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Where Adventures Lead Us: ‘Louisa May Alcott: A Child’s Biography’
Where Adventures Lead Us: ‘Louisa May Alcott: A Child’s Biography’
Some people journey far from home to seek adventure, while others wait for adventures to come softly upon them. In her short story, "Louisa May Alcott: A Child's ...
02-6-2023
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Feb. 3–9
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Feb. 3–9
This week, we feature a no-nonsense manual for the young approaching life after school and a roadmap for Americans to reject the path of socialism. Fiction A Debut ...
02-3-2023
Book Review: ‘Post-Roman Kingdoms: ‘Dark Ages’ Gaul & Britain, AD 450-800’
Book Review: ‘Post-Roman Kingdoms: ‘Dark Ages’ Gaul & Britain, AD 450-800’
When the Goths sacked Rome in A.D. 410, it marked the end of the Western Roman Empire and the beginning of what became known as the Dark Ages. ...
01-31-2023
Laura E. Richards’s ‘The Golden Windows’: Finding What’s Truly Important
Laura E. Richards’s ‘The Golden Windows’: Finding What’s Truly Important
When we journey out to discover something, we do not always find what we wish or think we need. When the little boy in Laura E. Richards's short ...
01-29-2023
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Jan. 27–Feb. 2
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Jan. 27–Feb. 2
This week, we feature a children’s adventure about a battle against an evil rat and an inspiring play about Romans taking on power-hungry Caesar. Fiction A Navy SEAL’s ...
01-27-2023
Book Review: ‘Defeating Big Government Socialism: Saving America’s Future’
Book Review: ‘Defeating Big Government Socialism: Saving America’s Future’
Some of my previous book reviews have included Peter Schweizer’s “Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” Alex Joske’s “Spies and Lies: How China’s Greatest Covert ...
01-25-2023
The Incidental Agent: How Former Gossip Columnist Doug Dechert Became a Can’t-Miss Literary Agent
The Incidental Agent: How Former Gossip Columnist Doug Dechert Became a Can’t-Miss Literary Agent
Doug Dechert is a force of nature. His personality is as loud and bombastic as his blazers. After spending a decade writing for the famed Page Six gossip ...
01-25-2023
‘The Paris Library: A Novel’: An American Library in Paris Filled With Heroes
‘The Paris Library: A Novel’: An American Library in Paris Filled With Heroes
In “The Paris Library,” Janet Skeslien Charles gives us Odile Souchet, a young French woman who in the winter of 1939 follows her love of literature straight into ...
01-22-2023
Book Review: ‘Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands From the Taliban’
Book Review: ‘Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands From the Taliban’
The decision to exit Afghanistan was one that was discussed, haggled over, and planned for years. The disgraceful method in which the exit was conducted made it seem ...
01-21-2023
Book Review: ‘Letter to the American Church’: Do Not Submit to Evil
Book Review: ‘Letter to the American Church’: Do Not Submit to Evil
In his best-selling book “Letter to the American Church,” author and radio talk show host Eric Metaxas demonstrates “tough love” to his Christian brethren. Like the Apostle Paul’s ...
01-20-2023
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Jan. 20–26
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Jan. 20–26
This week, we feature a history of the Battle of Midway, Mark Twain’s tribute to a saint, and a children’s story on the serenity of a snowfall. Fiction ...
01-20-2023
Is Your Life a Career or a Mission?
Is Your Life a Career or a Mission?
In “Live Life in Crescendo: Your Most Important Work Is Always Ahead of You,” Stephen Covey set out to answer questions such as “How can you pull yourself ...
01-19-2023
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Finding the Child Within
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Finding the Child Within
My 3-year-old niece loves collecting trash. Whether it's a piece of shiny plastic, a discarded box, or a pinecone she found outside, she becomes very upset when you ...
01-18-2023
Book Review: ‘Art of the Chicken: A Master Chef’s Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird’: Painting Wonderful Recipes
Book Review: ‘Art of the Chicken: A Master Chef’s Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird’: Painting Wonderful Recipes
A fair portion of my pantry shelves are devoted to cookbooks. One of my favorite French chefs is Jacques Pépin, and I have several of his. He has ...
01-17-2023
Ingredients for a Simple Life: Arnold Bennett’s Short Story, ‘Hot Potatoes’
Ingredients for a Simple Life: Arnold Bennett’s Short Story, ‘Hot Potatoes’
The shame we occasionally feel over our simple and sometimes odd ways is often misplaced. When we embrace these simple ways, we can face life with humility and ...
01-17-2023
When the Little House on the Prairie Met Disaster
When the Little House on the Prairie Met Disaster
Life on Plum Creek that June of 1875 looked bright as a new penny to Charles Ingalls, his wife Caroline, and their three young daughters. For months, the ...
01-15-2023
Book Review: ‘At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse’
Book Review: ‘At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse’
Walt Larimore and Mike Yorkey have written a masterful retelling of a heroic life. “At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, ...
01-13-2023
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Jan. 13–19
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for Jan. 13–19
This week, we feature the first novel of an iconic fictional spy and a fascinating analysis of the world economy’s most indispensable inventions. Fiction James Bond’s Grand Entrance ...
01-13-2023
“Team of Rivals”: How Lincoln Chose His Cabinet Based on Their Strengths—Even Were They Opponents
“Team of Rivals”: How Lincoln Chose His Cabinet Based on Their Strengths—Even Were They Opponents
Although a hefty read at 916 pages, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” is not scholarly. Yet the size of this prize-winning book conveys the ...
01-13-2023
Book Recommendation: ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List’: A Bucket List for Book Lovers
Book Recommendation: ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List’: A Bucket List for Book Lovers
I’ve mentioned before that I am a bibliophile. I like to read and I like to collect books—not as a hoarder, although my overflowing bookshelves might say otherwise. ...
01-12-2023
The Masculinity Message in ‘The Lord of the Rings’
The Masculinity Message in ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Having read numbers of classic books, my friends are often surprised to hear that I had never read J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. “You have ...
01-11-2023
Book Review: ‘The Siege of Loyalty House: A Story of the English Civil War’: Raising Arms Against Royalty
Book Review: ‘The Siege of Loyalty House: A Story of the English Civil War’: Raising Arms Against Royalty
Following the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, in September 2022, Charles III became king of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth realms. At age 73, ...
01-10-2023