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The Book Review
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.
October 22, 2021
One Factory and the Bigger Story It Tells
Farah Stockman talks about “American Made,” and Benjamín Labatut discusses “When We Cease to Understand the World.”
October 15, 2021
Thomas Mallon on the Career of Jonathan Franzen
Mallon talks about Franzen’s “Crossroads,” and Joshua Ferris discusses “A Calling for Charlie Barnes.”
October 8, 2021
Andrea Elliott on ‘Invisible Child’
Elliott talks about her new book, and Phoebe Robinson discusses “Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes.”
October 1, 2021
Richard Powers on ‘Bewilderment’
Powers talks about his new novel, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers discusses “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.”
September 24, 2021
Randall Kennedy on 'Say It Loud!'
Kennedy discusses his new essay collection, and Mary Roach talks about “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.”
September 17, 2021
Colson Whitehead on 'Harlem Shuffle'
Whitehead talks about his new novel, and Colm Toibin discusses “The Magician.”
September 10, 2021
Brandon Taylor on the Sally Rooney Phenomenon
Taylor talks about Rooney’s “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” and David Rooney discusses “About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks.”
September 3, 2021
Andrew Sullivan on Being ‘Out on a Limb’
Sullivan talks about his collection of essays, and Leila Slimani discusses “In the Country of Others.”
August 27, 2021
A.O. Scott Talks About William Maxwell
Scott discusses the novelist and story writer, and Eyal Press talks about “Dirty Work.”
August 20, 2021
Life at Seven Miles Below the Sea
Helen Scales talks about “The Brilliant Abyss,” and Rebecca Donner discusses “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days.”
August 13, 2021
Dana Spiotta Talks About ‘Wayward’
Spiotta discusses her latest novel, and Ash Davidson talks about her debut, “Damnation Spring.”
August 6, 2021
Katie Kitamura Talks About ‘Intimacies’
Kitamura discusses her new novel, and James Lapine talks about “Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created ‘Sunday in the Park With George.’”
July 30, 2021
Echoes of a Fairy Tale in a Devastating Novel
Omar El Akkad talks about “What Strange Paradise,” and Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang talk about Facebook and “An Ugly Truth.”
July 23, 2021
A Heartbreaking Novel About Mothers, Daughters and Secrets
Elisabeth Egan talks about Esther Freud’s “I Couldn’t Love You More,” and Philip D’Anieri discusses “The Appalachian Trail.”
July 16, 2021
S.A. Cosby on 'Razorblade Tears'
Cosby discusses his new novel, and Dean Jobb talks about “The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream.”
July 9, 2021
The Lives of Flies
Jonathan Balcombe talks about "Super Fly," and Marjorie Ingall discusses Holocaust literature for children.
July 2, 2021
An Outsider Finds Suspense in Hollywood
The actress and thriller writer Catherine Steadman visits the podcast this week to talk about “The Disappearing Act,” her new suspense novel about the absurdities of Hollywood. Steadman was drawn to the idea of setting a story during pilot season, when actors from all over the world descend on Los Angeles once a year and compete for lead roles in new TV series.“It’s a sort of competitive world where friendships are made really quickly, and people will find their nemesis — someone who looks just like them who keeps snatching away parts from them,” she says. “It’s a very strange atmosphere but it’s very fun. It’s kind of like the Vegas of the acting world. You go there, you cash your chips and you have a roll on the table and see what happens. There’s all these strangers with the same desires and goals, in the same environment, and they really are up against each other. It’s kind of a ‘Hunger Games’ situation.”Michael Dobbs visits the podcast to talk about his new book, “King Richard,” which finds fresh things to say about President Richard Nixon and Watergate. Dobbs discusses writing about a story that’s been told many times, all in the shadow of perhaps the best-known Watergate book, “All the President’s Men,” by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.“That’s the story of two reporters pursing this scandal into the White House and trying to figure out what was going on in the White House,” Dobbs says. “And now 50 years later — because we have access to these extraordinary materials, particularly Nixon’s own tape-recorded conversations — one can tell the story from the inside rather than the outside. We’re never again going to get such an intimate look at a president facing an existential crisis, as it’s possible to get with Richard Nixon.”Also on this week’s episode, Tina Jordan looks back at Book Review history as it celebrates its 125th anniversary, Alexandra Alter has news from the publishing world, and Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai talk about books they’ve recently reviewed. Pamela Paul is the host.Here are the books discussed by the Times’s critics this week:“Wayward” by Dana Spiotta“Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History” by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta
June 25, 2021
Clint Smith on ‘How the Word Is Passed’
Smith discusses his new book about reckoning with the history of slavery, and Julian Rubinstein discusses “The Holly.”
June 18, 2021
George Packer on Our Divided America
Packer talks about "Last Best Hope," and Suzanne Simard discusses "Finding the Mother Tree."
June 11, 2021
A More Perfect Union
Sasha Issenberg talks about “The Engagement,” and J. Hoberman discusses the story of Hollywood as told through 10 books.