Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading for the Week of March 20

BY Dustin Bass, Jeff Minick and Barbara Danza TIMEMarch 16, 2022 PRINT

This week’s selections range from a story of romance and heartbreak, to a Shakespearean tragedy, to the modern worries of socialized health care.


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Hemingway’s First

‘In Our Time’
By Ernest Hemingway

Experience Ernest Hemingway where he started (sans the newspaper articles) with his initial published work. “In Our Time” is a collection of 15 short stories that was published in 1925. He transformed the art of modern writing with terse and realistic prose.

Scribner, 1996, 156 pages

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Chilling Medical Suspense Novel

‘Noble Vision’
By Gen LaGreca

Ballerina Nicole Hudson’s life is shattered when an accident leaves her blind. Dr. David Lang believes that he can help her see again through experimental surgery, but New York has placed hospitals under Carefree, a socialized health care plan.

With the government failing to meet its budget and its citizens’ medical needs, Lang and Hudson must fight the system to get her into surgery. A thriller with ramifications for this age of pandemics, quarantines, masks, and bureaucratic control of our medical care.

Winged Victory Press, 2012, 346 pages

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Romance, Heartbreak, Romance

‘Far From the Madding Crowd’
By Thomas Hardy

The strong-willed and business-minded Bathsheeba Everdene inherits land. As she takes over and works the property, she’s sought by three suitors: the handsome soldier, the wealthy landowner, and the kind workman. Stubbornness and desire lead her to heartbreak, but resolve and love lead to her finding happiness. “Far From the Madding Crowd” is a wonderful story about finding and losing love, then finding it again. A classic tale with humor, romance, and memorable characters.

Wordsworth Classics, 1997, 362 pages


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Exposition on How to Think

‘The Soul of Politics’
By Glenn Ellmers

If one planned to fight for America on the intellectual field, it would be prudent to learn just how to think intellectually and wisely. Glenn Ellmers’s new book follows the intellectual and philosophical growth of one of America’s top thinkers of the 20th century, Harry Jaffa. This book exemplifies what it takes to compete in the arena of ideas and how to stand firm when you’re right, as well as how to give way when you’re wrong.

Encounter Books, 2021, 416 pages

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How Education Was Brought Low

‘The Breakdown of Higher Education’
By John M. Ellis

Rioting and intimidation: These have become commonplace on U.S. college campuses today. Professor John Ellis provides an insightful look into how higher education has been undermined. He discusses the liberal-to-conservative ratio of professors, the influx of Marxist teaching, and why college may not be worth attending anymore.

Encounter Books, 2021, 240 pages


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A Tale for Our Time

By William Shakespeare

Though many study “Macbeth” in school, now might be a perfect time to revisit this play. Driven by a prophecy that he would become the king of Scotland and goaded in that ambition by his wife, Macbeth kills King Duncan and assumes the throne. His guilt and fear of discovery lead him to murder and tyranny. Eventually, events lead to a civil war and to the deaths of Macbeth and his wife. Here, we find a powerful meditation on dangerous ambition and the terrible consequences that can ensue when arrogant desires wed evil designs.

Simon & Schuster, 2003, 304 pages

For Kids

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Art and Literature Join Hands

‘D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths’
By Edgar and Ingri D’Aulaire

In print for more than 50 years, this children’s classic introduces young readers to ancient myths, gods, and goddesses while at the same time enthralling them with beautiful art. The perfect book to blend education and entertainment.

Delacorte Press, Reprint Edition 1992, 208 pages

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The Courage to Fly

‘If I Never Forever Endeavor’
By Holly Meade

Meade’s beautifully illustrated, poetic depiction of a hesitant young bird perched at the edge of its cozy nest, cautiously considering whether to fledge and fly, is picture book perfection. Great for readers of every age.

Candlewick Press, 2011, 32 pages

Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass is the host of Epoch TV's About the Book: A Show about New Books With the Authors Who Wrote Them. He is an author and co-host of The Sons of History podcast.
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.
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