This holiday season, put away whatever overwrought, commercialized bric-a-brac books you own, and pick up some of the gems listed here.
‘Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals’ may be difficult to describe, but it has what matters most: that vital spark that brings good books alive.
In the book ‘Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall,’ Tim Mohr examines the colorful history of East German punk, an account marred only by some knee-jerk politics.
In ‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story,’ the most sober member of one of rock and roll’s most legendary and destructive bands reflects on his in and out of the Who.
In ‘Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians,’ authors Joe Quirk and Patri Friedman argue that colonizing the oceans points the way forward for humanity.
Nicholas Parisi’s new biography, ‘Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination,’ fails to present a complete picture of the legendary screenwriter who did his best work outside the TV show that made him famous.
Author Daniel J. Flynn’s, ‘Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days that Shook San Francisco,’ is a compelling history that looks at two pivotal events of the 1970s that further woke America up to the realities of hippie idealism.
David Frum’s book, ‘Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,’ raises important questions about the direction that the country is headed under an unprecedented president.
Historian Ben MacIntyre’s new book, ‘The Spy and the Traitor,’ tells the thrilling story of how the KGB’s Oleg Gordievsky helped check the Soviet Union as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan fought communism.
Leah Libresco’s new book, ‘Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name,’ offers lots of practical advice for how you can build and strengthen your Christian communities.
In ‘Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders,’ Reihan Salam says America must make smart investments in alleviating global poverty as it moves toward a more skills-based immigration system.
The famous actress’s new book, ‘Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits,’ could teach us all something about manners.
A new book by Robert Kagan, ‘The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World,’ argues that the liberal world order is unraveling at a frightening pace, hastened in no small measure by its chief custodian and beneficiary.
If the idea of another self-help book leaves you feeling tired before you have even turned one page, try some Jesus-help instead.
In Jay Cost’s latest book, ‘The Price of Greatness,’ the scholar and journalist lays out a compelling analysis of the feud between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison showing that their disagreements resulted in a synthesis of differing opinions that allowed our early republic to thrive.
In Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman’s ‘Free Speech on Campus,’ two liberal academics make an admirable defense of free speech but are ultimately too charitable to the leftist radicals who dominate campus debates.
Karen Swallow Prior’s ‘On Reading Well’ offers some excellent advice for drawing moral lessons from literature, but sometimes great art proves so ambiguous that drawing pat conclusions is difficult.
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