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April 20

Book: It Can't Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:31 AM - 1 comment

April 19

Book: It

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
posted by komara at 7:48 AM - 15 comments

April 17

Book: American Gods

Neil Gaiman's American Gods is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:59 AM - 22 comments

Book: Saga, Vol. 2

After escaping on a rocketship, Hazel meets the grandparents and we meet Gwendolyn. (Issues 7 - 12) [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 5:26 AM - 1 comment

April 11

Book: Wyrd Sisters

Wyrd Sisters - Book 6 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:55 AM - 4 comments

April 3

Book: Saga, Vol. 1

The story of two soldiers from opposite sides of a never ending galactic war trying to raise a child together. (Issues 1-6) [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:51 AM - 12 comments

March 27

Book: Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Book One

This hardcover features the first twelve issues of the hit comic book series, along with covers and a sketchbook, in one oversized hardcover volume. [more inside]
posted by KMH at 1:37 AM - 2 comments

March 25

Book: Sourcery

Book 5 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:36 AM - 7 comments

March 24

Book: Archer & Armstrong Vol. 5

Archer & Armstrong are going to war with Bloodshot and H.A.R.D Corps! [more inside]
posted by KMH at 7:11 AM - 0 comments

March 23

Book: Gotham Central Omnibus

Gotham's Finest work around the clock to not only keep the world's most psychotic criminals off the street, but also cleaning up the mess left behind by Batman's one-man war on crime.
posted by KMH at 9:03 AM - 3 comments

Book: Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1

After years of meditation and training, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to carry out the sacred mission of his family's sect - locate and kill the fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal known as Armstrong!
posted by KMH at 8:57 AM - 3 comments

March 22

Book: Stamped from the Beginning

Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. [more inside]
posted by soplerfo at 12:33 PM - 1 comment

Book: Book: Parable of the Sower

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny... and the birth of a new faith. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 10:47 AM - 13 comments

March 7

Book: Mort

Book 4 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:43 PM - 7 comments

February 22

Book: Equal Rites

Book 3 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 7:47 AM - 16 comments

Book: The Handmaid's Tale

The seminal work of speculative fiction from Margaret Atwood. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:04 AM - 31 comments

February 12

Book: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

Back in print for the first time in years—and available in eBook for the first time—the New York Times bestselling tie-in to the hit television show and cult classic, Twin Peaks. Written by Jennifer Lynch, daughter of series co-creator David Lynch. Non-canon, but inspired by canon. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 9:31 PM - 6 comments

Book: The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes

A transcript of audio recordings by Dale Cooper from 1967 to 1989. Written by Scott Frost, son of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. Non-canon but inspired by canon. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 9:27 PM - 2 comments

Book: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

So the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu got together and talked about joy for a week. This resulting book is an accessible and actionable journey into the essential practice of experiencing and sharing joy. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:49 AM - 1 comment

February 9

Book: Hope in the Dark

Our new Hope in the Darkness nonfiction club kicks off with a discussion of Rebecca Solnit's 2004 book designed to give liberals fearful of an increasingly dark political climate hope and strength to fight back. "No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that's marked this new millennium." —Bill McKibben
posted by sciatrix at 7:36 AM - 3 comments

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