Epoch Booklist: Noteworthy Reads

TIMEOctober 25, 2021



Exposing the Plan to Divide America

“Debunking the 1619 Project”
By Mary Grabar

The 1619 Project was key in introducing critical race theory into schools. Mary Grabar’s in-depth research debunks its claims about slavery and exposes the tricks used to misrepresent figures such as Abraham Lincoln. An essential read.

Regnery History, 2021, 320 pages


Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

“Hero of Two Worlds”
By Mike Duncan

An insightful book about French nobleman and military officer Marquis de Lafayette’s roles in the French and American Revolutions. Duncan details his arrival as a 19-year-old, disobeying the French monarch to do so—and making him a fugitive), his bravery in battle (chock-full of brilliant maneuvers), and his relationship with George Washington. Lafayette finally gets his due in this extensively researched, enjoyable read; a fine addition to the massive collection of American Revolution scholarship.

PublicAffairs, 2021, 512 pages


Our Wild Calling

Howling With the Wolves

“Our Wild Calling”
By Richard Louv

Take a deep dive into the natural world around us and see how connecting with animals, both domestic and wild, can enrich our lives and potentially save theirs. Through shared stories, studies and reportage, and cutting-edge science, Richard Louv presents the case for protecting and promoting a caring habitat for human–animal coexistence, a “habitat of the heart.”

Strengthening our bonds with living creatures can transform us on many levels. In this digital age, real connection is possible.

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019, 273 pages

The World Turned Upside Down

Confronting the Chinese Communist Party

“The World Turned Upside Down”
By Clyde Prestowitz

This treatment of the entire U.S.–China relationship, from the beginning up to now, is eminently simple and readable, and detailed at the same time.

In China, the buck stops with the Chinese Communist Party. The CCP reigns supreme, and every person, every corporation is subject to it. As such, it is able to shape behavior on a very fundamental level. A fascinating read.

Yale University Press, 2021, 344 pages



Human Bonds, Heart, and Healing

By Maggie O’Farrell

In England in 1580, the Black Death plagues the land. William Shakespeare, then a penniless Latin tutor, is smitten by an extraordinary woman. They marry. Agnes becomes the electrifying force in their lives as they grieve the death of their 11-year-old son.

Their brokenness is brilliantly conveyed and weaves an agonizing and moving backdrop. It sets the stage as the playwright’s career skyrockets. What happens is breathtakingly redemptive.

Vintage Books, 2021, 305 pages


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Love and Sacrifice

“A Tale of Two Cities”
By Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities,” a classic tale about the French Revolution. In a time of mobs and executions, we marvel at a daughter’s care for her broken father and cheer for the dissolute but brave Sydney Carton who goes to the guillotine speaking the book’s last line: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” One of Charles Dickens’s most popular works, and with good reason.

Penguin Classics, 2019, 234 pages

For Kids

The Old Man and the Boy

Adventures With Grandpa

“The Old Man and the Boy”
By Robert Ruark

Robert Ruark’s account of boyhood days spent hunting and fishing with his grandfather begins, “The Old Man knows pretty near close to everything.” We can all learn from this man’s wisdom. A classic, especially for teen boys.

Holt Paperbacks, 1993 reprint, 256 pages

I Capture the Castle

Prose That Glitters

“I Capture the Castle”
By Dodie Smith

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” So begins witty narrator 17-year-old Cassandra as she hones her writing skills, helps her poor family, and falls in love. In the end, she captures the castle and readers as well.

Wednesday Books, 2017 reprint, 400 pages

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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 to follow his blog.