Let's Talk About 'Demon Copperhead'
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by The New York Times
4d ago
Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Demon Copperhead,” a riff on “David Copperfield” that moves Charles Dickens’s story to contemporary Appalachia and grapples engagingly with topics from poverty to ambition to opioid addiction, was one of the Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2022. And — unlike an actual copperhead — “Demon Copperhead” has legs: Many readers have told us it was their favorite book in 2023 as well. In this week’s spoiler-filled episode, MJ Franklin talks with Elisabeth Egan (an editor at the Book Review) and Anna Dubenko, the Times’s newsroom audience director, about their reactions to K ..read more
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4 Early-Year Book Recommendations
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by The New York Times
1w ago
The early part of a year can mean new books to read, or it can mean catching up on older ones we haven’t gotten to yet. This week, Gilbert Cruz chats with the Book Review’s Sarah Lyall and Sadie Stein about titles from both categories that have held their interest lately, including a 2022 biography of John Donne, a book about female artists who nurtured an interest in the supernatural, and the history of a Jim Crow-era mental asylum, along with a gripping new novel by Janice Hallett. “It’s just so deft,” Stein says of Hallett’s new thriller, “The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels.” “It’s ..read more
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'Killers of the Flower Moon': Book and Movie Discussion
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by The New York Times
2w ago
As David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon" continues to sit near the top of the bestseller list, former New York Times film critic (now a critic-at-large for the Book Review) joins host Gilbert Cruz to talk both the book and Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated film adaptation.  Spoilers abound for both versions. (Also, for history ..read more
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Talking the Joys and Rules of Open Marriage
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by The New York Times
3w ago
Molly Roden Winter and her husband, Stewart, have been married for 24 years. But since 2008, by mutual agreement, they have also dated other people — an arrangement that Winter details in her new memoir, “More: A Memoir of Open Marriage.” In this week’s episode, The Times’s Sarah Lyall chats with Winter about her book, her marriage and why she decided to go public. “I didn’t see any representations of either people who were still successfully married after having opened it up or people who were honest about how hard it was,” Winter says. “The stories that were coming out were either, ‘Oh, we t ..read more
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Our Early 2024 Book Preview
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by The New York Times
1M ago
It's gonna be a busy spring! On this week’s episode, Gilbert Cruz talks with Tina Jordan and Joumana Khatib about some of the upcoming books they’re anticipating most keenly over the next several months. Books discussed in this week’s episode: “Knife,” by Salman Rushdie “James,” by Percival Everett “The Book of Love,” by Kelly Link “Martyr,” by Kaveh Akbar “The Demon of Unrest,” by Erik Larson “The Hunter,” by Tana French “Wandering Stars,” by Tommy Orange “Anita de Monte Laughs Last,” by Xochitl Gonzalez “Splinters,” by Leslie Jamison “Neighbors and Other Stories,” by Diane Oliver “Funny Stor ..read more
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Steven Soderbergh on His Year in Reading
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by Hosted by Gilbert Cruz
1M ago
Every January on his website Extension765.com, the prolific director Steven Soderbergh looks back at the previous year and posts a day-by-day account of every movie and TV series watched, every play attended and every book read. In 2023, Soderbergh tackled more than 80 (!) books, and on this week's episode, he and the host Gilbert Cruz talk about some of his highlights.  Here are the books discussed on this week’s episode: "How to Live: A Life of Montaigne," by Sarah Bakewell "Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining,'" by Lee Unkrich and J.W. Rinzler "Cocktails with George and Martha," by Philip G ..read more
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Our Critics' Year in Reading
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by The New York Times
2M ago
The Times’s staff book critics — Dwight Garner, Jennifer Szalai and Alexandra Jacobs — do a lot of reading over the course of any given year, but not everything they read stays with them equally. On this week’s podcast, Gilbert Cruz chats with the critics about the books that did: the novels and story collections and works of nonfiction that made an impression in 2023 and defined their year in reading, including one that Garner says caught him by surprise. “Eleanor Catton’s ‘Birnam Wood’ is in some ways my novel of the year,” Garner says. “And it’s not really my kind of book. This is going to ..read more
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10 Best Books of 2023
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by The New York Times
3M ago
It’s that time of year: After months of reading, arguing and (sometimes) happily agreeing, the Book Review’s editors have come up with their picks for the 10 Best Books of 2023. On this week’s podcast, Gilbert Cruz reveals the chosen titles — five fiction, five nonfiction — and talks with some of the editors who participated in the process. Here are the books discussed on this week’s episode: “The Bee Sting,” by Paul Murray “Chain-Gang All-Stars,” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah “Eastbound,” by Maylis de Kerangal “The Fraud,” by Zadie Smith “North Woods,” by Daniel Mason “The Best Minds,” by Jonat ..read more
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Talking Barbra Streisand and Rebecca Yarros
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by The New York Times
3M ago
Book Review reporter Alexandra Alter discusses two of her recent pieces. The first is about Georgette Heyer, the "queen of Regency romance," and recent attempts to posthumously revise one of her most famous works in order to remove stereotypical language. The second looks at Rebecca Yarros, author of one of this year's most surprising and persistent bestsellers: the "romantasy" novel "Fourth Wing."   Then, staff critic Alexandra Jacobs joins Book Review editor Gilbert Cruz to discuss her review of Barbra Streisand's epic memoir, "My Name is Barbra ..read more
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Happy Halloween: Scary Book Recommendations
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by The New York Times
4M ago
You don’t need Halloween to justify reading scary books, any more than you need sand to justify reading a beach novel. But the holiday does give editors here a handy excuse to talk about some of their favorite spooky reads. On this week’s episode, the host Gilbert Cruz talks with his colleagues Tina Jordan and Sadie Stein about the enduring appeal of ghost stories, Gothic novels and other scary books. Titles discussed: “Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death,” by Deborah Blum “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” by Ray Bradbury “Rebecca,” by Daphne d ..read more
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