Tag: Books and Literature

Fiction: A Novel That Delves Into the Mind of a Famous Schizophrenic

PLAYTHINGSBy Alex Pheby249 pp. Biblioasis. Paper, $14.95. When a writer casts a historical figure as the subject of...

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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books About Global Warming

This year has seen record-high temperatures around the world, including in Japan, where triple-digit temperatures killed at least...

Betty Miles, Whose Children’s Books Tackled Sexism, Dies at 90

Betty Miles, a writer whose books for children and young adults addressed real-life issues like sexism, racism and...

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Fiction: ‘Beowulf’ Gets a 21st-Century Update

THE MERE WIFEBy Maria Dahvana Headley308 pp. MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27. The Anglo-Saxon epic “Beowulf” has a...

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Inside the List: That Huge Surprise in His Own Family Genealogy? It’s Playing out in His Novels

Middle-grade author Alan Gratz isn’t a genealogy buff, but his aunt is, and a few decades ago she...

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New in Paperback: ‘An Odyssey,’ ‘Dunbar’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. AN ODYSSEY: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, by...

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The Literati: Henry James’s Final Curtain Call

Concerned about diminishing royalties from his novels, Henry James in his mid-40s began to write plays. Over five...

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Children’s Books: Magic Ripples Just Below the Surface in These Novels

Some books are like tour guides. Grinning, they whisk you through enchanted avenues, each carefree laugh rehearsed and...

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The Shortlist: Personal Stories From the Refugee Experience

The story really begins when Al Samawi reads the Bible for the first time at the urging of...

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How to Listen to the Book Review Podcast

Each week on The New York Times Book Review’s podcast, the Book Review’s editor, Pamela Paul, speaks with...