Epoch Booklist: Noteworthy Reads

By Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
, 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
, Crystal Shi
Crystal Shi
Crystal Shi
Food Editor
Crystal Shi is the food editor for The Epoch Times. She is a journalist based in New York City.
and 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.
November 5, 2021 Updated: November 5, 2021

History

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“The American Story”
By David Barton and Tim Barton

The Guiding Hand of Providence

Many events leading to America’s founding could be considered pure chance or miracles—depending on one’s perspective. This fascinating retelling of early American history focuses on the role of Providence and provides invaluable clarity for our modern times.

Wallbuilders Press, 2020, 384 pages

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“Lady Editor”
By Melanie Kirkpatrick

A Woman of Perseverance and Wisdom

This delightful and inspiring read highlights the practically forgotten figure of Sarah Josepha Hale, considered the godmother of Thanksgiving. Her perseverance is ever-present throughout the book, from her time as a struggling seamstress to her tenure as the editor of one of the most influential magazines in America, Godey’s Lady’s Book. Her writings, whether public or private, had powerful sway. In this book, Hale is rightly given center stage as one of America’s most influential figures.

Encounter Books, 2021, 323 pages

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“Astoria”
By Peter Stark

A Pacific Empire in the Making

Jump on board for this harrowing adventure following the fate of an ambitious quest in the 1800s. Two men with two visions create a lasting legacy in American history. Business tycoon John Jacob Astor has a grand entrepreneurial plan to create a global enterprise. President Thomas Jefferson envisions the spread of democracy to the West Coast. Author Peter Stark brings this largely forgotten saga to life, as we follow two groups on their respective heroic quests. A riveting read of exploration and survival.

Harper Collins, 2015, 308 pages

Nonfiction

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“The Falcon Thief”
By Joshua Hammer

The Art of Egg Snatching

This tale is bold and brilliantly told in a fast-paced narrative. Readers will be swept along this ride of a likable rogue, Jeffrey Lendrum, who gets his kicks (and profits) from stealing rare bird eggs. His nemesis, an equally likable British wildlife detective, Andy McWilliam, is determined to end his peregrine egg pillaging days. This true-crime drama partnered with high adventure will keep readers rappelling through the pages.

Simon and Schuster, 2021, 275 pages

Food

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“Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide”
By Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras

For Hungry Armchair Travelers

Beer bathing in an Austrian castle. Pyrotechnic fishing in Taiwan. A pecan pie vending machine in Texas. These are some of the weird and wondrous culinary curiosities explored in this fascinating guide. Bite-sized stories uncover obscure local traditions, rare delicacies, hidden-gem destinations, and near-forgotten histories.

Workman Publishing Company, 2021, 448 pages

Classics

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“Antigone”
By Sophocles

Right Versus Tyranny

A classic that speaks to our time. Against the mandate of Creon, king of Thebes, Antigone buries her brother, whom Creon considers a traitor. She is then condemned to death. This tragedy raises many excellent questions: Do we take the righteous path, as did Antigone, or obey a tyrant’s orders? To whom do we owe fealty, the gods or our rulers? What takes precedence: love of family or obedience to the state? What occurs when that state censures the obligations of family and faith?

Sophocles’s play condemned tyrants then and does so today.

Prestwick House, 2005, 80 pages

For Kids

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“The Yearling”
By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Love Between a Child and a Pet

A Pulitzer Prize winner from 1938 about a backwoods Florida boy, Jody Baxter, and the fawn he adopts, Flag. We read of Jody’s coming of age and the tension that occurs when Flag begins eating the family’s crops. An American classic.

Scribner Publishers, 2021, 416 pages

 

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“Johnny Tremain”
By Esther Forbes

The Tale of a Young Patriot

This 1943 award-winning historical fiction novel focuses on a teenager engaged as a young silversmith apprentice in Boston and his part in the explosive events leading up to the Revolution. An American classic; intended for teen readers.

Clarion Books, 2011, 320 pages

Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
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
Crystal Shi
Food Editor
Crystal Shi is the food editor for The Epoch Times. She is a journalist based in New York City.
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.