Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading

By Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
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
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.
, James Sale
James Sale
James Sale
James Sale has had over 50 books published, most recently, “Mapping Motivation for Top Performing Teams” (Routledge, 2021). He has been nominated for the 2022 poetry Pushcart Prize, won first prize in The Society of Classical Poets 2017 annual competition, performing in New York in 2019. His most recent poetry collection is “HellWard.” For more information about the author, and about his Dante project, visit EnglishCantos.home.blog
, Channaly Philipp
Channaly Philipp
Channaly Philipp
and Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza
writer
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.
November 12, 2021 Updated: November 12, 2021

This week, we suggest a bit of humor to brighten your days, and recommend a classic American play that will touch your heart.

History

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A Forgotten History of America

History of the United States
By Noah Webster

Written for students in 1838, this textbook by prolific author Noah Webster (of dictionary fame) is a fascinating look into early America’s place in the world, as colonists dealt with unfriendly native tribes and being the pawns of powerful European nations.

Forgotten Books, 2018, 364 pages

History

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Landmark Battles of Western Culture

Carnage and Culture
By Victor Davis Hanson

From the naval battle at Salamis in Greece to Midway in World War II, from the defeat of the Romans at Cannae to the Battle of Tet in Vietnam, “Carnage and Culture” brilliantly traces the rise of the West, emphasizes the role of warfare in creating its institutions and ideals, and provides vivid descriptions of nine pivotal battles. Given our recent failures in Afghanistan, an increasingly dangerous world, and a weakened American military, this history of conflict is a must-read.

Anchor Books, 2007, 546 pages

Poetry

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The American Revolution, in a Poem

Legends of Liberty
By Andrew Benson Brown

“Legends of Liberty” is a witty, inventive, and brilliant new poem by a fresh and great star in the American poetic galaxy, Andrew Benson Brown. This is poetry that will make you laugh out loud, make you think and question what you know, and make you admire the linguistic pyrotechnics that are a hallmark of this accomplished work. Good news, too: It’s a narrative—so, a real story you can follow!—that takes you on a journey through the American Revolution. If you want poetry that really entertains while informing, then this is the book for you.

TAJ Classics, 2021, 169 pages

Fiction

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Mirth and Mayhem

Right Ho, Jeeves
By P.G. Wodehouse

Welcome to the world of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, where the butler time and again rescues his employer from dire straits. A cousin’s broken engagement, the Market Snodsbury Grammar School prizes, and Gussie Fink-Nottle’s romantic pursuit of Madeline Bassett—these are only some of the webs in which Bertie becomes entangled. Can he escape? Only by the intervention of the remarkable Jeeves. One of the great comic novels of literature.

Arcturus Publishing, 2019, 256 pages

Nonfiction

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Dispatches From the Dooryard

Got Warrants?
By Timothy Cotton

Cops are keen observers of human nature, and these short vignettes drawn from actual police reports in small-town Maine provide good chuckles. We come along for the ride as they deal with the inebriated—they detect the “slight scent of the nectar of bad decisions” aka “Devil’s Kool-aid” aka “liquid license remover”—and suspects with humanity.

Down East Books, 2021, 224 pages

Drama

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The Great American Play?

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder

Set in the fictitious Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, at the beginning of the 20th century, this 1938 play focuses on two young people, Emily and George, and their dreams, their mutual affection, their marriage, and Emily’s early death. For decades, the play’s powerful ending has often moved audiences to tears. A wonderful reflection on embracing life while we live it. “Oh, earth,” Emily laments from the grave, “you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”

If you or your teens have missed “Our Town,” you’re in for a marvelous surprise.

Harper Perennial Classics, 2003, 204 pages

For Kids

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Building a 13th-Century Fortress

Castle
By David Macaulay

Aimed at the older elementary school crowd, “Castle” recreates the efforts required to build a castle and its surrounding town in the Middle Ages. This book clearly explains the engineering and work that went into making these fortresses.

Houghton Mifflin Publishers, 1977, 80 pages

For the Love of Books

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Library Lion
By Michelle Knudsen

In this picture-rich book, a lion marches into the library and proves to be surprisingly well-suited for the environment. When extenuating circumstances present themselves, the lion is forced to break the rules in order to help.

Candlewick Press, 2006, 48 pages

Are there books you’d recommend? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know at features@epochtimes.com

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 JeffMinick.com to follow his blog.
James Sale
James Sale has had over 50 books published, most recently, “Mapping Motivation for Top Performing Teams” (Routledge, 2021). He has been nominated for the 2022 poetry Pushcart Prize, won first prize in The Society of Classical Poets 2017 annual competition, performing in New York in 2019. His most recent poetry collection is “HellWard.” For more information about the author, and about his Dante project, visit EnglishCantos.home.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.