Books

Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading

TIMEJanuary 7, 2022

Nonfiction

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Pandemic Policies

‘A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID From Destroying America’
By Scott W. Atlas

Atlas, who was on Donald Trump’s COVID-19 Task Force and advocated a public policy perspective, wrote a mind-blowing exposé about how policies were instituted—without basis in public policy or science—and ultimately had disastrous effects on society. A heart-wrenching story.

Bombardier Books, 2021, 352 pages

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Rekindling Citizen Engagement

‘I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance’
By Tony Woodlief

In this book, Woodlief described how our government has continued to stray from our founding principles, providing ample examples of our ever-expanding government and discussing how our system, which started off so well, has been slowly but surely dismantled. “I, Citizen” is a call to action for Americans to begin playing the traditional role of good, concerned citizens: It doesn’t mean jumping on social media to address the country’s ills, but doing as Theodore Roosevelt suggested—actually getting in the arena.

Encounter Books, Dec. 7, 2021, 264 pages

Fiction

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Taking the Bus From Hell to Heaven

‘The Great Divorce’
By C.S. Lewis

A group of people living in hell board a bus and travel to the outskirts of heaven, where if they repent of their sins they can enter into that paradise forever. However, only a few of them possess the desire and willpower to shake off their past offenses. All the others cling to their pride and their wrongdoing, and so return to hell, which in this case means alienation from God and from one another. Forgiveness and humility are the themes in this short, brilliant novel.

HarperOne, 2015, 160 pages

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The Life You Always Wanted

‘The Nine Cloud Dream’
By Kin Man-jung, trans. by Heinz Insu Fekl

This 17th-century Korean classic centers around a monk who undergoes a most interesting punishment for being tempted by eight fairy maidens: getting reincarnated as the most ideal man. As he journeys through his new life, he realizes that all isn’t as it seems. Well-written and entertaining, this book easily offers insight into our modern age: Then and now, our desires are still the same—but so are the fundamental truths.

Penguin Classics, 2019, 288 pages

Self-Improvement

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Boost Your Productivity

‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change’
By Stephen R. Covey

Rather than a glittery array of life-hacks, Covey’s book aims to put forth a set of fundamental principles to live by, from being proactive and managing priorities to envisioning the end in mind. If you’ve never read “The 7 Habits” or even if it’s been a while, now is the perfect time of year to absorb the valuable lessons it conveys.

Gardners Books, 2004, 384 pages

Classics

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Sparkling Wit to Light Up the Winter

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
By Oscar Wilde

Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” this stage comedy gently pokes fun at Victorian manners, class distinctions, and customs while having brought laughter to audiences since its first performance more than a century ago. The dialogue is brilliant—Wilde’s ability to write dazzling epigrams shines here—while the situations created by deceptions and name changes whip up a delicious mix of wonderful absurdities. Read the play with family or friends or even aloud to yourself, then watch one of the many film versions that exist.

Dover, 2008, 64 pages

For Kids

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One Man’s Gift to the World

‘Snowflake Bentley’
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, ill. by Mary Azarian

This is the story of a young boy’s lifelong pursuit to capture the beauty of snowflakes. See also a compilation of his work, “Snow Crystals;” these books will show children the beauty of nature and the potential of their own curiosity.

HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009, 32 pages

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Still a Role Model for Girls Today

‘Anne of Green Gables’
By Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne Shirley is a high-spirited 11-year-old orphan whose imagination frequently lands her both in trouble and in the hearts of readers. Sequels to this story allow us to accompany her on many other adventures and into adulthood.

Bantam Books, 1982, 336 pages

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."
Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass is the co-host of The Sons of History podcast and an author.
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.
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.
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.