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Farah Stockman talks about “American Made,” and Benjamín Labatut discusses “When We Cease to Understand the World.”
Karina Yan Glaser’s home in Harlem is full of children, books, plants and animals (just the way she likes it).
In “Monster in the Middle,” parents beget children who inherit their pain, their care and their madness.
Adept at reimagining classic tales, he often made sure that his books included Black characters and themes.
In this 1989 novel, a young woman comes to understand her place in a Chinese family — and in the world — through visits with her aging aunts.
Here’s how we reviewed now-famous mysteries by the likes of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, Dashiell Hammett and more.
What did the Book Review look like in 1896, in 1916, in 1962? Scroll down to see what it looked like — and how it changed — through the decades.
Fifty years ago, the Times reporter Neil Sheehan took a hard look at America’s conduct in Vietnam.
You might think that celebrated adult authors writing for kids is a new trend. It isn’t.
To our reviewer, the poet’s novel was “the kind of book Salinger’s Franny might have written about herself 10 years later, if she had spent those 10 years in Hell.”
Our reviewer called “Ulysses” the “most important contribution that has been made to fictional literature in the 20th century.” That doesn’t mean he liked it.
This collection — which appeared seven years after the Southern Gothic writer’s death in 1964 — was reviewed by Alfred Kazin.
Dinosaurs in the 20th century? In 1912, Sherlock Holmes’s creator invented the template that Michael Crichton would follow almost eight decades later.
In the deep, sprawling 1977 story of Milkman Dead, the reviewer Reynolds Price found evidence for “the possibility of transcendence within human life.”
In 1962, our reviewer described this radically feminist novel — now considered Lessing’s most influential work — as “a coruscating literary event.”
Mario Puzo, who reviewed this collection of the conservative thinker's essays, found himself charmed despite the politics.
Reeling from a divorce, a writer sought solace in Italy, India and Indonesia. There, she found peace — and plenty of material for a blockbuster memoir.
The Times would later call this 1995 memoir of a hardscrabble Texas childhood “one of the best books ever written about growing up in America.”
In 1925, the Book Review raved about the “sensitive” love poems and “piercing” satire from a young star of the Harlem Renaissance.
The paper’s rich literary tradition can be traced back to its very first issue on Sept. 18, 1851.

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