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By the Book: Rebecca Solnit: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - 2 hours 45 min ago
The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”
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Nonfiction: A Critic Who Worships Literature, and Defends His Faith Accordingly

New York Times Book Reviews - 2 hours 46 min ago
In his passionate new essay collection, “American Audacity,” William Giraldi fiercely emphasizes the cultural importance of high literary standards.
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Nonfiction: The Street Where ‘They Do Strange Things’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:00
Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s history of the Bowery, “Devil’s Mile,” is a narrative not only of the famous street but of New York City as well.
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Fiction: Two New Novels Expose the Fracturing of the American Nuclear Family, From Midcentury to Today

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:00
Cherise Wolas’s “The Family Tabor” and Rick Gekoski’s “A Long Island Story” both witness the unraveling of prominent Jewish families.
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The Shortlist: Eats of Eden

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:00
Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg’s “The Best Cook in the World,” Edward Lee’s “Buttermilk Graffiti” and Lidia Bastianich’s “My American Dream.”
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Haunting 'Fighters' sees Iraq, Afghanistan wars through the eyes of six U.S. 'grunts'

USAToday Books - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:00

In 'The Fighters,' C.J. Chivers reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by telling the stories of six U.S. servicemen. A 4-star book review.

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New book looks into ties between Donald Trump, Russia, but there's more smoke than fire

USAToday Books - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 05:00

Journalist Craig Unger looks into the connections between Trump, Putin and maybe the Russian Mafia in 'House of Trump, House of Putin.'

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Nonfiction: On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00
C.J. Chivers’s “The Fighters” provides gut-wrenching descriptions of the battles in the Middle East
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Essay: The Virtues of Shelf-lessness

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00
Sloane Crosley makes the case for a nontraditional, at-home alternative to the Dewey Decimal System.
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Match Book: Aspiring Memoirist Seeking Famous Writers’ Letters and Essays for Inspiration

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00
From Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield to Yiyun Li and Heidi Julavits, Do Diarists Ever Truly Reveal Themselves?
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George R.R. Martin reveals inspiration behind killing of 'Game of Thrones' characters

USAToday Books - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 20:15

In a clip from PBS' “The Great American Read," George R.R. Martin, whose "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels were adapted into the hit HBO show, reveals who opened his eyes to the dramatic tension created by character deaths.

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Did Omarosa break the law by secretly taping her firing in White House Situation Room?

USAToday Books - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:14

It's not entirely clear whether Omarosa's release of her secret tape of her firing in the White House Situation Room violated criminal law, but she probably should get a lawyer anyway.

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Nonfiction: Why We Should Never Expect to Discover Sentient Ice Cubes

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:00
Charles S. Cockell’s “The Equations of Life” argues that physics constrains evolution so that life is not endlessly variable, but actually quite predictable.
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'Fly Girls' is soaring tale of how early female aviators won the skies

USAToday Books - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:00

'Fly Girls' by Keith O'Brien tells the true story of five women pilots in the 1920s determined to compete in risky air races. A 3.5-star book review.

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Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:00
David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
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As Barnes & Noble Struggles to Find Footing, Founder Takes Heat

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 15:34
Sales are falling and critics say the company lacks a direction, sometimes seeming to give priority to sales of gifts and tchotchkes over books.
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Omarosa: I secretly taped my firing from the Trump White House to 'protect myself'

USAToday Books - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 10:34

Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly taped her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly. It's her latest explosive claim ahead of the publication of her new book, 'Unhinged,' in which she says tapes exist of Trump using the N-word.

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5 new books you won't want to miss this week, including Omarosa's Trump tell-all

USAToday Books - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 05:00

Look for Omarosa Manigault Newman's memoir "Unhinged," about her time in the White House. Plus more new books on sale Aug. 14.

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Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sir VS Naipaul dies aged 85

Bookbrowse News - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:06
Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London aged 85, his family have said. Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.


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