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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 • 2.9K 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.

    A Novel About Brilliant Young Game Designers

    A Novel About Brilliant Young Game Designers

    Gabrielle Zevin talks about “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow,” and Morgan Talty discusses “Night of the Living Rez.”

    • 49 min
    Sensing the World Anew Through Other Species

    Sensing the World Anew Through Other Species

    Ed Yong talks about “An Immense World,” and Terry Alford discusses “In the Houses of Their Dead.”

    • 45 min
    Jackie, Before Marrying Jack

    Jackie, Before Marrying Jack

    Elisabeth Egan talks about Louis Bayard’s “Jackie & Me,” and Matthew Schneier discusses Paula Byrne’s biography of Barbara Pym.

    • 47 min
    Tom Perrotta on the Return of Tracy Flick

    Tom Perrotta on the Return of Tracy Flick

    Perrotta talks about “Tracy Flick Can’t Win,” and Ann Leary discusses “The Foundling.”

    • 52 min
    One Island, Two Men and Lots of Big Questions

    One Island, Two Men and Lots of Big Questions

    Karen Jennings talks about her new novel, “An Island,” and Phil Klay discusses “Uncertain Ground.”

    • 53 min
    Remembering the ‘Great Stewardess Rebellion’

    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.”

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K 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.

storyteller/educator ,

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 enjoy talking about themselves; older authors about what they learned.
Pamela Paul is one of the best interviewers in all of media. It feels like she has read each book and has formed her own questions about them.
The folks on the podcast have a drinking game habit of filling their conversations with waves of “sort of”s and “kind of”s to the point of distraction. It must be a quirk of literature reviewers.

Old Shlong ,

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Not a review. The picture you have up for John Waters is not John Waters

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