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