Every now and then I get letters from readers asking for a list of suggested readings. Each summer I run such a list in a column called “Summer Reading.” Today is the first installment in my new annual “Fall Reading” column. I hope you will take the time to enjoy some of the following:
Bankrupt. David Limbaugh’s new book has me rethinking my position on the death penalty. Before I read his book, I had not realized there was so much treason infesting the ranks of the Democratic Party. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that a firing squad is probably the only solution. Bankrupt is well-researched and enjoyable for all but I think young people can benefit most from the book. The “Bush lied, people died” brainwashing that is fed to high school and college students is unlikely to be effective on kids who have read Limbaugh’s response in the first chapter. Please, read it. And then, by all means, keep on reading.
A Red State of Mind. Nancy French (http://www.nancyfrench.com) has written a hilarious new book about a conservative Southern girl who marries a Harvard educated lawyer (my buddy David French) and moves to New York City. The laughs start there and continue as they relocate in Ithaca, New York and then in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is, without question, one of the funniest books I’ve read in years. Warning: It also contains some very astute observations about politics. Released in October, it could possibly gain popularity fast enough to be assigned to some sociology and feminist studies classes in the spring. Well, maybe not.
The City is a Rising Tide. Rebecca Lee is one talented writer (who just happens to teach at UNC-Wilmington). For years, based on the reviews of people I respect, I’ve been meaning to start reading her work. Now, she has a book out with Simon and Shuster. This book is a real page-turner that reads more like poetry than prose. Suddenly, Clyde Edgerton has some competition for the title of most talented writer at UNC-Wilmington.
I am Charlotte Simmons. Do you have a daughter? Are you planning to send her to college? If your answer was “yes” to both questions, I hope you’ve read this book by Tom Wolfe. If not, you had better get started. It’s over 700 pages but well worth the time investment.
Fair Tax Book. Some readers will wonder why I’m recommending this book for the third time. No, I’m not getting a cut of the profits from my buddy Neal Boortz. The reason is simple: The IRS still exists! And until it is abolished I will keep re-reading this book and giving the finished copy to a friend (and logging on to www.FairTax.org). Each time I read it I buy a new copy and, thus, put another one in circulation. Get it? Help us out by purchasing your own copy today. After all, we’re trying to start a revolution, here!
New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible. There is little question that one cannot be called an “educated person” unless he has taken the time to read the Bible at least once. The only question is “which Bible?” This is the eighth translation I’ve tackled and it ranks as one of my favorites. I tend to like literal translations (like the New American Standard Bible) or paraphrases (like The Living Bible). The only versions of the Bible I have not enjoyed are those (like the New International Version) that try to split the difference. The NLT is like The Living Bible but slightly more literal. It is an especially good first choice for teenagers and college students.
The S.C.U.M. Manifesto. I’m just kidding. “SCUM” stands for Society for Cutting up Men. This is a short political manifesto I’m reading for the research I’m doing on a book questioning the scholarly merit of feminist literature. I’m not trying to plug my next book - tentatively titled “Feminists Say the Darndest Things” with Penguin USA. I mean, that would just be silly. It doesn’t even come out until next fall. But you can bet your (expletive deleted) I’ll be plugging it then.
Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank. Well, I guess I have to plug at least one Democrat before I sign off. Celia Rivenbark is a funny lady. She used to teach Sunday school with my wife. But that’s not the funny part. The funny part is Celia’s writing. There’s a reason she won SEBA Book of the Year with her last book “We’re just like you, only prettier.” This one may win as much acclaim as her last. Celia’s one of the funniest writers in America. Read this book. I’m sure you’ll agree.
Losing the Race. One of my black friends (I think I have about three, now) said that this book made him a conservative and helped him shake his “victim mentality.” A few weeks later, another young black man told me the same. So, I’ve decided to read this book by John McWhorter next. Maybe I’ll turn into a conservative black man, too. Then, so long as I keep my mouth shut, I can reap the benefits of affirmative action.
Enjoy the reading and see you next week!