: Beware Strange Psychologists: The Latest in Crime Novels
Marilyn Stasio's column travels from Manhattan to Australia to England to a forest that has hidden a dead body for 30 years.

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Jan 18, 2019

Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Movement Photographer Who Was Also an F.B.I. Informant
"Bluff City," by Preston Lauterbach, delves into the double life of Ernest Withers, one of the era's great documentarians.

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

Children's Books: When the Grown-Ups Stumble, These Kids Take Matters Into Their Own Hands
In new novels by Brenda Woods, Dan Gemeinhart, Alicia D. Williams and more, young protagonists learn the hard way that adults don't have all the answers.

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

Fiction: A Novel That's Part Noir Mystery, Part Love Letter to Bedford-Stuyvesant
In Wil Medearis's debut, "Restoration Heights," a young woman goes missing in a rapidly gentrifying New York neighborhood.

New York Times Books
Jan 18, 2019

Nonfiction: How Tech Companies Manipulate Our Personal Data
Shoshana Zuboff's "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" looks at the new power of behemoths like Facebook and Google.

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Jan 18, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘The Power,' ‘Fire and Fury'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

A Book Lover's Haven Turns 100
The Grolier Club, the nation's oldest society of bibliophiles, just celebrated the centennial of its grand Manhattan home. Yes, there's a secret staircase hidden in a bookshelf. No, do not use gloves in its library.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

Fiction: A Madcap New Novel Bursts With Fake Gurus, Yoga and a Bit of Bone-Marrow Smuggling
"Hark" — Sam Lipsyte's first novel since 2010's "The Ask" — is a riff-filled skewering of contemporary culture.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

Books News: All Souls Trilogy: Harry Potter for Grown-Ups?
Deborah Harkness's best-selling series — brimming with magic, time travel and witches — has spawned an avid fan base, an annual convention, and now, a splashy TV adaptation.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

Further Reading: Mary Oliver on Grief and Loss
Oliver, the hugely popular poet, died Thursday. Readers turned to her work to find comfort. Here's a selection of some of her best-known writing on loss and mourning.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

Fiction: Exploring the Personal Legacy of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann
In her novel "Unquiet" their daughter, Linn Ullmann, recaptures memories of her childhood, portraying a family that was splintered from the start.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

Mary Oliver, Prize-Winning Poet of the Natural World, Dies at 83
With its plain language and minute attention to flora and fauna, her uplifting verse was widely popular and her readings drew throngs. But critics were divided.

New York Times Books
Jan 17, 2019

By the Book: Leila Slimani: By the Book
The author of "The Perfect Nanny" and "Adèle" likes the fact that her shelves are a mess: "It takes me a long time to find the book I need, and very often I find another one I had totally forgotten about."

New York Times Books
Jan 16, 2019

Nonfiction: Behind the Guitar Heroes
In "The Birth of Loud," Ian Port traces the invention and evolution of the electric guitar.

New York Times Books
Jan 16, 2019

Books of The Times: O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today?
In "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism," Shoshana Zuboff methodically dissects a new economic order that exploits our "every move, emotion, utterance and desire."

New York Times Books
Jan 16, 2019

Nonfiction: Hacker for Hire
In "Breaking and Entering," Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.

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Jan 16, 2019

Essay: Reading Proust in the Gulag
What books do we turn to as we prepare to die?

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Jan 15, 2019

Books of The Times: A Newly Published Story for the New Way We Read Sylvia Plath
"Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom" is a brief allegorical tale of a train journey into hell.

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Jan 15, 2019

John Burningham, Author Who Piqued Young Imaginations, Dies at 82
A prolific writer and illustrator of children's books — "a picture-book pioneer" — whose titles include "Avocado Baby" and "Whaddayamean."

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

M. Night Shyamalan's Biggest Twist? Coming Full Circle
The director said his new film, "Glass," was the toughest he has ever made. Yet the man once called "the Next Spielberg" says he is back where he wants to be.

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

Newsbook: As Los Angeles Teachers Strike, 3 Books Chronicle Educators' Years-long Fight for Better Working Conditions
Their claims and demands are not new.

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

Nonfiction: Tracing the Rise of a Guardian Hacker
In "Breaking and Entering," Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.

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Jan 15, 2019

No Regrets: A Boozy Wake for Bygone Magazine Editors
Retail moguls toast their own struggling industry at separate gala.

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

Nonfiction: Jason Rezaian Recounts His 544 Days of Captivity in Iran
In "Prisoner," the former Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post shows that the most innocent activities in Iran could get you accused of spying.

