Recommended Reading: Epoch Booklist

TIMENovember 26, 2021

This week, we suggest books on the state of journalism and identity politics in the United States, as well as classics about love and redemption.


American Journalism Gone Woke

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“Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy”
By Batya Ungar-Sargon

Many books have been written about the failed state of journalism but Ungar-Sargon broaches the subject from a perspective that is accessible to a wide spectrum of political views, addressing how the elite, woke media have abandoned the working class. A fantastic book.

Encounter Books, 2021, 234 pages

The Myths Driving Identity Politics

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“The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free”
By Mike Gonzalez

Everything today is a war of words. As identity politics dominate the discourse in America, it’s important to understand that cultural Marxism is laser-focused on creating division and disunity. Certain groups and politicians are manufacturing narratives about race and identity to drive wedges between people for their own political goals.

This book is a valuable tool to understand the myths that have perpetuated identity politics in America, what’s taking place, and offers a strategy to change course.

Encounter Books, 2020, 224 pages


An Ancient Myth Resurrected

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“Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold”
By C.S. Lewis

In this 1956 retelling of Cupid and Psyche, we are guided by Orual, Psyche’s bitter and possessive older sister, who mistakes love for control and dominance. She despises Cupid, the god of love, for taking Psyche from her, and ruins Bardia, her confidant at court, by working him to death. Soon she sets out on a spiritual journey and issues a complaint against the gods themselves and discovers we cannot meet the gods “till we have faces.” A remarkable book with profound lessons about love.

Hartcourt, 2006, 313 pages


The Legacy of a Millenium-Old Culture

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“The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World”
By Arthur Herman

Herman takes readers on a journey on the figurative Viking longboat through the world of the Scandinavians, covering nearly 1,200 years, from the time that Vikings struck the island monastery of Lindisfarne in England in 793, to the contributions of Scandinavians in modern times. Discover their larger-than-life heroes, how they conquered the world, and how their indisputable work ethic and ingenuity continue to impact the world.

Mariner Books, 2021, 512 pages


Finding Your Dream Job

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“From Paycheck to Purpose: The Clear Path to Doing Work You Love”
By Ken Coleman

As an unexpected consequence of the pandemic and the ensuing public health measures, many people are reevaluating their work. For those looking to take their careers in a different direction, Ken Coleman offers a guide on getting clear, getting qualified, getting connected, and getting started, in order to find work that they love.

Ramsey Press, 2021, 272 pages


Immorality and Redemption

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“Crime and Punishment”
By Fyodor Dostoevsky

This masterpiece speaks to the moral confusion of our own age. Here the author puts an impoverished Russian student and murderer, Raskolnikov, under a microscope, giving us insights into his troubled soul, his justifications for killing a pawnbroker, and his mood swings between thinking himself above any moral code and feeling enormous guilt for what he has done. Saved from himself in part by Sonya, a simple girl driven by poverty to prostitution, Raskolnikov confesses his crime and discovers that “love had raised them from the dead.”

W.W. Norton & Company, 2018, 576 pages

For Kids

Hate Is the Enemy

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“The Bronze Bow”
By Elizabeth George Speare

This 1962 Newbery Medal winner features Daniel, a Hebrew youth who vows vengeance on the Romans for killing his father. He realizes his hatred is eating him alive after meeting Jesus of Nazareth. Highly relevant for our troubled time.

HMH Books, 1997, 254 pages

Secret Wishes and Christmas Miracles

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“The Story of Holly and Ivy”
By Rumer Godden

A great family read-aloud book about a Christmas doll and the orphan girl who fell in love with her through the shop window. This story from 1958 is full of delightful happenstance to foster the belief in miracles at Christmas time.

Penguin, 2006, 32 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."
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.
Dustin Bass
Dustin Bass is the co-host of The Sons of History podcast and an author.
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.
Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout and the online editor of Chronicles Magazine, both projects of the Charlemagne Institute.