NY Times Books

Bookshelf: Books About New York and the Underground Railroad, and Urban Upheaval

January 23, 2015 - 1:52pm
A book by a Columbia University historian on New York’s integral role in the Underground Railroad, and another which invokes artistic expression to vividly recreate a gritty and pivotal era of urban tumult.

‘Modernity Britain: 1957-1962,’ by David Kynaston

January 23, 2015 - 10:06am
David Kynaston’s multivolume history of postwar Britain continues in this tapestry of political, socioeconomic and cultural change.

Open Book: Immersive History

January 23, 2015 - 10:06am
David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.

The Shortlist: ‘The Greatest Knight,’ by Thomas Asbridge, and More

January 23, 2015 - 10:05am
New books about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell and more.

Esther Freud’s ‘Mr. Mac and Me’

January 23, 2015 - 10:05am
In Esther Freud’s novel, an artistic boy befriends the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914.

Ben Metcalf’s ‘Against the Country’

January 23, 2015 - 10:04am
Ben Metcalf’s novel, set in Virginia, takes issue with the American idealization of the back-to-the-land life.

‘The Season of Migration,’ by Nellie Hermann

January 23, 2015 - 9:39am
A novel of van Gogh’s anguished time in Belgium.

‘Van Gogh,’ by Julian Bell

January 23, 2015 - 9:39am
Julian Bell looks at van Gogh’s brief, explosively creative life.

‘Offcomer,’ by Jo Baker

January 23, 2015 - 9:38am
The protagonist of Jo Baker’s first novel is an Oxford graduate working at a Belfast pub.

Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’

January 23, 2015 - 9:37am
In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.

Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us

January 23, 2015 - 9:37am
Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.

‘When Books Went to War,’ by Molly Guptill Manning

January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
In World War II, books helped lift the spirits of the troops.

‘The Match Girl and the Heiress,’ by Seth Koven

January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
A story of activists and unlikely soulmates in Victorian London.

‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ by Anita Anand

January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
The life of a suffragist daughter of an exiled maharajah.

‘There Was and There Was Not,’ by Meline Toumani

January 23, 2015 - 9:32am
An Armenian-American moves to Turkey to investigate a history of tense relations.

‘Once Upon a Time,’ by Marina Warner

January 23, 2015 - 9:32am
Marina Warner explores the history and enduring power of fairy tales.

‘Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye,’ by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

January 23, 2015 - 9:31am
Mourning her father’s death, the author undertakes a pilgrimage to Japan’s great Buddhist temples.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

January 23, 2015 - 9:18am
Ms. Leovy discusses “Ghettoside,” Patton Oswalt talks about his new memoir and Anita Shapira discusses “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel.”

‘Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!,’ by Nicholas Carlson

January 23, 2015 - 9:13am
In 2012, Marissa Mayer was tasked with reversing the fortunes of a struggling Internet pioneer.

‘The Forgotten Depression,’ by James Grant

January 23, 2015 - 9:03am
Looking at the depression of 1921.