The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
An un-put-downable story of a family vacation turned horribly upside-down. Makes you think how you would act in an impossible situation. Could you choose between your loved ones and…the world?
The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
The behind-the-scenes story of the unsung heroes at several governmental departments and the transition after the 2016 election. Infuriating and hopefully motivating, this story shines the light on the purposeful and intentional destruction of the government’s ability to protect it’s citizens from natural and man-made disasters through the appointees and changes made by the Trump administration.
Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs by Dennis McKenna (ed)
The defining scholarly publication on past and current research with psychotropic plant substances for medicinal, theraputic and spiritual uses.
Reconstruction by Allen C. Guelzo
One of the most prominent Lincoln and Civil War scholars discusses the lost peace after the winning of the Civil War. A concise volume discussing one of the United States’ most significant efforts to overcome its original sin.
Cry Wilderness by Frank Capra
A tale a scheme by corrupt bureaucrats to evict two hermits from their land east of Los Angeles. Described as “a tale of small town intrigue” of a kind all too familiar.
Vox by Christina Dalcher
A book to read if you are ever wondering how body autonomy is stripped away by politicians. It didn’t start with the word counters, but it ended up there.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Mermaids and well-written romance are a hard combo to find, but “The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” gives readers both. If you are looking for a romance that isn’t corny or poorly written, look no further.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
A hauntingly beautiful history of a family coming to terms with trauma, told from the viewpoint of a young girl who doesn’t feel as if she has ever fit in as well as she does when she moves to the isolated state of Alaska. She develops into a wise young woman who learns to fend for herself in the harsh climate, making a host of wonderful connections in the small community along the way. I spent one whole day reading this book and could not put it down; Hannah’s characters are well worth growing attached to.
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
Simply written but breathtaking in terms of its tale as well as its narrative. A tale of unrequited love as well as based loosely in the realm of fantasy within the protagonist’s mind, it reads a bit like stream of thought mixed in with poetry and is fascinating.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle
Iconicly funny book about an ironically funny man. If you like smart comedy and need a little brightness, this is the book for you.
Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a cross country road trip but work kept you too occupied, let Shteyngart take you on that journey through the eyes of Barry Cohen, a hilarious, narcissistic, and self-deluded hedge fund manager desperately looking to reclaim the America of his youth. A rollicking good time!
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Murakami gifts to us, once again, a superlative novel, with characters engaging with life’s most crucial circumstances: love vs. loneliness, art vs. war, reality vs.the surreal. By far, his best work since 1Q84! Highly recommend!