How ‘Goosebumps’ author R.L. Stine became the king of kids’ horror

Stine, 72, opened up about his books, his new film, and a long career of scaring children.

Patrick Kennedy in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington in 2010, when he left his congressional seat.

Patrick Kennedy hopes book draws more attention to mental health issues

“Part of recovery is to tell the story and share the common bond and know we’re not alone in the world,” the former congressman said.

Book review

// ‘Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,’’ by Kate Clifford Larson

In her sturdy, no-frills biography of this forgotten Kennedy, Kate Clifford Larson pulls Rosemary from the shadows.

Short Stack

// ‘The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have,’ by Edward van de Vendel

This fever dream of the 1970s may not induce nostalgia in today’s kids, but it might in their parents.

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‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’ by Colum McCann

Of the themes that thread through some or all of these stories, violence doesn’t seem primary, yet it is undeniably present.


// ‘Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal’ by Jay Parini

Without attempting to whitewash his subject, Parini, who was friends with Vidal, remains intelligently critical throughout.

Book review

‘The Theater of War’ by Bryan Doerries

A new book by Doerries endorses Nietzsche’s notion: Those with the most experience of loss and anguish are best able to offer insights into ancient texts that dramatize such afflictions.


// Bob Mankoff, New Yorker cartoon editor, wants to learn

He’s been the cartoon editor since 1997, the highs and lows of which he recounts in his recent memoir.

The Discovery

// ‘Disrupt Yourself’ by Whitney Johnson

Johnson applies Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation to career development.

In Brief

// A look at four recent nonfiction titles

Capsule reviews of “The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse’’; “The Song Machine’’; “Here and There’’; and “Humans of New York.’’

//[1]-970--90x90.jpg Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize in literature

Alexievich, 67, used the skills of a journalist to create literature chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its collapse.



‘Reclaiming Conversation’ by Sherry Turkle

Is this reliance on smartphone technology damaging our humanity? MIT professor Turkle answers yes, emphatically.

the story behind the book

// Alva Noë on art, perception, and neuroscience

Noë is a professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley, specializing in, as he puts it, the place “where philosophy meets cognitive science or neuroscience.”


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 11-17

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Seven books about...

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The Armenian genocide

Including “The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response” and “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide.”