Sunday, January 19, 2020

Pg. 69: Chad Dundas's "The Blaze"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: The Blaze by Chad Dundas.

About the book, from the publisher:
One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown–if only he could remember it.

Having lost much of his memory from a traumatic brain injury sustained in Iraq, army veteran Matthew Rose is called back to Montana after his father’s death to settle his affairs, and hopefully to settle the past as well. It’s not only a blank to him, but a mystery. Why as a teen did he suddenly become sullen and vacant, abandoning the activities and people that had meant most to him? How did he, the son of hippy activists, wind up enlisting in the first place?

Then on his first night back, Matthew sees a house go up in flames, and it turns out a local college student has died inside. And this event sparks a memory of a different fire, an unsolved crime from long ago, a part of Matthew’s past that might lead to all the answers he’s been searching for. What he finds will connect the old fire and the new, a series of long-unsolved mysteries, and a ruthless act of murder.
Visit Chad Dundas's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Blaze.

The Page 69 Test: The Blaze.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Five books to understand the British royal family

At the Guardian, Kathryn Hughes tagged five books to understand the British royal family. including:
Let’s start with a warning for us all, principals and gawkers alike. Craig Brown’s Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret shows the Queen’s late sister setting dazzling standards in wanting to have her royal cake and eat it. It didn’t work and the result was profound dissatisfaction, not only for Margaret but with her, too. Gradually Britain fell out of love with its fairytale princess and came to see her as a spoilt and sullen old soak. In this masterly work of bricolage, Brown assembles vignettes that build up a portrait of profound sadness as Margaret fails in her attempt to forge a space where “senior royalty” can do exactly what it wants while still hanging on to the sparkles and the perks.
Read about another entry on the list.

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Pg. 99: Christopher Knowlton's "Bubble in the Sun"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression by Christopher Knowlton.

About the book, from the publisher:
The 1920s in Florida was a time of incredible excess, immense wealth, and precipitous collapse. The decade there produced the largest human migration in American history, far exceeding the settlement of the West, as millions flocked to the grand hotels and the new cities that rose rapidly from the teeming wetlands. The boom spawned a new subdivision civilization—and the most egregious large-scale assault on the environment in the name of “progress.” Nowhere was the glitz and froth of the Roaring Twenties more excessive than in Florida. Here was Vegas before there was a Vegas: gambling was condoned and so was drinking, since prohibition was not enforced. Tycoons, crooks, and celebrities arrived en masse to promote or exploit this new and dazzling American frontier in the sunshine. Yet, the import and deep impact of these historical events have never been explored thoroughly until now.

In Bubble in the Sun Christopher Knowlton examines the grand artistic and entrepreneurial visions behind Coral Gables, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and other storied sites, as well as the darker side of the frenzy. For while giant fortunes were being made and lost and the nightlife raged more raucously than anywhere else, the pure beauty of the Everglades suffered wanton ruination and the workers, mostly black, who built and maintained the boom, endured grievous abuses.

Knowlton breathes dynamic life into the forces that made and wrecked Florida during the decade: the real estate moguls Carl Fisher, George Merrick, and Addison Mizner, and the once-in-a-century hurricane whose aftermath triggered the stock market crash. This essential account is a revelatory—and riveting—history of an era that still affects our country today.
Visit Christopher Knowlton's website.

The Page 99 Test: Bubble in the Sun.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 69: Maureen Johnson's "The Hand on the Wall"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson.

About the book, from the publisher:
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph...

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.
Visit Maureen Johnson's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Hand on the Wall.

The Page 69 Test: The Hand on the Wall.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, January 17, 2020

Ten novels that evoke a childhood of curiosity & sleuthing

Laura Elliot was born in Dublin, Ireland. She lives in Malahide, a picturesque, coastal town on the north side of Dublin. Writing as June Considine, she has twelve books for children and young adults. Her short stories have appeared in a number of teenage anthologies and have also been broadcast on the radio. She has also worked as a journalist and magazine editor. Elliot's novels include, most recently, The Wife Before Me and The Thorn Girl.

At CrimeReads she tagged ten novels that evoke a childhood of curiosity and sleuthing, including:
The Mardi Gras Mystery by Carolyn Keene

This book still shares space on my bookshelf. Somehow, it has escaped my necessary book cullings, and has been read by my daughters and granddaughters. Unlike Judie Bolton, the Nancy Drew series was written by several people over time under the Carolyn Keene penname. To my unspoiled Irish eyes, Nancy personified glamour. A sleuth who drove her own car, lazed around a swimming pool and had a steady boyfriend, she still had enough time to bring robbers and kidnappers to heel. She had a slick allure that was a stark contrast to Enid Blyton’s more innocent Secret Seven.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Richard Lachmann's "First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: First-Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great Powers by Richard Lachmann.

