New York Times Books

Art-World Giants Give $40,000 Grants to Three Poets

Tue 01-02-2018, 5:19 am
Endowed by Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts awards went to Lisa Robertson, Anne Boyer and Fred Moten.
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Nonfiction: We Are What We Read

Tue 01-02-2018, 12:00 am
Two new books, by Martin Puchner and Abigail Williams, explore how literature has shaped human society.
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Essay: How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

Tue 01-02-2018, 12:00 am
Poor black lives weren’t depicted in the serious fiction of Hughes’s day. As Angela Flournoy notes, his debut novel, “Not Without Laughter,” changed that.
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Books of The Times: Sex and Faith Overheat in Jamie Quatro’s ‘Fire Sermon’

Mon 01-01-2018, 7:00 am
Quatro’s first novel, following an acclaimed collection of stories, is about a religious woman in a passionless marriage.
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Essay: What to Read if You Want to Know More About North Korea

Mon 01-01-2018, 12:00 am
Nicholas Kristof recommends books about one of the most closed countries on Earth.
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Fiction: Displaced Persons

Mon 01-01-2018, 12:00 am
In Daniel Alarcón’s “The King Is Always Above the People,” young men in new situations find out who they really are.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Goddess of Anarchy’

Sun 12-31-2017, 11:00 am
Jacqueline Jones discusses her new biography of Lucy Parsons, a woman born into slavery who became an outspoken advocate for the working classes.
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Sue Grafton, Whose Detective Novels Spanned the Alphabet, Dies at 77

Fri 12-29-2017, 2:05 pm
Her popular series about a female private eye began in 1982 with “A Is for Alibi” and continued through “Y Is for Yesterday” this year.
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The Book Review Podcast: The Fire Next Time

Fri 12-29-2017, 6:59 am
Brendan I. Koerner talks about “Megafire” and “Firestorm,” and Henry Fountain discusses “The Great Quake.”
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Ivory Tower: What’s Bad News for Coastlines Can Be Good News for Surfers

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
Five books on oceans, hurricanes and the perfect wave.
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The Shortlist: Three Books That Track Diseases, Drugs and the World They Made

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
Histories of modern medicine through the 20th-century proliferations of Spanish flu, tuberculosis and penicillin.
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Nonfiction: We Aren’t Destroying the Earth

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
In a new book, “Inheritors of the Earth,” Chris Thomas argues that animals and plants are adapting to the world we are creating. We need not worry.
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Inside the List: He Wrote ‘A Gentleman in Moscow,’ and Likes Reading About Scoundrels in Los Angeles

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
Amor Towles, whose second novel has spent 46 weeks on the best-seller list, likes to bring vintage mysteries on vacation.
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Essay: When ‘All Thumbs’ Becomes a Compliment

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
Calvin Trillin reflects on the idioms lost in the age of the smartphone.
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Essay: Planned Obsolescence

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
For fiction writers, keeping up with technological and political change in their work is a risky proposition. But nowadays it is more essential than ever.
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How the Literary Heavyweights of the 1960s Reacted to Vietnam

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
An illustrated history of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s failed attempt to garner the support of the intelligentsia for his impending war.
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Nonfiction: A Memoir of a Childhood Crushed by a Despotic Father

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
In “The Only Girl in the World,” Maude Julien describes a series of horrors growing up the daughter of a man who believed he was sculpting her into a superior being.
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Paperback Row

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
Readers respond to reviews in previous issues.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri 12-29-2017, 12:00 am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: What will the end of the world look like?
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