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The Book Review

The Book Review

The Book Review

357 podcast episodes


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.

Episodes1 - 10 of 357 episodes


A Heartbreaking Novel About Mothers, Daughters and Secrets

The latest pick for Group Text, our monthly column for readers and book clubs, is Esthe...

56 minutes
Jul 23, 2021

S.A. Cosby on 'Razorblade Tears'

On this week’s podcast, S.A. Cosby says that a writer friend once told him: “I think yo...

58 minutes
Jul 16, 2021

The Lives of Flies

The subtitle of Jonathan Balcombe’s new book, “Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the W...

44 minutes
Jul 09, 2021

An Outsider Finds Suspense in Hollywood

The actress and thriller writer Catherine Steadman visits the podcast this week to talk...

58 minutes
Jul 02, 2021

Clint Smith on ‘How the Word Is Passed’

Clint Smith’s “How the Word Is Passed” is about how places in the United States reckon ...

73 minutes
Jun 25, 2021

George Packer on Our Divided America

In his new book, “Last Best Hope,” George Packer describes “Four Americas,” and the ten...

58 minutes
Jun 18, 2021

A More Perfect Union

“The Engagement,” by Sasha Issenberg, recounts the complex and chaotic chain reaction t...

62 minutes
Jun 11, 2021

Reimagining the Aftermath of a Wartime Attack

Francis Spufford’s new novel, “Light Perpetual,” is rooted in a real event: the rocket ...

49 minutes
Jun 04, 2021

A Desperate Writer Steals 'The Plot'

Jake Bonner, the protagonist of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s “The Plot,” writes a novel based ...

64 minutes
May 28, 2021

Maggie O’Farrell on ‘Hamnet’

Maggie O’Farrell’s “Hamnet,” one of last year’s most widely acclaimed novels, imagines ...

56 minutes
May 21, 2021