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

Mellon Foundation Grants $2.2 Million to Academy of American Poets
Two grants will help start a new fellowship program and support the work of the Poetry Coalition.

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

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
Jan 15, 2019

Help Desk: Dealing With Anxiety, Mental Illness and Grief
In her latest Help Desk column, Judith Newman consults three books that offer guidance to readers navigating through tense times.

New York Times Books
Jan 15, 2019

Nonfiction: Dani Shapiro's New Memoir Uncovers a Life-Changing Family Secret
"Inheritance" explores the way we construct our identities, and how much our belief in a blood connection to our parents shapes how we view ourselves.

New York Times Books
Jan 14, 2019

Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun's Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Life
A rare blue pigment, discovered in the fossilized plaque of a German nun, hints at a broader role for women in the production of religious texts.

New York Times Books
Jan 14, 2019

Francine du Plessix Gray, Searching Novelist and Journalist, Is Dead at 88
She explored the obstacles confronting women seeking their place in the world as well as her own privileged but unsettled life under the sway of daunting parents.

New York Times Books
Jan 14, 2019

Front Burner: A Book That Gets to the Bottom of Green-Bean Casserole
"American Advertising Cookbooks" looks at how big food brands helped shape the American palate.

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Jan 14, 2019

Nonfiction: A Journalist Recounts His 544 Days of Captivity in Iran
In "Prisoner," Jason Rezaian explains that the most innocent activities in Iran could get you accused of spying.

New York Times Books
Jan 14, 2019

Books of The Times: The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers' Reads Like a First-Rate Novel
Doug Bock Clark's first book is an immersive, densely reported look at a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live on a remote Indonesian island.

New York Times Books
Jan 14, 2019

The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves
The art stolen by the Nazis has gotten more attention, but millions of books were also looted from Jews, and others and have yet to be returned.

New York Times Books
Jan 14, 2019

Books News: Bob Woodward to Receive PEN Literary Service Award
The gala will be held May.

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Jan 14, 2019

Fiction: A Sudden Death Shakes Loose Four Intertwined Lives
In Tessa Hadley's novel "Late in the Day," the bonds of love and loyalty are frayed when a widow and her married friends confront the loss of her husband.

New York Times Books
Jan 13, 2019

John Burningham, Prolific Author of Children's Books, Dies at 82
He captured very young readers with whimsical, alluringly illustrated tales. His titles include "Avocado Baby," "Mr. Gumpy's Outing," and "Whaddayamean."

New York Times Books
Jan 13, 2019

Did ‘Hamilton' Get the Story Wrong? One Playwright Thinks So
Ishmael Reed, who became a MacArthur fellow 17 years before Lin-Manuel Miranda, questions why Native Americans were left out of the show, for one thing.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Lamin Sanneh, Scholar of Islam and Christianity, Dies at 76
Born on a river island in West Africa and inspired by Helen Keller, he wound up teaching at Yale and writing about the spread of religions in Africa.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

The Book Review Podcast: How Curses Function in Literature
Julian Lucas talks about the role of curses in contemporary African literature, and Abby Ellin discusses "Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married."

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

noted: Millennial, Book and Candle
This old-fashioned reading aid is lit.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: With a Possible Presidential Bid Looming, Kamala Harris Talks About Her Past and Present
Harris discusses her new memoir, "The Truths We Hold," which recounts her childhood, her tenure as California's attorney general and the political landscape we inhabit now.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Q. & A.: With a Possible Presidential Bid in 2020, Kamala Harris Talks About Her New Book
Harris discusses her new memoir, "The Truths We Hold," which recounts her childhood, her tenure as California's attorney general and the political landscape we inhabit now.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate, Brings Her Podcast to Public Radio
"The Slowdown," which debuted in November, will be broadcast on several public radio stations in the United States.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Inside the List: Some Dos and Don'ts From Famous Writers
Some best-selling novelists have written books about their craft. Others dispense advice on Twitter, their websites and in interviews and articles.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

‘Harry Potter' at Night: Historical Society Extends Exhibition Hours
During the final week of a blockbuster exhibition, the museum will offer visitors a late-night Potter fix.

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Jan 11, 2019

Children's Books: Flying Through the Night to Defeat the Nazis
In "A Thousand Sisters," Elizabeth Wein tells the thrilling true story of the World War II Soviet all-female air regiments who flew 24,000 missions into "a continuous curtain of fire."

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Fiction: After 18 Years in Prison, a Woman Tries to Find Her Way Home
Mesha Maren's debut novel, "Sugar Run," sets a quest for re-entry against the backdrop of modern Appalachia.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Fiction: Hygge and Kisses
In "The Red Address Book," by Sofia Lundberg, an elderly woman looks back at the loves of her life.

