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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Review: St. Regis San Francisco

Ford and I met up in San Francisco before our flight to Italy. Ford was coming in from Los Angeles, and I was coming in from New York on JetBlue. Yes, I realize that's quite a bit of backtracking, but we had booked the tickets to Italy before I realized I needed to be in New York those days. Show More Summary

John Aubrey, My Own Life review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ruth Scurr's much-praised biography (of (unusual) sorts), John Aubrey, My Own Life, now also out in a US edition, from New York Review Books (in a rare hardcover-editio...

The Writing Life: Joe Lelyveld's Truth

Joseph Lelyveld, former executive editor of the New York Times, recently published a biography of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "His Final Battle: The Last Year of Franklin Roosevelt." The book has attracted rave reviews. An earlier...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- From the new issue of Common-place, a great piece by Endrina Tay on the sale of Jefferson's library to Congress in 1815.- New York City police have released photos of a suspect in the theft of two books from PRPH Books back in April.-...Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Maureen Dowd on Clinton and Trump

Maureen Dowd talks about “The Year of Voting Dangerously,” and Lauren Collins discusses “When in French.”

Eakin on the destruction at Palmyra

In an essay in the most recent issue of the New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin criticizes the actions of UNESCO, the United States, and Russia in the wake of the retaking of Palmyra from the Islamic State. For all the pageantry, the retaking of Palmyra has served as a powerful reminder of how … Continue reading "Eakin on the destruction at Palmyra"

“Political” Medicine vs. Real Medicine

(Steven Hayward) From Russell Baker’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new book His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt in the current issue of the New York Review of Books: Everybody seemed aware that the president had a medical problem of some sort, but nobody knew precisely what it was. Show More Summary

Kenyth Mogan: Book Review: Precious Little Devils

I was first introduced to Eileen Sharpiro in 2013 while stumbling through the jungles of the gay press for my first music video. She was kind, honest,... Read more: Books, New York, American Idol, Reality TV, Books News

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Mark Thompson’s ‘Enough Said’

Mark Thompson discusses “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?”; and Kati Marton talks about “True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.”

Editors’ Choice: 9 Great Books to Start Off September

New books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.

Rachel Cusk’s Latest Book Review Is a Lesson in How Not to Write About Infertility

Ideally, a book review offers both a summary of its subject’s contents and some insight into the book’s themes and what purpose it might serve for readers. Rachel Cusk’s recent cover story for the New York Times Book Review on two new...Show More Summary

A Novel Debut

Over at the New York Times Book Review, Leslie Jamison and Ayana Mathis write about the excitement surrounding debut novelists’ work. “It’s like hearing an overture at the beginning of a symphony, the introduction of themes and preoccupations that will keep unfolding,” Jamison writes.

Shorties (Jonathan Safran Foer on His New Novel, Kristin Welchez of Dum Dum Girls and Kristin Kontrol Interviewed, and more)

Jonathan Safran Foer discussed his new novel Here I Am with the Washington Post and All Things Considered. The New York Times and New Republic reviewed the book. The Quietus interviewed Kristin Welchez of Dum Dum Girls and Kristin Kontrol....

Book Review: American Dunkirk, The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11

Book Review by Rick Spilman – The great New York boatlift of September 11th, 2001, is one of the less well known and least understood of the events of 9/11. In around 10 hours, the mariners of New York harbor evacuated an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people trapped in Lower Manhattan by water. Show More Summary

Zama review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Antonio Di Benedetto's 1956 novel, Zama, which is finally available in English translation, by Esther Allen, from New York Review Books.

'Google Translate' and literary

Esther Allen's translation of Antonio Di Benedetto's classic novel, Zama, just came out -- see the New York Review Books publicity page, or get your copy at or; I should be getting to it shortly -- and at Publishers...Show More Summary

How A Novelist Made Peace With Criticism: Curtis Sittenfield On Being Reviewee And Reviewer

“I’m aware more than I was before I had books published that any review is a bit arbitrary – it’s not really, say, The New York Times that’s authoritatively weighing in on the quality of a book, though it seems this way to the public. It’s actually one reviewer weighing in (maybe a daily reviewer […]

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