Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Sept. 22–28

Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Sept. 22–28
Dustin Bass
Jeff Minick
Barbara Danza
Anita L. Sherman
This week, we feature an encouraging chronicle that traces the friendship of two Gilded Age politicians and a revealing biography of the political-commentator Tucker Carlson.


‘Tucker’ By Chadwick Moore

Tucker Carlson was in the upper echelons of polarizing cable-news hosts. Then in April, Fox News let him go, leaving millions of Americans in shock. However, the on-screen personality who garners anger and admiration was not silenced. Who is this man off-camera? What motivates his unquestionable drive? Granted open access, the author expounds on Mr. Carlson’s professional and personal life with all its potencies and poignancies. What makes Tucker tick? This narrative gives many answers.

All Seasons Press, 2023, 272 pages


‘The Trackers’ By Charles Frazier

During the Great Depression, Val Welch travels to Wyoming under a New Deal program to paint a mural in a local post office. He bunks down on a ranch owned by the wealthy John Long. When Long’s young wife Eve runs away, he persuades Val to track her down. As he follows clues across the United States, we learn about the miseries of the Depression and Eve’s confusion over what she wants to become in life. Long’s foreman, a rough relic of the Old West, adds color and intrigue to this pursuit.

Ecco, 2023, 336 pages


‘The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts’ By Loren Grush

In 1978, NASA selected 35 new astronauts. Among them were the first six women picked as astronaut candidates. This book tells their story and of the opening years of the Space Shuttle program. It follows each of the six through their early lives to their selection as astronauts, their period as candidates, and their flight careers from 1983 through 1986. Its focus is the glory years of the Shuttle program―1978, when the program started, through 1986.

Scribner, 2023, 432 pages


‘The Rough Rider and the Professor’ By Laurence Jurdem

Can friendship be built and maintained in the highest levels of politics? Mr. Jurdem makes the case by virtue of the relationship of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge―two of the Gilded Age’s most powerful politicians. The author takes these northeastern luminaries from their separate but similar upbringings and demonstrates how these two assisted and encouraged each other through triumphs and tragedies. It is a fine read that touches on the era’s historical moments, but focuses on the men.

Pegasus Books, 2023, 464 pages


‘Peter and Wendy’ By J.M. Barrie

“All children, except one, grow up.” That’s the opener to Barrie’s follow-up novel to his successful play, “Peter Pan.” Here, you’ll find the Lost Boys, the pirates, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook, and so much more. Barrie’s beautiful 1911 narrative fills out and adds deeper perspective to the familiar story. The adventures are all here and so are the whimsey and wisdom that’s missing from the stage or screen. It should appeal to both kids and adults alike, which makes it ideal for a family read.

Independently Published, 2023, 146 pages

For Kids

‘Roxaboxen’ By Alice McLerran and Barbara Cooney

A true story about a real place. Known by the neighborhood kids as Roxaboxen, this scraggly hill across a residential street was littered with stones, wooden boxes, and colorful desert glass. The children built, played, adventured, and imagined—creating homes and shops, and even a town square. A delightful illustration of the magic of childhood.

HarperCollins, 2004, 32 pages
Dustin Bass is an author and co-host of The Sons of History podcast. He also writes two weekly series for The Epoch Times: Profiles in History and This Week in History.
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