This Week’s Biggest Books
This Week’s Biggest Books
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Every week we highlight some of the most-talked about and most-interesting good books currently making noise.
Politics is back on the agenda in this week’s crop of biggest books, but it’s not all hot-takes and analyses of the constitution as Diana Gabaldon offers up seven fantastic short stories set in her Outlander universe, Elin Hildebrand tells the story of two not-so-identical twins sisters, and John grisham shows us all how thrillers are done.
- Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism, by Mark R. Levin
Levin argues as a starting point that America has never been further from the ideals of the Founding Fathers, or closer to literal tyranny. He reaches back to analyze history in order to make an educated guess as to what the framers of the constitution would make of the modern state of government, concluding the dominant emotion would be “outrage,” then offers up guidance on how the country can find its way back to the founding beliefs and principles that Levin believes have been lost in the modern day.
- The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It, by Eric Bolling
Bolling wears his conservative colors proudly, and offers up a combination history lesson and policy document aimed at our 45th President. He digs back into the past for a detailed tour of some of the highlights of corruption and incompetence in American government from both sides of the political divide. Then he takes the President at his word concerning “draining the swamp” and offers up some concrete ideas on how, exactly, that might be accomplished. For those who agree with Bolling’s politics this will be an exciting read as the ideas and hopes of the 2016 campaign are crystallized into action points—and political opponents will find the details offered well worth digesting.
- Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction, by Diana Gabaldon
Gabaldon offers up seven short stories set in her bestselling Outlander universe, featuring a range of favorite characters from Jamie Fraser (with a fascinating glimpse into his youth before the time-twisting events of the series occur), Lord John Grey, and Master Raymond. The stories move back and forth through history and across the globe, from the Battle of Quebec to zombies in Jamaica, World War II, and old Havana under siege. Collections like this offer a chance to expand the universe in creative ways freed from the constraints of novel-length plotting, which makes this both a treat for long-time fans of the books or TV series as well as an ideal introduction for those interested by the hype but uncertain about a novel’s commitment.
- The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand
Twin sisters, earthy Harper on Martha’s Vineyard and pin-perfect Tabitha on Nantucket, live just eleven miles apart—but a long, bitter sibling rivalry makes them feel much more distant. Though they are wildly different in outlook, attitude, and lifestyle, they each have a host of problems ranging from disastrous relationships to failing businesses, and slowly re-discover the power of the sisterly bond over the course of a slow-burn summer. Literally seeing how the other half lives proves to be a tonic that reminds the sisters how much they need each other—and how alike they are despite the obvious, superficial differences.