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Jan 11, 2019

The Shortlist: Sex, Death and More Sex: Three Books of Fiction by Acclaimed Japanese Writers
Story collections by Akiyuki Nosaka and Taeko Kono, plus a short novel by the great Yukio Mishima.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘King Zeno,' ‘The Monk of Mokha'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jan 11, 2019

Fiction: Characters Who Crave a Return to the Past, Human Sacrifice and All
Sarah Moss's novel "Ghost Wall" describes how the notion of "original Britishness" can lead to no good.

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Jan 11, 2019

From Our Archives: Revisiting Anne Frank's Diary — ‘A Warm and Stirring Confession'
In 1952, Meyer Levin reviewed "The Diary of a Young Girl" for the Book Review. Here's an excerpt.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Fiction: What's It Like to Write Poetry in Authoritarian Cuba? Tricky, This Novel Suggests
"Revolution Sunday," by the banned novelist Wendy Guerra, traces a young exile's struggle against censorship — political, literary and personal.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Nonfiction: A Habitual Liar Almost Conned Abby Ellin Into Marrying Him. Instead, He Gave Her the Idea for a Book.
In "Duped," Ellin describes her ruinous relationship and other cases of deception.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

Children's Books: Reframing Refugee Children's Stories
In "We Are Displaced," the Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai gathers stories from girls around the world who, like her, have had to flee their homes.

New York Times Books
Jan 11, 2019

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

New York Times Books
Jan 10, 2019

Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun's Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Publishing
A rare blue pigment, discovered in the fossilized plaque of a German nun, hints at a broader role for women in the production of religious texts.

New York Times Books
Jan 10, 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
Jan 10, 2019

Reader's Notebook: This Is the Story of My Life. And This Is the Story of My Life.
Kathryn Harrison's and Dani Shapiro's new autobiographical books are reminders of a seemingly modern job title: serial memoirist. Time and time again, self-chroniclers like them prove that you can't spell "memoir" without "me."

New York Times Books
Jan 10, 2019

How Astounding Saw the Future
Tracing the evolution of the mid-20th-century magazine whose pages gave rise to the genre of science fiction.

New York Times Books
Jan 10, 2019

Book Scene: Cooking the Book: Dinner with Publisher Daniel Halpern and Chef Wylie Dufresne
A republication of a 1985 cookbook, "The Good Food," brings writers and foodies to the table.

New York Times Books
Jan 10, 2019

By the Book: Dani Shapiro: By the Book
The author, most recently, of the memoir "Inheritance" turns to family and friends for reading suggestions: "My 19-year-old son is a voracious reader and constantly recommends books to me."

New York Times Books
Jan 10, 2019

Feature: ‘I Don't Want My Writing to Be Charming'
In her latest book, the Norwegian novelist Linn Ullmann turns to a subject she has always avoided: her complicated upbringing and her famous parents.

New York Times Books
Jan 09, 2019

Trilobites: A Woman's Work Was Sometimes Blue
A rare blue pigment, discovered on the teeth of a Medieval nun, suggests that women of that time were more involved than thought in producing religious texts.

New York Times Books
Jan 09, 2019

Nonfiction: Anne Frank's Diary, in Graphic Form, Reveals Its Humor
Ari Folman and David Polonsky's graphic novel adaptation of the famous diary brings out new and vibrant aspects of Anne's voice.

New York Times Books
Jan 09, 2019

Books of The Times: Why Fighting Fake News With the Facts Might Not Be Enough
"Down to Earth," by Bruno Latour, and "The Misinformation Age," by Cailin O'Connor and James Owen Weatherall, help us think through an era in which the idea of truth has become a political football.

New York Times Books
Jan 09, 2019

Fiction: In This Novel, One Sister Is a Nurse. The Other Is a Murderer.
"My Sister, the Serial Killer," by the Nigerian novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite, follows the fortunes of two women in Lagos, a city that strives to suffocate women.

New York Times Books
Jan 08, 2019

Newsbook: Walls, Partisanship and the Shutdown
Ahead of President Trump's address about immigration, these three books offer some perspective on the current political stalemate.

New York Times Books
Jan 08, 2019

Books of The Times: ‘Cat Person' and Other Tales of Discomfort in a Debut Collection
Kristen Roupenian's "You Know You Want This" includes the short story that went viral after it was published in The New Yorker in late 2017.

