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Nonfiction: In ‘Raising Trump’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ Two Portraits of Modern American Matriarchy

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:00:25 GMT

James Wolcott on two books about the larger-than-life dynasties shaping our cultural and political lives.


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Nonfiction: The Day Wall Street Collapsed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Black Monday.Diana B. Henriques’s “A First-Class Catastrophe” is a minute-by-minute account of the stock market disaster of Oct. 19, 1987.


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By the Book: Andy Weir: By the Book

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Andy WeirThe author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”


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Profile: A Chinese Novelist Is Found in Translation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:55:45 GMT

Xue Yiwei is grateful for the attention his writing is getting in Canada but worries his voice will no longer be heard in China.For Xue Yiwei, Canada was a safe haven in which to write, but now he’s finding an audience abroad that appreciates his subversive novel.


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Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:00:23 GMT

A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”


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Crime: Deadly Deeds, From Snowy Iceland to the 42nd Street Library

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00:22 GMT

New crime novels by Barclay, Indridason and Lehane take readers from New York to Reykjavik. Then Goldstone goes back in time for a medical mystery.


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The Book Review Podcast: Mother Knows Best?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:16:34 GMT

James Wolcott talks about “Raising Trump” and “The Kardashians,” and Tina Brown discusses “The Vanity Fair Diaries.”


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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:55:50 GMT

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.


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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Era and Extinction of Rock Stars

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

David Hepworth discusses “Uncommon People,” his new book about Bob Dylan, David Bowie and many others who shaped our idea of what a rock star is — and about why that species has disappeared.


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Nonfiction: Queen of the Glossies

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:51:57 GMT

Ronald and Nancy Reagan, on the cover of the June 1985 issue.“The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992” is Tina Brown’s own record of running that influential magazine, and all the glittering prizes that came with it.


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Now You Can Read the Book From ‘Jane the Virgin’

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:00:14 GMT

Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva on the Nov. 17 episode of “Jane the Virgin.”Jane Villanueva’s book will finally be published on the show. It will also be available for fans to purchase in real life.


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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:34:06 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week:Elizabeth Hardwick on the art and meaning of the essay.



Marvel Entertainment Names New Editor in Chief

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:19:51 GMT

C.B. Cebulski, the new editor in chief of Marvel Entertainment.C.B. Cebulski is named editor in chief of Marvel Entertainment. Axel Alonso departs.


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Fiction: A Soccer Novel More About the Players Than the Play

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:05:50 GMT

Ross RaisinWith masculinity in its sights, Ross Raisin’s “A Natural” dares to tackle frustration and thwarted action as its themes.


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Audiobooks: Nate Dern Narrates His Schizophrenic but Substantive Collection of Writings

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:26 GMT

Nate DernIn the audiobook edition of “Not Quite a Genius,” a senior writer for Funny or Die explores an impressive medley of forms, themes and voices.


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Audiobooks: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Reveals Its Mysteries Anew

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:25 GMT

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot and Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham in “Murder on the Orient Express”.In a new audiobook, Kenneth Branagh reads one of Agatha Christie’s most convoluted and ingenious plots.


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The Shortlist: Other People’s Minds: Four New Story Collections

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:24 GMT

These books are linked by their interest in extreme psychological and emotional states, from paranoia to obsession to forbidden love.


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Nonfiction: A History of Humanity Told Through Genetics

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:23 GMT

Adam Rutherford’s engaging science book, “A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived,” explains the many ways DNA links us to our ancestors.


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Paperback Row

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:23 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Nonfiction: Why the Greek Bailout Went So Wrong

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:23 GMT

The Greek finance minister Yianis Varoufakis on the floor at the Greek Parliament on June 16, 2015.In “Adults in the Room,” the former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis describes Greece’s economic crisis from the inside.


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Fiction: Bowling, Football and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Nancy PearlNancy Pearl’s first novel, “George & Lizzie,” combines lit-crit geekiness, dentistry and team sports to create an unusual romantic comedy.


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Nonfiction: Wresting Golda Meir From the Shadows

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Golda Meir in 1969.Francine Klagsbrun’s “Lioness” re-examines the beloved prime minister’s legacy.


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Nonfiction: An Expert on Warfare Examines Centuries of Evolving Mayhem

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Gen. James Mattis, who leads the 1st Marine Division, leaves a tent after giving a briefing while stationed in Kuwait near the Iraqi border.Lawrence Freedman warns in “The Future of War” that he doesn’t expect to see an end to human conflict.


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Notebook: A Day in the Life of Tina Brown

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:22 GMT

The author of “The Vanity Fair Diaries” reveals a page from her handwritten journal recounting her experiences on the day she learned of Andy Warhol’s death.


