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100 Notable Books of 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:30:24 GMT

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.


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A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:10:06 GMT

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, a Nigerian publisher who is expanding her imprint to the United States.Nigeria has become a major exporter of literary talent, and now one publisher, Cassava Republic, is expanding to the United States.


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Books of The Times: Not if the Seas Rise, but When and How High

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:01 GMT

Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” reports on climate change and contemplates the future fates of coastal cities.


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Books of The Times: Marguerite Duras’s ‘The Lover,’ and Notebooks That Enrich It

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:35:35 GMT

Duras’s best-known novel has been reissued in an Everyman’s Library edition, alongside her “Wartime Notebooks” and “Practicalities,” a collection of essays.


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Nonfiction: ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

The Ingalls family in 1894. Left to right: Caroline, Carrie, Laura, Charles, Grace and Mary.A new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder “refreshes and revitalizes” our understanding of westward expansion, pioneer life and the literature that mythologized it.


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Fiction: Whatever Happened to Isabel Archer? ‘Mrs. Osmond’ Picks Up Where Henry James Left Off

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:00:20 GMT

John Banville’s sequel to James’s “Portrait of a Lady” follows the heroine back to Rome and to the possible end of her marriage.


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The Book Review Podcast: O Pioneers!

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:21:31 GMT

Caroline Fraser talks about “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” and Tiya Miles discusses “The Dawn of Detroit.”


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Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:19:18 GMT

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


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Newsbook: Books on Navigating Family Dynamics This Thanksgiving

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:00:01 GMT

These three titles discuss fostering intimacy, what birth order really means and what brings families together.


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Inside the List: Your Favorite Authors Recommend Their Favorite Books

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:32:07 GMT

Jacqueline WoodsonFour books to read now, as suggested by Jacqueline Woodson, Celeste Ng, Kurt Andersen and Neil de Grasse Tyson.


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Nonfiction: An Essayist Searching for Alternate Worlds

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:18 GMT

In his first essay collection, “True Stories,” the English writer Francis Spufford weighs in on Antarctica, science fiction and those annoying atheists.


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Nonfiction: An Ecstatic, Troubled Poet Comes to Life in a New Biography

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:18 GMT

James Wright, on horseback, with Robert Bly at Bly’s farm in Madison, Minn.In “James Wright: A Life in Poetry,” Jonathan Blunk traces the great writer’s inspirations, obsessions and friendships.


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The Shortlist: First Novels Tackle Sexism and Prejudice, Past and Present

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:17 GMT

Four debut novelists take readers from 19th-century China to the present-day Middle East and Australia, with stops in Rio and the American Midwest.


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Nonfiction: Little Farm on the Prairie

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:17 GMT

Rick Hammond rests briefly while herding cows.In “This Blessed Earth,” Ted Genoways writes about a Nebraskan farmer and his family as they try to adapt to changing times.


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Open Shelves: Making “Manhattan Beach”

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:16 GMT

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan gives a tour of the private book stacks from which she drew inspiration for her latest novel.


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Paperback Row

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:14 GMT

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.


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Fiction: A Form of Literary Alchemy That Resurrects the Past

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:14 GMT

Wioletta Greg“Swallowing Mercury,” a novella by Wioletta Greg that was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, is set in rural Poland during the Cold War.


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Nonfiction: The Woman Who Smashed a Glass Ceiling in the 16th Century

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:11 GMT

Portrait of the young Roxelana.Leslie Peirce’s “Empress of the East” tells the story of the slave girl who rose to become Queen of the Ottomans.


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Letters to the Editor

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:01 GMT

Readers respond to “Draft No. 4,” “Schlesinger” and more.



Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:01 GMT

In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Eleanor Cameron on the import of Laura Ingalls Wilder.



Nonfiction: The Cookbook Addict

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:16 GMT

Jane Kramer’s “The Reporter’s Kitchen” explains how she approaches life through food and food through life.


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Nonfiction: Iconic Food Writers Toppled Off Their Pedestals

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:16 GMT

Julia ChildJustin Spring’s “The Gourmands’ Way” offers a critical group portrait of the Americans who introduced French food to post-World War II America.


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By the Book: Anthony Bourdain: By the Book

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:14 GMT

Anthony Bourdain The author of “Kitchen Confidential” says one of the benchmarks of great food writing is to be very knowledgeable, but never a snob.


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Nonfiction: A Daughter’s Tribute to Her Father and His Taste for Bordeaux

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:13 GMT

In “The Wine Lover’s Daughter,” Anne Fadiman weaves her own memoir with a biography of her father, Clifton Fadiman, and the compendium of wine knowledge he instilled in her.


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Unearthed Raymond Chandler Story Rebukes U.S. Health Care System

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:18:24 GMT

Raymond Chandler, the crime novelist, in 1946. One of his short stories, “It’s All Right — He Only Died,” was recently discovered and published by Strand Magazine, a literary quarterly.You won’t find Philip Marlowe in the crime novelist’s short story “It’s All Right — He’s Dead.” But it explores themes still relevant 60 years after Chandler’s death.


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Nonfiction: Women Write of Home, and a Woman’s Place in It

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:19 GMT

The Homestead, the historical residence of Emily Dickinson in Amherst, now the site of the Emily Dickinson Museum.Female authors take on the subject of the home from a variety of perspectives in “This Is the Place,” a collection of essays edited by Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters.


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Fiction: Garth Risk Hallberg’s Mix-and-Match Story of Suburban Ennui

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:18 GMT

Garth Risk HallbergIn his novella “A Field Guide to the North American Family,” Hallberg takes an experimental approach to a traditional subject.


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Nonfiction: Detroit’s Untold Stories of Slavery

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:15:04 GMT

Tiya MilesIn “The Dawn of Detroit,” Tiya Miles reconstructs the history and experience of the city’s African-American and Native American slaves.


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Pat Hutchins, 75, Dies; Wrote and Illustrated Children’s Books

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:30:22 GMT

Pat Hutchins at her home in London in 2017. “She respected the intelligence of children so much,” one of her publishers said.Ms. Hutchins, whose best-known book was “Rosie’s Walk,” also wrote stories about a boy named Titch that were adapted for British television.


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Edward Herman, 92, Critic of U.S. Media and Foreign Policy, Dies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:25:15 GMT

Edward S. Herman, who wrote “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” with Noam Chomsky.An economist, he described a “propaganda model” of newspaper and TV network complicity with a government whose foreign policy was hypocritical.


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Nonfiction: The Contradictions of Joseph Conrad

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:24 GMT

Polish-born British mariner and novelist Joseph Conrad in 1922.Maya Jasanoff’s book, “The Dawn Watch,” uses Conrad’s work to tell a story of globalization, imperialism and resistance.


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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:23 GMT

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


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Fiction: A Timely Novel of Anti-Progress by Louise Erdrich

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Louise ErdrichIn “Future Home of the Living God,” Erdrich’s futuristic novel, evolution runs backward, reproduction is threatened and the climate has changed, irrevocably.


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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Books to Fuel, Not Fix, My Sadness

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Harrowing tragedy abounds in these selections of fierce, female-centered fiction.


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Books of The Times: The Story of Appalachia, With Plenty of Villains

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:48:41 GMT

Steven Stoll’s “Ramp Hollow” is a powerful and outrage-making analysis of the forces, over centuries, that have shaped the region.


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What to Read Before Heading to Detroit

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:05:39 GMT

Three books on Detroit’s decline and resurgence.


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

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:00:01 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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