Many are looking for salvation. Several of our selections offer a sampling. In one, a war reporter is critically injured while on assignment and must go through both hell and high water before he’s eventually saved. In another, it’s America’s youth that are in need of salvation from a woke society, and in the third the working mom will learn how to find salvation from “mom guilt.” Our fictional choice of the week is the latest in the series of Joe Picket novels from No. 1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box. The opening offering is a pictorial of America’s rich history from one of the country’s most noted documentary filmmakers.
“Our America: A Photographic History,” by Ken Burns (Knopf)
Celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns, known for his serialized depictions such as “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “The National Parks,” and “The Roosevelts,” has released a book of the same subject matter: America, the good, the bad and the ugly that have combined to raise her to greatness. Some photographs are still images taken from his films. Others are images captured by some of America’s most renowned photographers. Still others were recorded by those who worked in obscurity but possessed a fine eye to capture a significant moment on film. “‘Our America’ is an unflinching portrait of our shared visual markers through time,” wrote Richard Nagler for New York Journal of Books. “Burns confronts us with all the complexity, the contradictions, and the contributions of the American experience with the genius of an historian and the compassion of a humanitarian.” (Nonfiction)
“Saved: A War Reporter's Mission to Make It Home,” by Benjamin Hall (Harper)
Fifteen-year veteran war correspondent Ben Hall reveals the details of his rescue after sustaining near fatal injuries while on assignment in and around Kyiv, Ukraine. On March 14 of last year, he and his crew were returning to Kyiv after a successful shoot in a neighboring village when the area around their vehicle was struck by Russian missiles. He was knocked unconscious but was roused by the image of his young daughter telling him, “Daddy, you’ve got to get out of the car.” He was just able to crawl out before the area was hit again, killing his co-workers and leaving him with one eye, one workable hand, one leg and no feet. But he survived. The book tells the story of that day, and the remarkable international efforts that followed leaving to his return home. (Nonfiction)
“Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation,” by Karol Markowicz and Bethany Mandel (DW Books)
The “left” is engaged in an all-out war to take over the minds of our children, to indoctrinate them in the belief that America is a fundamentally unfair and racist country, that equality of opportunity has to be replaced with equity of outcome, and that the principle that they can be anything they want extends to changing their sex. Karol
Markowicz, who was born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, explained that kids from a young age are being inundated with ideas that rob them of their childhood with a goal to indoctrinate them. “We saw that there were books about college indoctrination, or on the workplace where wokeness has taken over corporations and institutions, but no one had traced that it was happening so early and that it was happening all across the board,” she said. “It’s not just our schools. It’s also libraries, publishing companies, media companies, your pediatrician’s office.” (Nonfiction)
“Storm Watch,” (A Joe Pickett Novel), by C.J. Box (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The series of C.J. Box’s novels generally describe issues facing the rural west, as seen through the eyes of Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden. In “Storm Watch,” Box takes on cryptocurrency mining and the clash between federal government, state and local leaders over the use of federal lands. “Like a patient spider, Box plays out plotline after plotline, balancing his sympathies adroitly between anti-establishment libertarians who’ve had enough of the coastal elites and officers sworn to serve and protect their communities, before knotting them all together with a climactic revelation that for better or worse will leave you gasping,” wrote Kirkus Reviews. “One of the most successful of Box’s increasingly ambitious have-it-all thrillers.” (Fiction)
“You Don't Have to Carry It All: Ditch the Mom Guilt and Find a Better Way Forward,” by Paula Faris (Worthy Books)
Let’s hear it for the working moms, says Paula Faris, who has juggled a successful career as an award-winning journalist while raising three children of her own. “We carry so much guilt because we’re supposed to work as though we don’t have kids, and have kids as though we don’t have a job,” she said in a recent ABC interview. “There’s this unrealistic expectation that we have to carry it all.” With a combination of newfound research with inspirational wisdom, Faris:
- recognizes the history of working moms in America and its lasting impact today,
- shows how motherhood has scientifically improved the minds and capabilities of women,
- encourages moms to link arms, not only with each other but also with men, and
- proves why corporate America is better with moms at the helm.
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