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.

Continue reading “A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling”

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 as he was acclaimed. Most famous for his his long-running Discworld series, he picked up multiple Locus awards, a Carnegie Medal, an OBE, and even a knighthood on his way to becoming a worldwide literary icon. But who was the real man behind the quick wit and black hat?

Continue 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 a murder, Laura must put her ill feelings behind her in order to unmask the real killer. Monica might be a nightmare, but she’s not a murderer … right?

Continue 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, and tips for embracing bodies and rocking a bikini, all while showing off her own impressive collection.

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 crowd become instantly electrified as fists fly—oftentimes with a fervor only surpassed by their reaction to a win. Even so, there’s a price for this level of violence, and journalist Jeremy Allingham has detailed its tragic impact on select former players and the sport as a whole.

Continue 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, as policymakers. From deregulation to antitrust to conscription, economists have spent fifty years with their fingerprints on everything. So how did it happen and, better yet, what’s been the result of this economist-driven revolution?

Continue 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 from Nathan Lane and Bernadette Peters to Laura Benanti and Betty Buckley honored Stritch, there were also plenty of laughs. Plenty of knowing smiles. Perhaps above all, there was plenty of wonder: what comes after Elaine? At one point, director Hal Prince quoted “The Ladies Who Lunch” from the 1970 musical Company—an acerbic number that became Stritch’s signature. “Everybody dies,” he said. “I’m not so sure about Elaine.”

Continue 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 protesting homosexuality and soldiers’ funerals with vulgar signage were regular occurrences. With an upbringing steeped in extremism, Phelps-Roper evolved not only to accept these views, but to offer full-throated support as she disseminated hateful rhetoric as a digital content manager for the church. And then Twitter changed everything.

Continue 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 a few times. But what does an affinity for greens, putts, and birdies reveal about the man who occupies the Oval Office?

Continue 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: this time, a book-length eyewitness assessment of the tumultuous backstage drama that’s unfolded in the highest political office in the United States.

Continue reading “A Warning by Anonymous”