Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Oct. 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.
From the Pits of Insanity to the Cliffs of Despair, the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" became a kind of comedy cult favorite. British actor Cary Elwes starred along with Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin in the fairy-tale adventure that didn't really gain a following until it was released on VHS. Now he's released a new book on the experience, "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride."
We've read this story before: the contentious interview with the representative of the Swedish Academy, followed by the awarding of the Nobel Prize in literature to a European writer, largely unknown in the United States, who specializes in work that is small, interior, elliptical. Six years ago, it was Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio; this time, it is Patrick Modiano, author of more than 30 books, although only about a third have been translated into English.
Richard Flanagan is the 2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize for his novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North." The award, worth about $85,000, was announced Tuesday at a gala ceremony in London and broadcast by the BBC.
The idle pleasures of summer reading become sweet memories as the mornings grow progressively more chilly and the leaves begin to change colors. With another fall comes the second seasonal wave of new titles from the $27-billion-a-year books industry, the most exciting time of the year for devoted readers.
Facebook recently announced it is implementing new steps to improve its research procedures. One of them is incorporating education on "research practices" into the training program that all engineers go through when they join the company.
Moviegoers have learned much from "The Princess Bride": Never to get involved in a land war in Asia, of course, and never to go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line. And perhaps most of all, never to count out the enduring appeal of the swashbuckling fantasy-comedy that first hit theaters 27 years ago.