Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading

BY Joshua Philipp, Jeff Minick, Barbara Danza and Crystal Shi TIMEFebruary 9, 2022 PRINT


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Behind Black Lives Matter

“BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution”
By Mike Gonzalez

Gonzalez’s exploration of Black Lives Matter shows a Marxist movement that seeks to take over institutions using race politics. This important book will help readers debunk for those around them the political narratives at work.

Encounter Books, 2021, 264 pages


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Portrait of the Young Theodore Roosevelt

“Mornings on Horseback”
By David McCullough

The author of such renowned biographies as “John Adams” and “Truman,” McCullough tells the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s family and his youth: his frailty as a child, the imprint left on him by his father and mother, his time at Harvard and in politics, the death of his mother and his young wife on the same day, and his life as a cowboy in the Dakotas. A fine introduction to the man who became one of our most energetic presidents and who was a Rough Rider not only during the Spanish-American War, but throughout his life.

Simon & Schuster, 1982, 480 pages

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Bite-Sized Life Advice

“Tribe of Mentors”
By Tim Ferriss

Ferriss reached out to those he deemed to be the “best of the best” in many fields, posing the same 11 questions—a collection he’s honed over the years, thanks to his popular podcast.

Investors, sports stars, authors, comedians, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more give their takes, offering something for everyone.

Easily digestible in bite-sized portions, it’s perfect for college students, self-help junkies, entrepreneurs, and dreamers who are striving for something more.

Harper Business, 2017, 624 pages

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Getting Past Resistance

“The War of Art”
By Steven Pressfield

Pressfield wrote, “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

He defines resistance as “an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. … Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

He encourages readers to break through the resistance, offering practical advice on recognizing it and working past it.

Black Irish Entertainment, 2012, 190 pages


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Paleo Cooking for Weeknights

“Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go!”
By Michelle Tam

This cookbook checks all the boxes of weeknight cooking: fast and easy, healthy but flavorful, family-friendly (recipes are teenage son approved), and internationally inspired. All the recipes are free of grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Fun cartoons and step-by-step photos, presented comic book-style, make it a joy to use.

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2022, 352 pages


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Life on the Prairie

“My Ántonia”
By Willa Cather

An orphan, Jim Burden goes to live with his grandparents in Nebraska, where he befriends Ántonia Shimerda, whose family has immigrated from Bohemia. Although the two share an attraction to each other, they eventually go their separate ways. Jim becomes a successful attorney, and after some struggles, Ántonia finds her place as a wife and a mother to many children. This novel depicts the hardships of life on the plains, the love of land and family, and the value of an enduring friendship. An American masterpiece.

Independently Published, 2020, 146 pages

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The Strength of Family in Hard Times

“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”
By Mildred Taylor

Living in 1930s Mississippi, the Logan family fights Jim Crow laws and hard times. Central to the story is Cassie, a girl who practices dignity and respect in the face of adversity. Winner of the Newbury Award—and deservedly so.

Puffin Books, 2004, 288 pages

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All Creatures Great and Small

“Amazing Animals”
By Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Blending the entertainment of a traditional storybook with a concise overview of creatures in our world, it features rich illustrations that lend themselves to discussing and providing a sense of true appreciation for nature.

Lemniscaat/Boyds Mills, 1995, 36 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.
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 to follow his blog.
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.
Crystal Shi
Food Editor
Crystal Shi is the food editor for The Epoch Times. She is a journalist based in New York City.
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