Epoch Booklist: Noteworthy Reads

By Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass is the co-host of The Sons of History podcast and an author.
, Anita L. Sherman
Anita L. Sherman
Anita L. Sherman
Anita L. Sherman is an award-winning journalist who has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor for local papers and regional publications in Virginia. She now works as a freelance writer and is working on her first novel. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to four, and she resides in Warrenton, Va. Anita can be reached at anitajustwrite@gmail.com
, Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick has four children and a growing platoon of grandchildren. For 20 years, he taught history, literature, and Latin to seminars of homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C. He is the author of two novels, “Amanda Bell” and “Dust on Their Wings,” and two works of non-fiction, “Learning as I Go” and “Movies Make the Man.” Today, he lives and writes in Front Royal, Va. See JeffMinick.com to follow his blog.
, Annie Holmquist
Annie Holmquist
Annie Holmquist
Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout and the online editor of Chronicles Magazine, both projects of the Charlemagne Institute.
, Jan Jekielek
Jan Jekielek
Jan Jekielek
Senior Editor
Jan Jekielek is a senior editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as website chief editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film "Finding Manny."
and Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza
writer
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.
October 29, 2021 Updated: October 29, 2021

History

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From Liberation to Tyranny

“Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation Into Tyranny”
By Donald T. Critchlow

This short, yet informative read follows the rise of five world leaders who became brutal dictators after promising liberation and democracy. It proves tyranny knows no geographical, racial, or ideological bounds, and shows how each rose to power in a similar fashion.

Regnery History, 2021, 206 pages

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On the Nazis’ Most Wanted List

“A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” 
By Sonia Purnell

Challenged with a prosthetic leg, American-born Virginia Hall was the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines. She was at the heart of the French Resistance. A masterful spy, her story is one of heroism, personal triumphs, dogged persistence, and passion for freedom. Purnell’s account of Hall’s story reads like a fast-paced thriller. Her deeds are on a Homeric level, full of action, adventure, intrigue, and treachery. This read will make you proud. Virginia Hall is an amazing heroine worth knowing.

Viking, 2019, 368 pages

 

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Fiction

Kentucky’s Books and Blues

“The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek”
By Kim Michele Richardson

The character of Cussy Mary Carter is fictional. The world she lives in is not. Set against the backdrop of Kentucky’s Pack Horse Library Project, created in the 1930s by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Cussy is one of those courageous women who delivered books to households nestled in the hills of Appalachia. She’s also colored and marked as untouchable, one of the last remaining true blue-skinned people of Kentucky. Cussy’s story of stunning strength is heart-wrenching yet hopeful.

Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019, 320 pages

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Philosophy

A Timeless Classic

“The Consolation of Philosophy”
By Boethius

Eventually executed on false charges of treason, the Roman statesman Boethius wrote this book of reflections in 523 A.D. while in prison. Here he creates a dialogue between himself and Lady Philosophy. Through her, Boethius contends that happiness stems from virtue and the wisdom of the heart, and not from fickle Fortune. “Consolation” heavily influenced scholars and writers for the next thousand years and is still read today.

Penguin Classics, 1999, 155 pages

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Nonfiction

Escape From North Korea

“In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”
By Yeonmi Park

It’s hard for people in a free society to imagine what it’s like to live in a communist country. Most books about communism don’t succeed at conveying this perspective, but this one does. Park’s escape from North Korea will shake you to the core. It’s an incredible story of overcoming the worst of humanity and coming out whole.

Penguin Books, 2016, 288 pages

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Redefining Life Balance

‘Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance”
By Christy Wright

Christy Wright frames the idea of life balance not as dividing your time or energy between work and home equally all the time, but as feeling a sense of balance in your heart and mind even when life gets busy, and “doing the right things at the right time.”

It’s a great book for the overwhelmed mom, the professional with too much on her plate, or anyone who is feeling frazzled or pulled in too many directions. Wright guides you back on the path from busy to balanced, simply, practically, and with kind-hearted encouragement.

Ramsey Press, 2021, 240 pages

For Kids

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Classic Bedtime Reads for All Ages

“Great Stories Remembered”
Ed. by Joe Wheeler

A book full of old-fashioned short stories perfect for family read-alouds. Instilling character through its memorable lessons, this collection of tales provides unique plot twists rarely seen in today’s technologically dulled era.

Focus on the Family Publishing, 1996, 400 pages

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Carefree Childhood at Its Finest

“Betsy-Tacy”
By Maud Hart Lovelace

From visiting neighbors in dress-up clothes to conquering shyness on the first day of school, the woes and hilarity of turn-of-the-century life in fictional Deep Valley, Minnesota, is captured from a child’s perspective.

Harper Trophy, 1940, 112 pages

Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass is the co-host of The Sons of History podcast and an author.
Anita L. Sherman is an award-winning journalist who has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor for local papers and regional publications in Virginia. She now works as a freelance writer and is working on her first novel. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to four, and she resides in Warrenton, Va. Anita can be reached at anitajustwrite@gmail.com
Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick has four children and a growing platoon of grandchildren. For 20 years, he taught history, literature, and Latin to seminars of homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C. He is the author of two novels, “Amanda Bell” and “Dust on Their Wings,” and two works of non-fiction, “Learning as I Go” and “Movies Make the Man.” Today, he lives and writes in Front Royal, Va. See JeffMinick.com to follow his blog.
Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout and the online editor of Chronicles Magazine, both projects of the Charlemagne Institute.
Jan Jekielek
Senior Editor
Jan Jekielek is a senior editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as website chief editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film "Finding Manny."
Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.