I adored this book for all the awkward reasons at this moment in history.
Continue reading “Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them”
Here are a couple church-related recent book reviews. I tend to gravitate toward the ex-evangelical genre, as these two wonderful books attest.
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The premise of recursion, like Crouch’s other novels, is very unique. He’s definitely an up-and-coming voice in sci-fi.
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I have 167 highlights and 11 notes in my Kindle for this book. That’s a new record for me. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” is a beautiful book. Nearly every page is dripping with empathy, as Gottlieb tours us through her pyschotherapy practice, showing the inner lives and thoughts of her patients — and her own.
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I was a reluctant reader on this one. My wife recommended it highly, so I knew it was quality. But given the topic, I was afraid it would upend my life.
And I was kinda right.
What a strange loop, this book.
No one covers eccentric personalities like Jon Ronson. I first heard the author reading some of his work on This American Life, way back when it was only a radio show before it was a podcast. His voice takes some getting used to, but it matches his subject matter each time. He’s an obsessive with an anxious edge. He sounds fragile, but he’s dogged. You’d have to be to dig this deeply into the topic of psychosis in America.
You can immediately feel Hawley’s fingerprint all over this story. The prose is so well crafted and pops with an energy.
I’ve been “reading” a lot of books lately, thanks to the magic of audio books on my phone. I use the word reading loosely here, since it feels like a lot less work for a slow reader like me. Yet, I can’t argue with the science that confirms that, while listening to the spoken word, the brain is activated in much the same way as reading the words for oneself.
With that in mind, here’s what I’ve enjoyed recently…