A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

What do you get when you cross a group of libertarians intent on eliminating government, a small New Hampshire town with seemingly plenty of space for new residents, a steadily increasing bear population, and doughnuts? One of the best books of the year.

The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows

Marketed as “the first full biography of Sir Terry Pratchett”, The Magic of Terry Pratchett explores the wondrous life and career of one of the most famous fantasy authors of all time. With over 85 million copies of over 60 books sold by the time of his death in 2015, Pratchett was as prolific asContinue reading “The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows”

Staging Wars by Grace Topping

Laura Bishop’s home staging business is finally taking off, no thanks to a few crises that sure feel like someone’s attempt at sabotage. While she doesn’t have any definitive proof, she suspects the culprit might be her longtime nemesis Monica Heller. However, after she discovers Monica in a compromising position at the scene of aContinue reading “Staging Wars by Grace Topping”

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer and Kim Newmoney

When Nicole Byer first posted a photo of herself wearing a bikini on Instagram, she knew she was being #verybrave—mostly because that’s what everyone kept telling her. After all, according to the outside world, merely showing a little skin while fat is incredibly #brave. So now she’s written a book sharing her brave hints, tricks,Continue reading “#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer and Kim Newmoney”

Major Misconduct: The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey by Jeremy Allingham

Run a cursory search for hockey online and it won’t take much effort to come across the sport’s complicated relationship with fighting. For some fans, it’s as much a part of the game as the puck or the ice. Watch video of almost any brawl during a match, professional or otherwise, and witness the crowdContinue reading “Major Misconduct: The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey by Jeremy Allingham”

The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society by Binyamin Appelbaum

It’s not that everything was perfect before American politicians began paying attention to economists, but things sure were different. Between 1969 and 2008, author Binyamin Appelbaum argues that economists rose from the deepest depths of academia to rest in positions like secretary of the treasury and chairs of the Federal Reserve and, more broadly, asContinue reading “The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society by Binyamin Appelbaum”

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

On November 17, 2014, a who’s who of theatre professionals trekked to the Al Hirschfield Theater to pay tribute to Elaine Stritch. After a career spanning nearly seventy years, the actress had “left the building”, as she preferred to frame it, the previous July. But while there were plenty of tears as performers ranging fromContinue reading “Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs”

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

The Westboro Baptist Church has been a staple of Topeka, Kansas—and the American religious landscape—for decades. The inflammatory rhetoric of its congregants, who spread condemnation and cheer on tragedy, has brought them both worldwide fame and notoriety. Megan Phelps-Roper, as a granddaughter of the church’s founder, grew up with this as her backdrop, where protestingContinue reading “Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper”

Commander in Cheat by Rick Reilly

During the first year of his presidency, Trump paid visits to his golf courses nearly 100 times. And while it’s hard to verify exactly how many rounds he’s officially played—considering the White House tends to blur the answer—it’s safe to assume that anyone who owns or manages sixteen courses has probably played more than aContinue reading “Commander in Cheat by Rick Reilly”

A Warning by Anonymous

In September 2018, an anonymous member of the Trump administration authored an op-ed for the New York Times decrying the president’s actions while also suggesting there was a cabal of officials serving as a barrier against his most irrational choices. Now one year later, this same author has come forward with more of the same:Continue reading “A Warning by Anonymous”