My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
by Michael J. Sandel
Non-Fiction / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: September 15, 2020
“The world-renowned philosopher and author of the bestselling Justice explores the central question of our time: What has become of the common good?” Perfect for January 1st. By Michael J. Sandel: ideal for the lousy political discourse we’ve been having for like 10 years. People be putting the ass in morass. There’s no E in morass.
Preorder Michael Sandel’s THE TYRANNY OF MERIT (out 9/15) in all formats here:https://t.co/zzheMADxUO
— Farrar,Straus&Giroux (@fsgbooks) September 10, 2020
Light of the Jedi (Star Wars: The High Republic)
by Charles Soule
Science-Fiction Novel & Star Wars / Random House Publishing Group
Published: January 5, 2021
Light of the Jedi part of the High Republic Series and Charles Soule’s latest novel is a NY Times bestseller. Yo: that’s so dope! This Star Wars novel is 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace: “Long before the First Order, before the Empire.” It’s out now. Charles is a solid writer: his previous novels: The Oracle Year & Anyone are highly recommend.
— Disney Books (@DisneyBooks) January 6, 2021
The Arrest: A Novel
by Jonathan Lethem
Science-Fiction Novel / HarperCollins Publishers
Published: November 10, 2020
“what happens when much of what we take for granted—cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters—quits working…” oh oh! Glad this is just a novel. Right? Right… The Arrest isn’t post-apocalypse. It isn’t a dystopia. It isn’t a utopia. It’s just what happens when much of what we take for granted—cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters—quits working. . . .
— draxtor™ (@draxtor) November 29, 2020
Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster
by Helen Andrews
Non-Fiction / Sentinel
Published: January 12, 2021
We’ve inherited a template of mistakes from Boomers. Helen Andrews writes about: “How Aaron Sorkin played pied piper to a generation of idealistic wonks. How Camille Paglia corrupted academia while trying to save it. How Jeffrey Sachs, Al Sharpton, and Sonya Sotomayor wanted to empower the oppressed but ended up empowering new oppressors. Whew. This dense book zings Steve Jobs to Jeffrey Sachs trying to understand where our freedoms went.
Buy the book now, there’s no better time than pub day: https://t.co/CZJUTAOh66
— Helen Andrews (@herandrews) January 12, 2021
How To Get Laid Without Your Phone
by Siri Agrell
Non-Fiction? / Siri Agrell
Published: January 4, 2021
Since it’s the weekend and people be seeking warm action: Siri Agrell’s How To Get Laid Without Your Phone. A guide on how to unplug so you can hook up?
After months of isolation and years of screen-enabled distraction, it’s time to re-set and remember how to treat one another face-to-face. Luckily, there’s now a book for that. How To Get Laid Without Your Phone | By Siri Agrell https://t.co/flwJen9wyn
— Siri Agrell (@SiriAgrell) January 4, 2021
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