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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Audiobook format was a good choice because hearing this memoir read in the author's own voice gave it great power. It is honest, lyrical, and very important subject matter, but...unremittingly bleak.
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Believing Bullshit by Stephen Law
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We want to be rational, says Stephen Law. We also find ourselves drawn, for whatever reason, toward Intellectual Black Holes, such as believing in supernatural beings or medicines that aren’t scientifically proven to work. To deal with the cognitive ...more
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No One Can Do Anything Worse to You Than You Can by Sam Pink
No One Can Do Anything Worse to You Than You Can
by Sam Pink (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2017
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"Thinking about my future — which always ends up turning into a vision of my burnt corpse in an overgrown, dandelioned backyard in the Midwest during Spring, getting eaten by a malnourished german shepherd."

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Can God Be Trusted? by John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Can God Be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil
by John G. Stackhouse Jr. (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: evangelical Christians
read in March, 2017
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This is an overview of the problem of theodicy. (If God is all-good and all-powerful, why does evil and suffering exist?) It is examined through a Christian lens, citing thinkers like Plantinga, Kreeft, C.S. Lewis. As the book nears its conclusion, i ...more
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Bounded Choice by Janja Lalich
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Case studies of two American cults: Heaven's Gate and the Democratic Workers Party (DWP), the latter of which the author herself participated in. The cults had different worldviews insofar as Heaven's Gate wanted its members to abandon their earthly ...more
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I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
by Luvvie Ajayi (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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Seems geared to people in their early 20s. Divided into four parts: Life, Culture, Social Media, Fame.

The subject matter of the first part was fodder for an advice columnist for teens and young adults (advice for splitting checks at a restaurant, adv
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Nadirs by Herta Müller
Nadirs
by Herta Müller
read in February, 2017
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Everything is abusive and depressing. Even a calf is prematurely slaughtered: "Two eyes were lying in the liquid manure. The cat bit into one of them with her canine tooth. There was a crack, and bluish slime splattered in her face." There is no hope ...more
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In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
In Calabria
by Peter S. Beagle (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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Came for The Last Unicorn. Found St. Mawr and The Centaur in the Garden. Ride again?
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Cognitive Politics by Stephen M. Cataldo
Cognitive Politics: A Communications Workbook for Progressives
by Stephen M. Cataldo (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: Liberals, to get busy; conservatives, to find out what liberals are up to
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Drawing from the work of George Lakoff, Jonathan Haidt, Bob Altemeyer and others, "Cognitive Politics" starts with the claim that "liberals" and "conservatives" have fundamentally different moral-emotional frameworks. It goes on to ask: How can liber ...more
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