New York Times Books

Books News: Jesmyn Ward and Masha Gessen Among 2017 National Book Awards Finalists

Wed 10-04-2017, 2:55 am
David Grann, Min Jin Lee and Layli Long Soldier are also among the 20 finalists across four categories.
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Nonfiction: 1949: The Year That Set the Course of Chinese-American Relations

Tue 10-03-2017, 11:00 pm
Kevin Peraino’s “A Force So Swift” recounts a turning point that continues to haunt Washington and Beijing.
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Poetry: Five Decades of Frank Bidart’s Verse, From Masks to Self-Mythology

Tue 10-03-2017, 11:00 pm
The collected poems in “Half-Light,” long-listed for the National Book Award, let readers trace the evolution of a sophisticated modern master.
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Nonfiction: Learning About Women’s Lives Through the Food They Consumed

Tue 10-03-2017, 11:00 pm
In “What She Ate,” Laura Shapiro offers biographical portraits of six notable women and their diets, including Helen Gurley Brown and Eva Braun.
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Books of The Times: Jeffrey Eugenides’s Short Stories Salvage Wit From Life’s Grind

Tue 10-03-2017, 7:31 am
The stories in “Fresh Complaint” are interested in failure and misbehavior, but they are also threaded with a strong moral sensibility.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: David Friend on ‘The Naughty Nineties’

Tue 10-03-2017, 7:25 am
Friend’s book argues that the sexual and political attitudes of the 1990s shaped, in ways both progressive and conservative, the ground we stand on today.
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Onora O’Neill Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy

Tue 10-03-2017, 3:00 am
Her work has focused on a range of questions, including the frequent call to “rebuild trust” across society, which she argues “gets things backwards.”
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Nonfiction: In Masha Gessen’s ‘The Future Is History,’ Homo Sovieticus Rises

Mon 10-02-2017, 11:00 pm
In her new book, Gessen, a journalist and longtime critic of Vladimir Putin, recounts the experiences of seven people living in post-Communist Russia.
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Fiction: In ‘Manhattan Beach,’ Jennifer Egan Sets a Crime Story on the Waterfront

Mon 10-02-2017, 11:00 pm
A missing father, an underworld boss and a female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yards anchor the Pulitzer winner’s first novel since “A Visit From the Goon Squad.”
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Fiction: A Second Wife Haunted by the Shadow of Her Husband’s First

Mon 10-02-2017, 11:00 pm
Lily Tuck’s new novel, steeped in references to literary forebears, exposes the psychological obsession of women who’ve wed the same man.
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Nonfiction: When the Empress of India Met Her Muslim Teacher

Mon 10-02-2017, 11:00 pm
Shrabani Basu’s “Victoria & Abdul,” now also a film starring Judi Dench, portrays the bond between the British queen and her Indian teacher.
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Match Book: Illustrated Books to Help Children Embrace Their Differences

Mon 10-02-2017, 8:45 pm
Ferdinand the peaceful bull, a blue crayon named Red and other misunderstood heroes who teach kids it’s O.K. to be themselves.
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Front Burner: Guggenheim Talk Focuses on Legendary Dancer’s Cookbook

Mon 10-02-2017, 12:05 pm
The museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tanaquil Le Clercq’s ‘Ballet Cook Book’ with two nights of discussion.
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Bulletin Board: Who Gets to Write About Romance? A Response From the Books Desk

Mon 10-02-2017, 11:09 am
Radhika Jones, the editorial director of the books section, responds to readers who criticized a roundup of this season’s romance novels.
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Profile: The World According to Dan Brown

Mon 10-02-2017, 10:44 am
A visit with Dan Brown, whose new novel — as with all of his works — doesn’t shy away from the big questions, but rushes pell-mell into them. In “Origin,” the question is: Can science make religion obsolete?
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Books of The Times: Through the Lens of the Obama Years, Ta-Nehisi Coates Reckons With Race, Identity and Trump

Mon 10-02-2017, 8:02 am
“We Were Eight Years in Power” is a selection of Coates’s most influential pieces from The Atlantic, with new material about what he was thinking and feeling when he wrote them.
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Using Science and History to Unlock the Secrets of Bread

Mon 10-02-2017, 7:20 am
Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya’s myth-busting new book, “Modernist Bread,” is a call for bakers to experiment and innovate.
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