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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.

The Book Review The New York Times

    • Arts
    • 4.2 • 3K Ratings

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.

    Roaring Through Paris With ‘Kiki Man Ray’

    Roaring Through Paris With ‘Kiki Man Ray’

    Mark Braude talks about his new biography of the singer, model, writer and muse.

    • 29 min
    Poems in Practice and in Theory

    Poems in Practice and in Theory

    Elisa Gabbert talks about her poetry criticism and her own poems, and Ian Johnson discusses Wang Xiaobo’s novel “Golden Age.”

    • 43 min
    Chaos Among Spies After the Berlin Wall Crumbles

    Chaos Among Spies After the Berlin Wall Crumbles

    Dan Fesperman talks about his new thriller, “Winter Work,” and Isaac Fitzgerald discusses his memoir, “Dirtbag, Massachusetts.”

    • 53 min
    Diana Goetsch on ‘This Body I Wore’

    Diana Goetsch on ‘This Body I Wore’

    Goetsch talks about her new memoir, and CJ Hauser discusses “The Crane Wife.”

    • 55 min
    ‘Son of Elsewhere’ Recounts Life as a Young Immigrant

    ‘Son of Elsewhere’ Recounts Life as a Young Immigrant

    Elamin Abdelmahmoud talks about his new memoir, and Sally Denton discusses “The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land.”

    • 57 min
    Alice Elliott Dark on ‘Fellowship Point’

    Alice Elliott Dark on ‘Fellowship Point’

    Dark talks about her new novel, and Katherine Chen discusses “Joan,” her fictional imagining of Joan of Arc.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

Vanessa123456780 ,

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 dose of timely literary critique, despite time poverty having long since made impossible my devouring of a novel in a form other than audio.
Occasionally, a book choice seems inferior, such as the one the author of which (Jami Attenberg) said she’d written books while couchsurfing and the subtitle of which sounded like a version of “Chicken Soup for the Beach Reading Writer’s Soul.” How can a novel properly gestate in this environment?
Pamela Paul is one of a short list of female podcast hosts I respect for her unpretentious competence, which is probably at least partially a product of her relative seniority among the podcasting set. I hope her apparent hiatus is just that.

MusicLoverRecommendation ,

‘Hiatus’

This - NYT Book Review - podcast is/has been one of the best and most thought provoking and fun podcasts extant. I am dismayed by the turnover and the inability (unwillingness?) to retain top talent.
After a long and fantastically successful run with Pamela Paul, is ‘Books’ now adrift?

Tayvallich ,

How Can You???

Get rid of my favorite podcast? Please say it’s not true. Surely there must be someone who can pick up after the dreadful John Williams. He may be a great auditor & critic but he is an awful podcast host.

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