Final Top Ten Tuesday of 2021!
The Old Man and the Boy, Robert Ruark. Stories of a young boy growing up under the watchful eye and biting wit of his grandfather, who teaches him to be a man who lives and works with respect to the land and creatures around them — even the ones they hunt. A mix of nature writing and human interest, as if Aldous Leopold and Rick Bragg came together, it was an instant favorite.
Beyond Tenebrae: Christian Humanism in the Twilight of the West, Brad Birzer. Reviews how Christian intellectuals (Lewis, Kirk, Solzhenitsyn, etc) responded to the acceleration of Western decay in the 20th century.
How Emotions are Made, Lisa Feldman Barrett. A critical attack on the conventional explanation for human emotions, one which argues that specific emotions are a learned language of sorts.
Project Hail Mary.A man wakes up alone in a spaceship. His mission? Save Earth from the Sun’s destruction. One problem: he has no idea how.
Eagles at War, Ben Kane. A fantastic historical-fiction account of the Battle of Teutoberg Forest, Rome’s greatest military defeat.
Midnight in Chernobyl, Adam Higginbotham. A detailed but very human history of the Chernobyl nuclear accident which poisoned parts of the western Soviet Union
Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg. This has displaced The Best Cook in the World as my favorite Bragg work. I’m going to post an altogether review of it and the other books in this trilogy (All Over But the Shoutin’ and The Prince of Frogtown).
Touching History, Lynn Spencer. A history of 9/11 as experienced by air traffic control, airline employees, and US air defense.
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings, Randolph Nesse. An analysis of emotion and mental problems from an evolutionary psychological perspective.
The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham. A young socialite goes to war and comes back searching for answers — a compelling character drama driven by the human need for meaning.
Natchez Burning, Greg Iles. A disturbing but engrossing thriller, driven by a two-part story — with a beginning in the Civil Rights movement of the sixties, and ending in the present day, each with a series of deaths. As huge as it is, it’s scary to think Iles wrote an even larger sequel called The Bone Tree