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P.D.James (1920-2014)

P.D.James has passed away -- so, lots of coverage; see, for example, obituaries in The Guardian (Richard Lea) and The New York Times (Marilyn Stasio) She was very good, and I've read almost all her books; four are under review at the complete review : Death in Holy Orders The Lighthouse The Murder Room The Private Patient

‘Our Almost Instinct Almost True’: Clive James Reviews a Philip Larkin Biography at NYT

At the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Clive James unlocks a new biography of the acclaimed British poet, Philip Larkin. The new biography by James Booth, underscores why Larkin’s writing still matters, despite his somewhat controversial personal life. James Booth’s new biography of Philip Larkin is not very exciting, perhaps because Booth has the [...]

Pitching and Defense

In today’s New York Times Book Review, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison address a familiar question: “How has the social role of poetry changed since Shelley?” (This question is usually posed in more alarmist terms: Can Poetry Matter? Or Has… Continue reading ?

Treating Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

Steven Hahn reviewed James McPherson’s new book about Jefferson Davis in yesterday’s New York Times. It includes nothing out of the ordinary from a typical academic review in a popular publication until you reach the very end. I found this to be somewhat curious. Yet, there is a larger and more unsettling issue. Treating Davis […]

Dwight Garner Q & A

At The New York Times' 'Times Insider' Susan Lehman has a Book Reviewer Tell-All: Dwight Garner on Reading, Reviewing and Avoiding Blindness with The New York Times' book reviewer. Always of interest to me: how many books other reviewers/outlets...Show More Summary

Bookends from the New York Times Book Review: The Rejected Questions

Can the state of contemporary literature be used to forecast stock prices?

New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul on "By The Book"

Since taking over the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul has revamped the venerable weekly, and brought it some much-needed life. Among her improvements, a weekly interview with a writer (usually) about his or her reading habits and predilections....

Ann Patchett Would Like to Clarify That She is Not Married to Her Dog

Despite a recent, glorious typo in the New York Times' Sunday Book Review suggesting otherwise, novelist Ann Patchett would like everyone to know that she is not married to, or in any kind of non-platonic relationship with, her dog Sparky. Show More Summary

Orville Schell on China

The New York Review of Books has published an essay by the academic, writer and long time China-watcher Orville Schell. In the essay, Schell details a recent trip to China he attended, with former US President Jimmy Carter, that was meant to commemorate the 35th anniversary of 'normalised relations' between the two countries. Show More Summary

Shorties (Bruce Springsteen on Books, Caitlin Doughty on Her New Memoir, and more)

Bruce Springsteen talked books and reading with the New York Times. The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Hairpin interviewed Caitlin Doughty about her new memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. The Rumpus...

GalleyCat Exclusive: NY Times Unveils 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year List

4 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The New York Times Book Review has unveiled its annual list of the “10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books” of the year. Shelf Awareness children’s editor Jennifer M. Brown, Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Floca, and Caldecott Medal recipient Jerry Pinkney sat on this year’s judging panel. Show More Summary

Review of The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites is the first book in a new series by Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, Champion). A few years ago, a plague swept through the world and forever changed it. Every adult who became ill died, but there were children who survived this illness. Show More Summary

Security, Theatre, Risen

For the NYTimes, Thomas E. Ricks, no pacifist, reviews James Risen’s new book: In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, sets out to portray the many seamy sides of the war on terror during the past 13 years… We are plunged [Read more...]

Marlon James Reads

Recommended listening: Marlon James reads an excerpt from his new book, A Brief History of Seven Killings, which was included in our most recent Book Preview. Pair with The New York Time‘s review of the novel.

Felix Salmon Is In A Fight With Martin Wolf About Whether He Was Qualified To Review Wolf's Book

Fusion's Felix Salmon and the FT's Martin Wolf are having it out on the internet this week. Here’s the short: Salmon, in the New York Times Book Review, wrote that he thinks Wolf’s new book, The Shifts and the Shocks, is too dense for a general audience. Show More Summary

Salmon Roasted

I confess to being shocked by the exchange between Martin Wolf and Felix Salmon in this week’s New York Times Book Review. First Salmon had criticized Wolf for using the terms “net external liability position” and “real unit labor costs” instead of “national debt” and “wages”. Show More Summary

It would have been silly to censor the word

A former New York Times employee was surprised to see the word “fucking” in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. (It’s in the last paragraph of a book excerpt.) He wrote in a Sunday email: This may not be the absolute first time that a form of “fuck” has been in the paper (accidents and … Read More

Better Stick To Their Day Jobs! Kendall & Kylie Jenner’s ‘Garbage’ Book Brings In Dismal Sales, Reviews

Snooki, Demi Lovato, and Nicole Richie are all New York Times bestselling authors. But the Kardashian spin machine — and a ghost writer — couldn’t help Kendall and… READ ON

By The Book

From The New York Times interview with Clive James: My best bad review, as it were, was a takedown of “Princess Daisy,” an appalling best-selling novel by the once-famous Judith Krantz, who clearly believed every word she wrote about sex, glamour and the higher levels of shopping. Show More Summary

“Eyes Without a Face”

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats fame has a debut novel, Wolf in White Van, longlisted for the National Book Award, and Dwight Garner reviews the “strange and involving” novel for The New York Times.

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