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A FEW GOOD BOOKS!

The new year is still upon us and those resolutions are going strong. Many of those resolutions include folks wanting to read more. There’s nothing like a good book during these winter months. Check out a few good reads and don’t forget to add to the list!

  1. The Anthem – via Esquire “In Anthem, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and only teenagers can see the big picture. This epic literary thriller is set in a not-too-distant future, where the nation is hopelessly divided, the political system is broken, and the climate is barreling toward irrevocable disaster. (Familiar, right?) Crippled with anxiety about the sorrowed world they stand to inherit, high schoolers respond with a disturbing protest movement: mass suicide, “an act of collective surrender.” Three unlikely young heroes resist the movement and journey into the American West, where wildfires rage through the redwoods and homegrown terrorists stoke lethal violence. Together they embark on an epic quest to save a friend from the Wizard, a Jeffrey Epstein-like monster; ultimately, they may just save the world. Anthem is a Great American Novel for these tumultuous times—a provocative work of fiction that sees to the heart of things, cuts through the noise, and asks, “How can we change, before it’s too late?”
  2. How High We Go In The Dark. If there’s one thing we all needed is hope and faith for a better tomorrow. These past years have been trying so this book is needed! “How High We Go in the Dark is exactly the white-hot missive of hope, humanity, and compassion you need. This pyrotechnic novel opens in 2030, when an archeological dig in the Arctic Circle unleashes an ancient plague destined to reorganize life on Earth for generations to come. Through a formally dazzling novel-in-stories structure, Nagamatsu envisions how life goes on. Each story is a marvel of imagination: this plague-riddled world contains euthanasia theme parks for terminally ill children, talking pigs raised for organ farming, and robo-dogs programmed with the memories of the dead. By the time mankind takes the stars in search of a new, plague-free home, you’ll be long bewitched. Rich in scope and vision, with each nested story masterfully rippling across others, this is a visionary novel about grief, resilience, and how the human spirit endures.
  3. How to Take Over The World:” “Comic book fans will fall hard for this delightfully daffy guidebook to supervillainy from an award-winning Marvel Comics writer. After a career spent dreaming up “increasingly credible world-domination schemes,” no one is better prepared than North to write this practical guide to designing death rays, constructing a secret underground base, and hiring dependable henchmen, among other musts. North takes the outlandish seriously, laying out the science behind even the most farcical maneuvers. But this gimlet-eyed Trojan horse of a book has a trick up its sleeve: what if some schemes from the supervillain playbook, like extending our life spans and controlling the climate, could actually save the world? Exuberant, optimistic, and just plain fun, How to Take Over the World will both surprise and delight.”
  4. The Employees– “Transporting and ephemeral, The Employees is among the year’s most memorable novels, even though it clocks in at just 136 pages. On a ship hurtling through deep space, humans and humanoids work together under a rigid hierarchy, pitted against one another by a nameless corporation. On a planet called New Discovery, crew members retrieve mysterious objects that exert a strange power over man and machine alike, awakening dreams, memories, and longing. Humans mourn their lost connections on Earth, thousands of light years away, while their humanoid colleagues yearn for connections they’ve never known. Constructed as a series of witness statements from the crew, gathered after tensions with their oppressive employer boil over, The Employees is an unforgettable novel about the psychic costs of labor under capitalism. Yet it also reaches deeper to explore science fiction’s animating questions—what makes us human? Which of us is more human, person or robot? Is a synthetic life still a life? Dreamlike and sensual, The Employees shouldn’t be missed.
  5. How Civil Wars Start In the past twenty years, the number of active civil wars around the globe has doubled—and now, a leading political scientist insists that we’re on the verge of one of our own. In this urgent guide to how countries come apart at their seams, Walter reveals the warning signs of civil unrest, arguing that the United States is now an “anocracy,” somewhere between a democracy and an autocratic state. If we’re to come back from the brink of collapse, Walter argues, we’ll need to shore up the American experiment by protecting voting rights, reforming campaign finance laws, and curbing extremism on social media, among other changes. Rigorously researched and lucidly argued, How Civil Wars Start is an arresting wake-up call.

Take a look at this list and of course add to this list!

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