New York Times Books
Jan 08, 2019

Essay: Virginia Woolf? Snob! Richard Wright? Sexist! Dostoyevsky? Anti-Semite!
How should we read great literature from the past whose moral blind spots offend us?

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Jan 08, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Purchase Drama Book Shop
After the bookstore announced it was being forced from its home by rising rents, Mr. Miranda teamed up with "Hamilton" associates and the city on a rescue plan.

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Jan 08, 2019

Fiction: Three Sisters, an Island and an Apocalyptic Tale of Survival
In Sophie Mackintosh's debut novel, "The Water Cure," Lia, Grace and Sky — living off the grid with their abusive parents — have been raised to fear men.

New York Times Books
Jan 08, 2019

Match Book: Poetry to Tap Into Women's Spiritual Sides
Brief, beautiful poems about human psychology and the natural world.

New York Times Books
Jan 07, 2019

Nonfiction: Could Immunotherapy Offer a Cure for Cancer?
In "The Breakthrough," Charles Graeber recounts the long history of researchers' attempts to mobilize the body's immune system to fight disease.

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Jan 07, 2019

Books of The Times: Dangerously Deep Sleep Is Contagious in ‘The Dreamers'
Karen Thompson Walker's second novel is about a virus that causes people to nod off for very long periods and dream in disastrous premonitions.

New York Times Books
Jan 07, 2019

Essay: Turning the ‘Curse of Ham' Into a Blessing
Four new literary works revisit African history, refiguring age-old maledictions as a birthright, a special form of insight, a superpower, a redemption. Julian Lucas explains.

New York Times Books
Jan 06, 2019

Brian Garfield, Prolific Author of ‘Death Wish,' Dies at 79
A writer whose best-known novel became a hit movie for Charles Bronson. He wrote a follow-up, "Death Sentence," to atone for the earlier book's violence.

New York Times Books
Jan 05, 2019

Book Territory: Where the Thirst for Literature Meets the Thirst for Beer
Books & Brews — a combination bookstore, nanobrewery and "place for people without a place" — has found its own place in Indianapolis and beyond.

New York Times Books
Jan 05, 2019

Books News: Does It Pay to Be a Writer?
A new study found that most authors' incomes are below the poverty line.

New York Times Books
Jan 04, 2019

The Book Review Podcast: Fugitive Slaves and the Road to the Civil War
Andrew Delbanco discusses "The War Before the War," and Rob Dunn talks about "Never Home Alone."

New York Times Books
Jan 04, 2019

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 77, Dies; Historian Recognized Black Suffragists
She found that the role of black women in winning the vote for all women had virtually been erased from the history books by white movement leaders.

New York Times Books
Jan 04, 2019

Inside the List: Michelle Obama's Book is No. 1 Here — and No. 1 in Finland, Singapore and Portugal
The former first lady's memoir, "Becoming," tops best-seller lists around the world.

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Jan 04, 2019

New in Paperback: ‘Elastic,' ‘Brass'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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Jan 04, 2019

Children's Books: Board Books That Let Toddlers Join the Action
Shake them, pull on them, hug them, carry them to bed. These board books invite little readers right into the story.

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Jan 04, 2019

Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Molly Crabapple's Illustrated Reflection on Sabahattin Ali's Novel ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat'
The 1943 Turkish classic follows a hopeless love story against the backdrop of a crumbling Weimar Berlin.

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Jan 04, 2019

Nonfiction: Can Americans Get Along?
In "Fault Lines," Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer argue for the importance of building bridges.

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Jan 04, 2019

Nonfiction: Saving Local Communities in a Globalized World
Paul Collier's "The Future of Capitalism" argues for reviving a sense of rootedness and a web of reciprocal obligations.

New York Times Books
Jan 04, 2019

Crime: Back to the Bayou: James Lee Burke's Latest Novel
In her Crime column, Marilyn Stasio also heads to Bel-Air (Thomas Perry), Florida (Tim Dorsey) and Detroit (Stephen Mack Jones).

New York Times Books
Jan 04, 2019

Fiction: A Novel of Culture Clash Grapples With the Grief of a Suicide Bomber's Family
Nuruddin Farah's "North of Dawn" bears witness to the tensions between fundamentalism and secularism, through the lens of a Somali-Norwegian family.

New York Times Books
Jan 04, 2019

From Our Archives: Edward Gorey's Children's Books Illustrations, Revisited
In which we consult the Book Review's past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Edward Gorey's children's books illustrations.

New York Times Books
Jan 03, 2019

Now Read This: Discussion Questions for ‘Heart: A History'
Sandeep Jauhar's exploration of our most vital organ and favored metaphor is our January pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, "Now Read This."

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