Tag: Books and Literature

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Children’s Books: Grandmas and Grandpas Are a Kid’s Natural Allies in These Books

Needless to say, small children won’t be reading this review. It is aimed squarely at the grown-ups who...

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The Book Review Podcast: The Life of Atticus Finch

It’s not every fictional character who is worthy of his or her own biography, but Atticus Finch is...

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Nonfiction: Falling Crime Rates Are Good — at a Cost. A Writer Sees Both Sides.

UNEASY PEACEThe Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on ViolenceBy Patrick Sharkey244...

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Otherworldly: Heart-Hammering Science Fiction and Fantasy Thrillers

That aside, “84K” is absorbing and timely; a book to wrestle and argue with, but first and foremost,...

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Inside the List: ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ First Published in 2000, Tops the List Again

It’s probably no surprise that for the second week in a row, “Kitchen Confidential” — Anthony Bourdain’s profane,...

Nonfiction: In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History

QUEER CITYGay London from the Romans to the Present DayBy Peter Ackroyd262 pp. Abrams Press. $26. Image The...

Books of The Times: Far From the Shore, a Happy Couple Takes a Turn for the Worse

A woman is digging a grave. This is harder than you might think — it takes forever and...

Nonfiction: Royal Ladies, Royal Intrigue

Goldstone’s forthright and often witty asides keep this complicated story bowling along at a terrific pace. Commenting on...

Fiction: Imagining the Unhappy Life of Stan Laurel

HEBy John Connolly456 pp. Quercus. $26.99. There is nothing surprising anymore about a sad clown. So many melancholy...

Nonfiction: Berenice Abbott: She Was a Camera

It’s funny that such a strong personality devoted her career to creating what she saw as an egoless,...