Doctors prescribing books

I love, love this idea. Not that novels can cure everything, of course. But pills sure don't either. There are real illnesses, which should be getting real medical treatment. But too many people consult for something closer to existential malaise, and the secret to fixing that problem is, more often than not, already within each of us. It's only a matter of finding it and unlocking it. And hey, if reading the right novel helps, why not? At worst, you'll still be morose but marginally less of a cultural ignoramus.

How to scare your kids and why

Parenting advice from the Obamas