Hoffer dissects the socioeconomic and emotional conditions that spawn mass movements and forge fanatics. Focused, forceful, and free of judgement, this brilliant little book was written in the '50s but is essential reading for every era.
This series is essentially Sherlock after Sherlock. He's retired and living in the British countryside when he meets a curious young girl who finagles her way into becoming his mentee. If you're as obsessed with all things Sherlock Holmes as I am then this series is probably one for you.
Someone once said of Rachel Ingalls that she had a particularly jaunty way of writing about tragedy and this is so true it makes my teeth hurt. Mrs. Caliban is a love story between a lonely housewife and a sea monster who only recently escaped from the lab where he was imprisoned. She feeds him avocados (a heretofore unknown delicacy), he listens to her and makes her feel seen for the first time in years. It's campy, but also unexpectedly devastating: it made me think of all the things we turn away from, the deceptions that that make our lives bearable. It's a very lonely book to read, but in the best way possible--I still think about it.
If you, like me, enjoy twisting your mind into knots pursuing-- or ruling out-- answers to the basic philosophical inquiry: why is there something instead of nothing?-- this delightful book is for you.
Have you ever heard someone say they don't read fiction, and thought about all that they were missing? This novel pitches you, head-and-heart-first, into a young boy's world, the youngest of three brothers in a biracial, working class family. In the ever-hopeful child's voice; full of energy, reactive, non-judgmental, the terrain of family life is portrayed with raw, emotional clarity. Torres conjures the wrenching ties of familial love, allegiances, and expectations, and then the beginnings of personal and sexual self-discovery, with simplicity and amazing skill. This small book is an example of fiction that is breathtakingly powerful, and not to be missed.
If you have any illusions about how we are governed and by whom, Lofgren will do away with your illusions, pronto. This is an eternal struggle. A fight we must wage.