Stories Not for the Nervous

Ghost stories for Halloween – or anytime.  Alfred Hitchcock edited a collection of scary tales – short stories, novelettes, and a novel – in the 1965 Stories Not for the Nervous that includes “various tomes of terror, sagas of suspense…groupings of grue…” from the master of suspense.  From a futuristic Twilight Zone short story by Ray Bradbury to a complete novel – “Sorry, Wrong Number” – the collection will have you looking over your shoulder and turning on all the lights.

I found this classic through the Dave Eggers interview in the New York Times book review section.  Eggers wrote one of my favorite nonfiction books – Zeitoun. When interviewed for By the Book,  Eggers admitted to “reading ghost stories and having a blast {when he} found a collection Hitchcock edited.”

Perfect for Halloween or anytime you are looking for old-fashioned scary fun.

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National Book Award Winners 2011

National Book Award Winners for this year were announced at a ceremony hosted last night in Manhattan by John Lithgow:

Award for Young People’s Literature: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Award for Nonfiction: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt – “how a 15th century book lover was the catalyst for the Renaissance’s rediscovery of classicism.”

Award for Fiction: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward – “12 days in the life of a poor African American family attempting to weather Hurricane Katrina in coastal Mississippi.”

Award for Poetry: Head Off and Split by Nicky Finney