Books

Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading

This week, we cover an important book for understanding critical race theory, and another on how to resist totalitarianism.

Nonfiction

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Power and Race

‘Race Marxism: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and Praxis’
By James Lindsay

Lindsay’s in-depth work delves into the Marxist nature of critical race theory. The reader comes to understand that CRT is not about protecting minorities; it’s a power grab over institutions. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about family or society.

New Discourses, Feb. 15, 2022, 239 pages

 

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How to Resist Totalitarianism

‘Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents’
By Rod Dreher

Through interviews with émigrés from the old Soviet bloc who recognize the familiar signs of totalitarianism in the United States, Dreher disabuses readers of the notion that it only applies to gulags. Rather, “soft” totalitarianism takes hold in any situation where only one way of thinking becomes acceptable (think cancel culture or the social credit system). Offering advice for resisting totalitarianism, Dreher bases his model on a priest in post-World War II Europe who prepared Christians for the communist takeover.

Sentinel, 2020, 256 pages

 

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Hello Focus, Goodbye Multitasking

“The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results”
By Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

“The One Thing” calls on the reader to identify the one thing that should take the highest priority in every facet of life. The authors implore readers to ask themselves a very specific question: “What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” A dose of clarity and a sigh of relief, the book is a quick and worthwhile read. If you feel overwhelmed, this perspective may be just what you need.

Bard Press, 2013, 204 pages

Food

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Chinese Bakery Treats Made at Home

‘Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries’
By Kristina Cho

Cho, whose grandparents moved from Hong Kong to Cleveland in the late 1960s, offers this tribute to Chinese bakeries in America, and the connection that food brings to family and culture. Recipes adapted to modern bakers and cooks mean that sweet treats such as pineapple buns, matcha and jasmine rolls, and mooncakes, of course, as well as savory bites like dumplings and barbecue pork buns, are now within reach of us all.

Harper Horizon, 2021, 304 pages

Fiction

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A Dazzling Tale of Love, Art, and War

‘A Soldier of the Great War’
By Mark Helprin

Alessandro Giuliani finds himself on a long walk with Nicolo, a factory worker. During their time together, Alessandro shares many of the revelations brought to him by life: the art he studied, the violence he experienced in World War I, the love he shared with his wife. Here is a novel rich with insights into human nature.

Mariner Books, 2005, 929 pages

Classics

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An Exploration of the Great Books

‘Dead White Guys: A Father, His Daughter and the Great Books of the Western World’
By Matt Burriesci

After his daughter’s birth, Burriesci wrote this book as a gift for her 18th birthday. Here he examines 26 great books and their authors, and why they are important to the world and to him. Plato, Aristophanes, St. Augustine, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Edward Gibbon, Adam Smith—Burriesci’s insights, humor, and use of personal examples, along with his tender regard for his daughter Violet, make for a great introduction to all such authors. “These writers,” he tells her and us, “can teach you how to think, not what to think.”

Viva Editions, 2015, 266 pages

For Kids

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A Great Literary Cookbook for the Young

‘Fairy Tale Feasts’
By Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, ill. by Philippe Béha

Here Yolen and Stemple along with illustrator Béha combine fairy tales and recipes for young people. For Cinderella, for example, they include a recipe for pumpkin tartlets: “What else would you do after midnight with a retired coach?”

Crocodile Books, 2006, 200 pages

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A Book for Bedtime

‘Good Night Little Bunny’
By Emily Hawkins, ill. by John Butler

This picture book shows how Little Bunny overcomes his fear of the dark with the help of his forest friends. The sweet illustrations feature baby animals gently transforming with the lift of a flap or by simply turning the page.

Templar, 2011, 14 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.
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.
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.
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