The Books of The Times review last Thursday, about “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi, who died of lung cancer last year, misstated a word in a passage in the book. Dr. Kalanithi said he was a neurosurgical resident at the time of his diagnosis, not a neurological resident.
Winner of a 2016 National Book Award, The Underground Railroad is the story of Cora, a slave who escapes via the Underground Railroad, which is rendered as an actual railroad system. Through its brilliant visions of a past both ours and not quite ours, The Underground Railroad depicts America's horrifying history with a devastating clarity.
The narrator of Strout’s powerful and melancholy new novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” might be a distant relation of Olive’s, though she is raised in poverty outside the small town of Amgash, Ill., rather than in Maine, and her adult home, where most of the novel takes place, is in Manhattan.
“Imagine Me Gone” will be on many “Best of 2016” book lists. This amazing read illustrates how mental illness is exhausting, time consuming, and financially devistatiing for the friends and families of those sufferers. Mental illness affects not just the ones who have the illness; mental illness affects the sufferer’s loved ones as well. Although the subject matter is depressing, author Adam Haslett adds laugh-out-loud humor to balance the read, to make it more readable.
USA TODAY Rating Is it fair to compare Siddhartha Mukherjee's new book The Gene: An Intimate History to The Emperor of All Maladies, his 2010 masterpiece tracing the history of cancer? Both beautifully navigate a sea of complicated medical information in a way that is digestible, poignant, and engaging; there is consistency in scope and structure between the two.
Apr 26, 2016 Book Riot Community added it This novel about a young woman learning about life, love, and wine in New York City gave me the worst book hangover. Tess moves from the Midwest to the city with no job and no money in her bank account and by sheer luck, gets a job at a posh foodie restaurant.
Or maybe “Another Brooklyn” is the secret Brooklyn of girlhood, where young women find strength in the identities they develop together. Referring to the boys of the neighborhood, August observes: “The four of us together weren’t something they understood.
By small shifts in perspective, the novel (winner of the National Book Award in fiction) ventures to new places in the narrative of slavery, or rather to places where it actually has something new to say: about America’s foundational sins, and the ways black history is too often stolen by white narrators.
Her new novel, “Barkskins,” is a clamorous epic of environmental despoliation. It plays out across 717 pages and more than 300 years, from the arrival of woodcutting French settlers in Canada in 1693 through an eyewitness account of melting glaciers in 2013.
WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS Stories By Helen Oyeyemi 325 pp. Riverhead Books. $27. Angela Carter, in a letter to Robert Coover, once wrote: “I really do believe that a fiction absolutely self-conscious of itself as a different form of human experience than reality (that is, not a logbook of ...
‘Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life’ By Elaine Showalter September 22, 2016 When Shirley Jackson died of heart failure in 1965, at the age of 48, obituaries described her as a popular writer of horror fiction, and especially as the author of “The Lottery,” a short story that had stunned New Yorker readers in 1948 with its deadpan account of a stoning ritual in New England.
White Trash offers a deep-diving history of people like Bryan going all the way back to the first European incursions into the Americas. From the founding of the Jamestown settlement to the present day, Isenberg insists, America has always had a class hierarchy and has never offered equal opportunity to all (white) comers.
Yet his true concerns, one suspects, err more towards the philosophical. As the title (taken from Yeats’s Byzantium) implies, this book aims to be a reckoning with “all that man is”. And here, it has to be said, Szalay’s verdict is depressing. Far from celebrating’s man’s infinite variety, the book reveals his endless repetitiveness.
Ms. Bennett is now 26, and “The Mothers,” which will be released this week by Riverhead Books, is shaping up to be one of the fall’s biggest literary debuts, with an initial printing of 108,000 copies and starred reviews in Booklist, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.
Some readers may be thrown a little by the title of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau, 304 pp., ***½ stars). But when The Daily Show host explains what it means, an alternate universe — at once distant and yet uncomfortably close to home — opens up before your eyes: A world where the absurdity of race is institutionalized into authoritarian rule.
TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT By Maria Semple Illustrated. 259 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $27. Near the beginning of “Today Will Be Different,” Maria Semple’s funny, smart, emotionally reverberant new novel, her narrator, Eleanor Flood, taking private poetry lessons, has marked up Robert Lowell ...
M organ was clearly meditating on the book she was about to unleash, a novel that compared to most literary fiction reads like a strange, majestic anachronism. The Sport of Kings is long. It is dense. It is violent. It is strident. It is pretentious. It is portentous.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Previews of the play began at the Palace Theatre, London on 7 June 2016, and it officially premiered on 30 July 2016.
Interview: Adam Grant, Author Of 'Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World' According to Adam Grant, a person's preferred browser is one way to tell whether they accept or reject the defaults in their life. His new book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.
ZERO K By Don DeLillo 274 pp. Scribner. $27. Something feels not quite right about subjecting Don DeLillo to the ordinary critical apparatus. I don’t read a DeLillo novel for its plot, character, setting; for who betrayed whom and how hard life with Mother was; for Phoenix days and Bombay nights ...
A woodcut from a 1669 pamphlet called ‘The Flying Serpent or Strange News Out of Essex’. I n Sarah Perry’s second novel, 1890s London is mad about the sciences, especially palaeontology. Every six months someone publishes a paper “setting out ways and places extinct animals might live on”, while smart women collect ammonites or wear necklaces of fossil teeth set in silver.