Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Books, Ayn Rand & Other Book News (Oct 29 2016)

Prison paradox: Texas jail authorities ban 15,000 books… but allow Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’

Lovecraft resurgent
Lovecraft’s influence stands behind many of the key cultural icons of modern Gothic and horror. There would be no Alien series without him, no Species, none of those David Cronenberg body horrors, no Clive Barker, and no Pan’s Labyrinth. (Director Guillermo del Toro has long harboured ambitions to make a block-buster film of At the Mountains of Madness, the last attempt pipped at the post by Ridley Scott’s awful Prometheus.) There is also a whole post-millennial style of fiction, called ‘The New Weird’, which would be impossible without Lovecraft.

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9 New Books to Read for a Historical Halloween
New books offer stories about the undead, the Salem Witch Trials and Jack the Ripper
It’s not Halloween without a few ghost stories. Readers who are keen to get their spook on this December can choose from a wide range of new books about witches, ghosts and murderers from the past, from biographies of two great horror writers to historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials and Jack the Ripper.

The Latest and Best in Horror

Suggestions on how to make books a part of Halloween fun

Using a Kindle for textbooks

Children’s Halloween books that are a real treat

How George Orwell predicted Brexit

Silicon Valley’s Most Disturbing Obsession
erhaps the most influential figure in the industry, after all, isn’t Steve Jobs or Sheryl Sandberg, but rather Ayn Rand. Jobs’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has suggested that Atlas Shrugged was one of Jobs’s “guides in life.” For a time, Kalanick’s Twitter avatar featured the cover of The Fountainhead. Peter Thiel, whose dissatisfaction with a Gawker story led him to underwrite a lawsuit that eventually killed off the site, and who made the outré decision to publicly support Donald Trump, is also a self-described Rand devotee.

Creep The Hell Out Of Your Kids With Stephen King’s New Children’s Book

New book highlights true crime from Tri-State area
Written by 17 regional authors and compiled and edited by authors/editors James M. Gifford and Edwina Pendarvis, "Appalachian Murders & Mysteries: True Stories From West Virginia, Kentucky and Southern Ohio," is now available.

The great Tudor Bible myth
To this day many believe that the Catholic Church refused to give people the Bible and religious instruction in English

7 Stephen King Novels Even Scarier Than The Movies

Six New Thrillers for Fall

Barnes & Noble's answer to the Kindle Paperwhite is fully waterproof

Haunted Houses Are About More Than Just Ghosts
GHOSTLAND-An American History in Haunted Places

Top 5 Best E-Readers in 2016

Six Centuries of Madness: An Asylum’s History

New True-Crime Books for Fall

Prison Book-Banning Policies Called Arbitrary and Self-Serving

The Summer's Most Unread Book Is…
A simple index drawn from e-books shows which best sellers are going unread (we're looking at you, Piketty).

Shirley Jackson: the US queen of gothic horror claims her literary crown
Ignored by critics during her lifetime, the Haunting of Hill House author is now recognised as a great American novelist

Why I’m Suing Vanderbilt University - Joe Bob Briggs on the trouble with studying English lit.

Booktober: 6 spooky new books in time for Halloween

31 Spooky Books to Read This Halloween

New Springville Barnes & Noble to host true crime author panel

True Allegiance is an upcoming political thriller written by conservative commentator and author Ben Shapiro.
As I read True Allegiance, I could not help but see the parallels between this novel and that of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The novel details the perils of a politically correct government that refuses to acknowledge the malignant elements within its country: a president only concerned with his legacy despite imminent terror threats, a police force which kowtows to extreme racial sensitivity, environmental regulations pushing ranchers into desperation, and a governor protecting his border to the dismay of the federal government.

Best Selling NONFICTION Books from

1. KILLING THE RISING SUN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the final years of World War II.

2. BORN TO RUN, by Bruce Springsteen. The singer-songwriter's autobiography.

3. FILTHY RICH, by James Patterson and John Connolly with Tim Malloy. The story of a South Florida financier convicted of soliciting sex from underage girls.

4. HILLBILLY ELEGY, by J.D. Vance. A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood in the Rust Belt.

5. LOVE WARRIOR, by Glennon Doyle Melton. After her husband confesses to multiple infidelities, a woman struggles to grow — and so does he.

6. HUNGRY HEART, by Jennifer Weiner. The novelist's memoir.

7. THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO, by Amy Schumer. Humorous personal essays by the comedian, actor and writer.

8. HERO OF THE EMPIRE, by Candice Millard. The young Winston Churchill's adventures in Africa during the Boer War, including an escape from captivity in 1899.

9. A LIFE IN PARTS, by Bryan Cranston. The actor discusses his relationships and career.

10. MY OWN WORDS, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. A collection of articles and speeches by the Supreme Court justice.

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