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Nonfiction: Father-Son Bonding, With Homer as Guide

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:21 GMT

Daniel Mendelsohn’s “An Odyssey” is both an analysis of a classic and a memoir of his family.


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Audiobooks: A Celebrity Couples Therapist Turns to Adultery

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:21 GMT

In a new audiobook, “The State of Affairs,” Esther Perel follows up on “Mating in Captivity” by focusing on the husbands and wives who stray.


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Nonfiction: A Journey of Belonging

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:21 GMT

Julie Lythcott-HaimsIn “Real American: A Memoir,” Julie Lythcott-Haims describes growing up biracial in a mostly white milieu.


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Fiction: A Novelist Revisits a Deadly Textile Union Strike From 1929

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:21 GMT

Wiley CashWiley Cash’s heroine in “The Last Ballad” is based on a real-life union organizer and folk singer now mostly lost to history.


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Fiction: Life, Love and Mortality in the City of Light

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:21 GMT

Mark HelprinA septuagenarian cellist faces down his personal and professional losses in Mark Helprin’s novel “Paris in the Present Tense.”


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Nonfiction: In ‘Nomadland,’ the Golden Years Are the Wander Years

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:21 GMT

Arlie Russell Hochschild reviews Jessica Bruder’s book about senior citizens who live out of R.V.s and work low-wage jobs.


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Inside the List: Donna Brazile Says She Foresaw Clinton’s Defeat

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

Donna BrazileIn a best-selling campaign memoir, “Hacks,” the Democratic operative and former party chair reveals she never trusted the polls.


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Nonfiction: ‘I Can’t Breathe’: Eric Garner’s Life and Death

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

In “I Can’t Breathe,” Matt Taibbi reports on the people and the policies that shaped the course of Garner’s life.


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Nonfiction: Elizabeth Hardwick Showed What Essays Could Do

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

Elizabeth Hardwick“The Collected Essays,” edited by Darryl Pinckney, reveal as much about who Hardwick was as they do about the fiction she loved.


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Nonfiction: The First Modern President

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

President William McKinley circa 1898.Robert W. Merry’s “President McKinley” argues for the centrality of a generally forgotten chief executive.


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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Readers respond to Alan Dershowitz’s review of “Scalia Speaks” and implore Ron Chernow to rethink his ideal dinner guests.



Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:58:02 GMT

The novelist Jesmyn Ward earned a National Book Award — her second — on Wednesday for “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”It is the second National Book Award for Ms. Ward, a Mississippi native who also won in 2011 for her novel “Salvage the Bones.”


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Neighborhood Joint: The Old School of the New Age

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:16:55 GMT

Lyn Trotman stands behind the register, ready to answer questions from shoppers, like Bridget Hull.At Quest, the New Age isn’t exactly new. This esoteric bookshop has roots that go back to the 19th-century Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky.


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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:31:05 GMT

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


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Book News: Jeffrey Toobin to Publish Book on Russia Probe

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:46:41 GMT

Jeffrey Toobin in the summer of 2016.The New Yorker writer will tie together the narrative.


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DC Comics Fires Editor After Sexual Harassment Reports

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:36:15 GMT

Eddie Berganza, a comics editor, was fired from DC Entertainment on Monday, the company said.Eddie Berganza led several of the company’s most successful series and was accused of forcibly kissing or groping co-workers.


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My Thanksgiving: Migrant, Refugee, Gay: You’re All Welcome at This Table

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:38:46 GMT

Masha GessenMasha Gessen, a visiting professor at Amherst, tells why, on this Thanksgiving, her annual ritual of hosting strangers is more important and more difficult.


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My Thanksgiving: A Thanksgiving Message in a 1963 Proclamation

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:26:05 GMT

Elliot AckermanThe novelist and former Marine Elliot Ackerman says that now is the time to heed President Kennedy’s call to repair a fractured nation.


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My Thanksgiving: ‘I Became a Thanksgiving Orphan’

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:25:56 GMT

Jessica B. HarrisJust when the food scholar Jessica B. Harris thinks that a beloved family meal can’t be replaced, she learns that maybe it can.


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My Thanksgiving: The Drive Home

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:07:59 GMT

Emma ClineFor the fiction writer Emma Cline, the real occasion isn’t the Thanksgiving meal, it’s the trip to get there with her father.


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Match Book: Books That Mix the Science and Craft of Food With a Dash of Heart

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:59:47 GMT

From memoirs by Michelin-starred chefs and cutting-edge farmers to recipes collected in a concentration camp, writing that will feed your soul.


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My Thanksgiving: Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:37:50 GMT

Viet Thanh NguyenFor Viet Thanh Nguyen, a member of a refugee family, preparing the holiday meal does not bring up warm and fuzzy memories.


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