Start a new chapter in your life and read a book. And we mean a book, an actual paper and typeface and dustjacket tome. We do not mean reading on a Kindle or one of those annoying hand-held things that takes photos, makes and takes phone calls, prepares dinner, burps babies and reminds you it’s time to go potty.
“Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever” ($26)
From the Director of the National Economic Council under George W. Bush comes an audacious and desperately needed primer on how America’s Ruling Class has upended the Constitution and taken over our country—and how we must unite to regain control of our liberty. Our government finances are out of control, our basic infrastructure is broken, and education is unaffordable and mediocre. We can stop this—but to do so we must unite. Author Lawrence Lindsey lays out his plan for how we can use common sense to change the way our country is run. Finally, here is the truth from a Washington insider about how to reawaken the spirit upon which America was founded.
“The Fever of 1721:The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics” ($28) The tome recounts the little-known year when the fever of revolution and the fever of disease in Boston changed the course of American history. In 1721 a combination of historic events—Boston’s largest smallpox epidemic and the ensuing debate over the practice of inoculation, political uprising with Boston ousting its royal governor, and the first free press in the colonies—resulted in an explosive year that prefigured the events of 1776.
“The Anatomy of Greatness: Lessons from the Best Golf Swings” ($30) Popular Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee explores the common swing positions of the greatest players throughout history—and reveals how those commonalities can help players of every skill level improve our own games. He also debunks a number of popular—but misguided—swing philosophies that have been hindering golfers for years. The result is perhaps the best and clearest explanation of how to hit a golf ball ever published.
“The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe” ($28) She’s famously known as the author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but few know the exciting story of Howe’s turbulent marriage, her fabulous travels, her scandalous poetry and secret novel, and above all, her triumphant postwar role as a leader of the women’s suffrage movement. In literary critic and author Elaine Showalter’s biography, Howe emerges as a deeply complex woman, full of personality and ambition; a refreshing portrait of one of this country’s rarely-discussed early feminist.
“Two If By Sea” ($25.99) Jacquelyn Mitchard’s latest is an epic story of courage, devotion, and the strength and meaning of family. It follows American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy. Just hours after his wife perishes in Brisbane’s Christmas Eve tsunami, a reeling Frank joins the local rescue effort. While on patrol, he saves a young boy trapped in a submerged car just before his mother and brother are tragically swept away. Frank immediately feels something for the boy that he can’t quite understand, and rather than bring him to the proper authorities, he adopts Ian as his own. The Frank starts to believe that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift—and he’s sure danger lurks because of it.