Lost in Space by Ben Tanzer, who will appear at the Writers Jam, Vol 2, is a wonderful book of essays about fatherhood, which covers topics from exhaustion (“I Need”) to sharing things with your kids (“I Am Your Father”) and death (“The Lion King,” “The Unexamined Life”).
Glazer pursued two themes throughout the book: The destruction of the historical memory of Appalachian African-Americans and the longing for a place to call home.
At its best, the book is a well-argue long-form essay about how Generation X views the phrase “changing the world.” Sometimes that means running neighborhood gardening groups, and sometimes that means founding MeetUp.org.
In Republic, Lost, Lessig lays the groundwork for understanding how our elections have been altered by private money and why that influx of “dark money” has changed the way we understand politics and the ways in which politicians can interact with each other.
At its best, the book is a riveting read about the science behind Henrietta Lacks’ cells and cancer research. I’m a sucker for a good piece of science writing, and this was that. There’s some heady science-based discussion, which touches on the ethical implications of research.
This is a must read for any teacher — or anyone who wants to comment on the state of education. Fixing our schools has absolutely nothing to do with privatizing them.
We talk quite a bit about poverty and economic disparity in the U.S., but this is one of the few books that takes an in-depth view of the problem. This book is unique in that it combines 100 years of longitudinal social science with the history of Clay County, Kentucky in order to paint a picture of the forces that have helped drive Appalachia’s economic distress.
When Of Dice and Men is at its best, David M. Ewalt paints an interesting tale that follows the birth, demise, and rebirth of both Dungeons & Dragons and tabletop role-playing. While the territory of the game’s history isn’t new, Ewalt nevertheless wrote a fan’s history, which painted a tough by understandable picture of the original founders.