New York Times Books

Critic’s Take: The Glow From ‘The Fire Next Time’

Mon 12-25-2017, 12:00 am
How James Baldwin’s incendiary work illuminated his era, as well as ours.
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Books News: In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?

Sun 12-24-2017, 10:59 am
A new class of editors is quietly reshaping children’s literature, vetting books for cultural and racial stereotypes before they reach readers.
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Yu Guangzhong, Exiled Poet Who Longed for China, Dies at 89

Sat 12-23-2017, 4:29 pm
Mr. Yu’s poem “Nostalgia” symbolized the aching separation felt by a generation of homesick Chinese who lived in Taiwan.
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A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends

Sat 12-23-2017, 5:00 am
Worried that he couldn’t work as an illustrator, Loren Long hid his “obstacle.” Now it’s out in the open.
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Newsbook: Holiday Fiction, Just in Time for Christmas

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:04 pm
Whether you like thrillers or Y.A., here are three books to get you through the end of the year.
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An Illuminated Hebrew Bible Has a New Home

Fri 12-22-2017, 10:39 am
The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the Bible, from 14th-century Spain, from a collector. It will be on display at the Cloisters.
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Inside the List: When William Styron Ruled the Best-Seller List

Fri 12-22-2017, 8:52 am
Half a century ago, “The Confessions of Nat Turner” was ensconced on top of the fiction list. But not without controversy.
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The Book Review Podcast: ‘The Story of the Jews’ Continues

Fri 12-22-2017, 7:21 am
Simon Schama talks about “Belonging: 1492-1900,” and Christopher de Hamel discusses “Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts.”
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The Best Poetry of 2017

Fri 12-22-2017, 4:46 am
Our columnist David Orr picks 10 favorites.
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In Search of Lost Time

Fri 12-22-2017, 1:00 am
The Book Review’s Egos columnist gives her top memoir picks of 2017.
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Fiction: A Fictional Priest Uncovers a Long History of Clerical Child Abuse

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
In “Crimes of the Father,” set in 1990s Australia, Thomas Keneally’s latest subject is the widespread problem of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church.
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Memento: Harriet Tubman’s Hymnal

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
Words the Civil War abolitionist could not read, but still held sacred.
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Nonfiction: Eat, Pray, Laugh

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
Adam Valen Levinson’s “The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah” is an irreverent memoir about an American man who has a coming-of-age in the Middle East.
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Nonfiction: The Quest for Immortality, Rebooted

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
In “Heavens on Earth,” Michael Shermer explores the lengths to which mankind will go to ensure our souls’ survival beyond existence on this mortal coil.
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Nonfiction: Finding Oneself in a Coffin

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
In his latest book, the author David Giffels tries to understand death by building the box he wants to be buried in.
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Nonfiction: Losing Her Religion

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
In “The Book of Separation,” the novelist Tova Mirvis recalls leaving her marriage and her Modern Orthodox life.
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Paperback Row

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: If Tea Isn’t Your Cuppa, How About Beer, Wine or Coffee?

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
Drink deep of the details of winemaking, the history of coffee, the nature of beer and the appreciation of fine spirits in four new books.
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Nonfiction: Two Authors Examine Biblical History for Clues About Faith

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
In “The Great Shift,” James L. Kugel explores changing notions of God; in “The Exodus,” Richard Elliott Friedman argues that early Jews really did flee Egypt.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri 12-22-2017, 12:00 am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Richard Gilman on the religious novel.
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