The Book Review

The Book Review

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The world's top authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.


'Gorbachev: His Life and Times'  

William Taubman discusses his biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, and N. K. Jemisin talks about reading, writing and reviewing science fiction and fantasy.

An American Abroad  

Suzy Hansen discusses “Notes on a Foreign Country,” and David Thomson talks about “Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio.”

The Joys of Children’s Literature  

Bruce Handy talks about “Wild Things,” and Adrian Owen discusses “Into the Gray Zone.”

Analyzing Freud  

George Prochnik discusses “Freud,” and Nancy MacLean talks about “Democracy in Chains.”

New Books About Parenting  

Judith Newman discusses new parenting books, and Bill Goldstein talks about “The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature.”

Amy Schumer on ‘Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo’  

Amy Schumer discusses her memoir, and Gregory Cowles talks about the Book Review's special poetry issue.

'Lights On, Rats Out'  

Cree LeFavour talks about her new memoir, and Andrew Sean Greer discusses his new novel, "Less."

Steve Bannon's Road to the White House  

Joshua Green talks about “Devil’s Bargain”; Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses “The Fact of a Body”; and Laura Dassow Walls on her new biography of Thoreau.

The World of Jane Austen Fans  

Deborah Yaffe talks about “Among the Janeites,” and Robert Ferguson discusses “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.”

The History of the London Zoo  

Isobel Charman discusses "The Zoo," and R. L. Stine talks about scary stories for children.

Silk on a Stick  

Aaron Retica talks about Tim Marshall’s “A Flag Worth Dying For,” and Jill Eisenstadt discusses her new novel, “Swell.”

'The Boy Who Loved Too Much'  

Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.

China's World  

Howard W. French talks about “Everything Under the Heavens,” and Judith Newman discusses new books about how to grieve and how to die.

Al Franken on Life in the Senate  

Franken discusses his new political memoir; Thomas E. Ricks talks about “Churchill and Orwell”; and Dav Pilkey on the movie adaptation of “Captain Underpants” and more.

David Sedaris Talks About His Diaries  

Sedaris discusses "Theft by Finding," and Christopher Knowlton talks about "Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West."

Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution  

Mike Rapport discusses "The Unruly City," and Dan Egan talks about "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes."

Joshua Ferris on ‘The Dinner Party’  

Ferris talks about his new collection of stories, and Jonathan Taplin discusses “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.”

Elizabeth Warren on Fighting for the Middle Class  

Elizabeth Warren talks about “This Fight Is Our Fight,” and Doree Shafrir discusses her debut novel, “Startup.”

Gabourey Sidibe and Neil deGrasse Tyson  

Gabourey Sidibe talks about her memoir, "This Is Just My Face," and Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry."

Sheryl Sandberg on Life After Tragedy  

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant talk about “Option B,” and Annie Jacobsen discusses “Phenomena.”

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