Before You Wake: Life Lessons from a Father to His Children by Erick Erickson

I doubt a lot of people who disagree with Erick's politics have or will read this book.  Which is a shame because we could do with a world where more people got to know each other who disagree.  And this book will help you understand Erick Erickson the person rather than Erick the talking head or Erick the radio host.  It won't change your mind but it might change how you see pundits and those in the news. 

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Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg

Under attack from the left and the right are the very values and ideals that sustain our civilization.  Democracy, free speech, free market capitalism are all increasingly treated with hostility. If the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves shape our society, then these dramatic changes in rhetoric should be deeply concerning.

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Advice for the NFL

JV Last offers advice to the NFL: “Today you can walk into Walmart and buy a 65” Ultra-HD TV for $470. Meanwhile, if a fan wants to go see a Steelers game, the average ticket is $93 and parking is $40. Do the math …”

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

It is a fascinating blend of history, magic and drama with religion, politics and family dynamics thrown in. Arden balances the old world's magic and the new world's religion well, and treats each seriously or at least with a sense of history. The characters have depth and personality even when they are not central focus.

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