The Book Review

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The world's top authors and critics join host John Williams 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.

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Sensing the World Anew Through Other Species
Ed Yong talks about “An Immense World,” and Terry Alford discusses “In the Houses of Their Dead.”
Jackie, Before Marrying Jack
Elisabeth Egan talks about Louis Bayard’s “Jackie & Me,” and Matthew Schneier discusses Paula Byrne’s biography of Barbara Pym.
Tom Perrotta on the Return of Tracy Flick
Perrotta talks about “Tracy Flick Can’t Win,” and Ann Leary discusses “The Foundling.”
One Island, Two Men and Lots of Big Questions
Karen Jennings talks about her new novel, “An Island,” and Phil Klay discusses “Uncertain Ground.”
Remembering the ‘Great Stewardess Rebellion’
Nell McShane Wulfhart discusses her new history of a labor movement, and James Kirchick talks about “Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington.”
Brian Morton on ‘Tasha: A Son’s Memoir’
Morton discusses his first work of nonfiction, and Rachel Careau talks about translating “Chéri” and “The End of Chéri,” by Colette.
John Waters Talks About His First Novel
The filmmaker and author’s latest book is “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.”
Hernan Diaz on ‘Trust’ and Money in Fiction
Diaz talks about his second novel, and Paul Fischer discusses “The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures.”
Jennifer Egan Talks About 'The Candy House'
Egan's new novel is a follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Visit From the Goon Squad."
Liana Finck Reimagines the Story of Genesis
Finck talks about “Let There Be Light,” and Jonathan Van Ness discusses “Love That Story.”
Elizabeth Alexander on 'The Trayvon Generation'
Alexander talks about her new book, and Lucasta Miller discusses her biography of Keats.
Fiction About Lives in Ukraine
The critic Jennifer Wilson discusses new books by Yevgenia Belorusets and Andrey Kurkov, and Ben McGrath talks about “Riverman.”

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4.2 out of 5
2919 reviews
Vanessa123456780 2022/06/21
Consistently enjoyable, but where’s Pamela?
It was host John Williams’s choice of “I’m good,” instead of “I’m well,” that prompted this review. I appreciate this mostly-intelligent, weekly...
storyteller/educator 2022/06/16
Timely, diverse, and sort of
This is a good podcast for hearing about new book releases. Much of the show involves interviewing authors so that becomes hit or miss. New authors ...
Old Shlong 2022/06/12
John Waters Pic
Not a review. The picture you have up for John Waters is not John Waters
Susanfriberg 2022/05/22
Thanks for the change…
Book podcasts about contemporary books are a tough thing to pull off in an interesting way. I do love the change to John Williams hosting, and the pr...
twomoonmusic 2022/06/11
A review concern
In the recent Tom Pierota interview he’s asked to detail the workings of the plot and characters so much that I really don’t want to read the book. Al...
Ku21212121 2022/06/05
Disappointing new host
The show has gotten extremely banal ever since Pamela’s departure. I used to look forward to the next episode…I guess all good things come to an end.
itsPeteski 2022/04/30
Pamela Paul v John Williams
It has been a tough couple of weeks. The main culprit is John Williams' fake laugh. He's good in little pieces - but I can’t seem make it through an e...
A listener in Seattle 2022/05/21
Please bring back Pamela Paul
Or find another intelligent, engaging host for the weekly book pod. John Williams has never been much of a critic, and is frankly monotonous. Please...
drogermann 2022/04/13
Out of the Ruins edited by Preston GRASSMANN
I am rating this edition by Preston GRASSMANN in the high range because of his careful selection of stories from a wide range of authors. It doesn’t ...
sslp41 2022/04/11
I need John to slow down please


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