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2016 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

Each year, the New York Times’ list of notable books of 2016 brings to mind some of my favorite books we reviewed here in 2016. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2016: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   Boy, did I devour My Life...Show More Summary

Obama book Q & A

American president Obama has been giving any number of exit-interviews, and now there's also an agreeably bookish one with The New York Times' book reviewer Michiko Kakutani. They wrote this up in article form, but of course the Q &Show More Summary

THE BENEVOLENCE OF RAY AND JOAN KROC (Book review)

Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, by Lisa Napoli (Dutton, New York, NY, 2016, 353 pages). Book Review by Dennis Moore Virtually everyone in the world has had and tasted a McDonald’s hamburger at some time or another. In my case I have [...]Show More Summary

Coetzee on Zama

In The New York Review of Books J.M.Coetzee reviews Antonio Di Benedetto's Zama -- in a review titled: A Great Writer We Should Know. Quite the endorsement -- so maybe check it out, if you haven't already.

The New York Times Brings Its Best Poetry Round-up

David Orr contributes his best of the year list to NYT’s Book Review section. Orr writes: In accordance with New York Times policy, this list contains no relatives, close friends, students, colleagues and so forth (which means that I can’t include Maureen N. McLane’s wily “Mz N: The Serial”; James Richardson’s gently arresting “During”; or […]

The Right Idea: An Illuminating Essay

4 weeks agoArts : Straight Up

The editors of The New York Times Book Review asked “some notably avid readers — who also happen to be poets, musicians, diplomats, filmmakers, novelists, actors, and artists –” to name the books they read this year. About 50 answered the call, listing what must be several hundred titles. I noticed that not one of […]

Introducing Phaidon Books

Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Recently I was introduced to publisher, Phaidon, which has its headquarters in New York and London. It has a huge list of creative arts titles, and many exciting children’s books. Earlier...Show More Summary

'The Year in Reading' at NYTBR

The New York Times Book Review gets a variety of well-known folks to: "share the books that accompanied them through 2016" in The Year in Reading, making for an interesting variety.

How The New York Times Book Review Really Works

Pamela Paul, editor of the Sunday Times's literary supplement, did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" this week, and Emily Temple has dug out from it ten things that most people probably don't know about the Book Review - not least, its differences with the daily paper's book reviews by staff critics.

NYT Book Critics Pick Their Favorite Books Of 2016

"The New York Times has three daily book critics: Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner and Jennifer Senior. Because they review different titles, it is impossible for them to compile a single unanimous Top 10 list. They have favorites, however, and are happy to have a chance to list them here."

The Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon

The New York Review of Books has an article discussing the Rockefeller family fund's divestment of holdings in Exxon and other fossil fuel firms and the company's role in promoting disinformation about climate science - The Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2016

Editors at the Book Review talk about the year’s best books; Stefan Hertmans talks about “War and Turpentine”; and Ian McGuire discusses “The North Water.”

Weekend Wax Bits

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This Sunday, in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, rock author and critic Anthony DeCurtis writes a glowing review of Anatomy of a Song. Anthony DeCurtis, whose biography of Lou Reed is out next year, is a big deal...        

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2016

Editors at the Book Review discuss this year’s 100 Notable Books; Ronald H. Fritze talks about “Egyptomania”; and Matthew Schneier discusses “Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers.”

Trump: The Slippery Slope of Compromise

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : TalkLeft

The New York Review of Books (Daily) has an article by Massa Green (a Russian author and journalist and staunch opponent of Putin -- see the review of her book Putin: Man Without a Face), titled Trump: The Choices We Face. Green's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

NYT Book Review Picks 10 Best Books of 2016

The editors of the New York Times Book Review are out with their annual list of the best reads of the year. The top 10, which aren't ranked in order: The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan, fiction. Review here. The North Water, Ian McGuire, fiction. Review here. The Underground...

NYTBR books of the year

A week ago The New York Times Book Review announced their 100 Notable Books of 2016 -- and now they've announced The 10 Best Books of 2016. Like last year, two translations make the list -- Stefan Hertmans' War and Turpentine and Han Kang's Man Booker International Prize-winning The Vegetarian.

The Ten Best Books Of 2016?

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Editors of the New York Times Book Review choose their favorites of the year.

What James Comey Did

New York Review of Books: “The announcement predictably played right into the hands of Trump, who immediately took the occasion to repeat his charge that Clinton should be locked up. None of this should have happened; under long-standing Justice Department [...]

Is This How Democracy Ends?

David Runciman, London Review of Books: On election night, almost as soon as it was clear that the unthinkable had become a cold reality, Paul Krugman asked in the New York Times whether the U.S. was now a failed state. Political scientists...Show More Summary

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