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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher

 

NPR On Books

A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0400
This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation. 
Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400
There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 30, 2014  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 -0400
A museum owner's daughter and an immigrant photographer fall for each other in Alice Hoffman's The Museum of Extraordinary Things. It appears at No. 6. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 30, 2014  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 -0400
Comedian Jim Gaffigan shares his offbeat love affair with American junk food in Food. It debuts at No. 12. 
NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 30, 2014  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 -0400
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 30, 2014  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400
In Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her story of falling ill to a rare autoimmune disease, and the difficulties doctors had it diagnosing it. The book appears at No. 7. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 30, 2014  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400
Samantha Kofer goes from Wall Street lawyer to an unpaid legal aid intern in John Grisham's Gray Mountain. It debuts at No. 1. 
Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:52 -0400
"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now. 
Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:00 -0400
Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding. 
Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance!  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400
Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature. 
'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:20:00 -0400
Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans. 
I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400
Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket. 
The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400
Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy. 
Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0400
From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier. 
Book Review: 'Belzhar' By Meg Wolitzer  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:38:17 -0400
Novelist Gabrielle Zelvin reviews Meg Wolitzer's new young adult book, Belzhar