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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


NYT Book News

ArtsBeat: Look, Up in the Sky! (For Price of Superman Debut Comic to Be Auctioned on eBay)  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:31 GMT
Action Comics No. 1, featuring the debut of Superman, will be auctioned on eBay next month.

Board Books Roundup II — Family and Other Animals  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:49 GMT
New board books include Karen Blair’s “Baby Animal Farm” and Yusuke Yonezu’s “Rainbow Chameleon.”

James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:30:54 GMT
Mr. Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and political scientist, wrote voluminously about the nature of leadership in general and the presidency in particular.

ArtsBeat: Giving Another Debut Author the Colbert Bump  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:59:51 GMT
Stephen Colbert, whose endorsement of the Hachette author Edan Lepucki, helped sales of her book “California,” has now singled out “Sweetness #9,” by Stephan Eirik Clark.

Books of The Times: Catherine Lacey’s Melancholy ‘Nobody Is Ever Missing’  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:57:48 GMT
In Catherine Lacey’s novel “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” a woman abruptly flees her life in New York and flies to New Zealand, where she has one surreal encounter after another.

Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:02 GMT
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.

Curt Gentry, 83, Co-Author of ‘Helter Skelter,’ Dies  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:34:49 GMT
Mr. Gentry’s books ranged from the Manson murders to J. Edgar Hoover to the madams of San Francisco.

Books of The Times: ‘Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves’  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:33:37 GMT
“Do Not Sell at Any Price,” by Amanda Petrusich, and “Dust & Grooves,” by Eilon Paz, look at people who are obsessive about collecting old records.

Books: 'Proof' Drinks in the Science of Alcohol  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:15:50 GMT
A study of alcohol — its manufacture and consumption — highlights its reliance on good chemistry and the magical process of fermentation that turns sugars into intoxicating drinks.

Room for Debate: Does Poetry Matter?  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:21:34 GMT
Sunday's New York Times Book Review featured several new collections of poems. But does poetry matter? Is it relevant?

ArtsBeat: The Baffler Puts Its Archive Online  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:01:13 GMT
The acerbic left-wing magazine has made all of its 25 back issues available online for the first time.

Books of The Times: ‘Lucky Us’ by Amy Bloom, a Tale of the 1940s  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:50:43 GMT
In “Lucky Us,” the novelist Amy Bloom describes the improvised passage through the 1940s by two half sisters, their father and loves.

Amazon Unveils E-Book Subscription Service, With Some Notable Absences  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:27:40 GMT
The Internet retailer is entering a competitive field, but is bundling its audiobook library into the service for a decided edge.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Life of Clare Boothe Luce  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:47:18 GMT
Sylvia Jukes Morris discusses “Price of Fame.”

ArtsBeat: Poetry Profiles: Four Way Books  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:37:47 GMT
Martha Rhodes discusses the publisher’s work.

ArtsBeat: North Carolina’s New Poet Laureate Bows Out  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:41:07 GMT
After facing criticism from other poets, North Carolina’s poet laureate resigned, less than a week after her appointment.