About the book, from the publisher:
How all great powers decline—including the US

The extent and irreversibility of US decline is becoming ever more obvious as America loses war after war and as one industry after another loses its technological edge. Lachmann explains why the United States will not be able to sustain its global dominance. He contrasts America’s relatively brief period of hegemony with the Netherlands’ similarly short primacy and Britain’s far longer era of leadership.

Decline in all those cases was not inevitable and did not respond to global capitalist cycles. Rather, decline is the product of elites’ success in grabbing control of resources and governmental powers. Not only are ordinary people harmed, but also capitalists become increasingly unable to coordinate their interests and adopt policies and make investments necessary to counter economic and geopolitical competitors elsewhere in the world.

Conflicts among elites and challenges by non-elites determine the timing and mould the contours of decline. Lachmann traces the transformation of US politics from an era of elite consensus to present-day paralysis combined with neoliberal plunder, explains the paradox of an American military with an unprecedented technological edge unable to subdue even the weakest enemies, and the consequences of finance’s cannibalisation of the US economy.
Learn more about First-Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship at the publisher's website.

The Page 99 Test: First-Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship.

--Marshal Zeringue

Seven top novels with family secrets

At The Strand Magazine Jason Allen tagged his seven top novels "featuring complex characters and narratives that are masterfully crafted around lies and family secrecy for a powerful effect," including:
The Tenth Girl, by Sara Faring – This haunting, gothic, spooky, lushly narrated novel is one that I was recently lucky to read in an advanced copy format and one I absolutely adore. It takes place at the tip of Argentina in a haunted all-girl prep school. The owner and headmistress has a fabled and mysterious family legacy; the nineteen-year-old protagonist also feels the need to keep her own family history of political dissidence, as well as her age, a secret when she shows up to teach at the school. If you like gorgeous prose and magical elements in ghost-inhabited fiction, this is one to pre-order immediately—it’s so good.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: The Tenth Girl.

The Page 69 Test: The Tenth Girl.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Seven books about surviving political & environmental disasters

Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of Beasts Made of Night, its sequel Crown of Thunder, War Girls, and Riot Baby, out this month from Tor.com. He has graduated from Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and L’institut d’├ętudes politiques with a Masters degree in Global Business Law.

At Electric Lit Onyebuchi tagged seven books about surviving political and environmental disasters. One title on the list:
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Jail, prison, and police often come together to resemble cosmic forces, morphing from individual gears in a machine ostensibly oriented towards justice into a meteorological event: a flood or typhoon that devastates communities, destabilizes families, and leaves those left behind barely enough time to repair what can be repaired before the next storm strikes. For too many, mass incarceration less resembles a series of choices and consequences and more resembles a natural disaster, a mini-apocalypse. The consequence in An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is the destruction of a married, middle-class African American couple. Roy is wrongfully convicted of a rape he did not commit, leaving behind his wife, Celestial. Their tough, stunning, all-too-real story spins out from there. As pervasive as America’s carceral system is in society, I’ve come across precious few novels that delve deeply into the consequences of this almost Biblical plague on those people affected, certainly few that do so with the power and pathos of Jones’s novel.
Read about the other entries on the list.

An American Marriage is among Ruth Reichl's six novels she enjoyed listening to while cooking, Brad Parks's top eight books set in prisons, Sara Shepard's six top stories of deception,and Julia Dahl's ten top books about miscarriages of justice.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 69: Scott Reintgen's "Ashlords"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: Ashlords by Scott Reintgen.

About the book, from the publisher:
Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they’ve raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.

Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That’s all legal and encouraged.

In this year’s Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest–a champion’s daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary’s son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?
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The Page 69 Test: Nyxia.

The Page 69 Test: Ashlords.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Peggy Orenstein's "Boys & Sex"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein.

About the book, from the publisher:
The author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter now turns her focus to the sexual lives of young men, once again offering “both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it” (Washington Post).

Peggy Orenstein’s Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and launched conversations about young women’s right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. It also had an unexpected effect on its author: Orenstein realized that talking about girls is only half the conversation. Boys are subject to the same cultural forces as girls—steeped in the same distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity—which equally affect how they navigate sexual and emotional relationships. In Boys & Sex, Peggy Orenstein dives back into the lives of young people to once again give voice to the unspoken, revealing how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.

Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, Boys & Sex dissects so-called locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By surfacing young men’s experience in all its complexity, Orenstein is able to unravel the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting work that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men.
Visit Peggy Orenstein's website.

The Page 69 Test: Waiting for Daisy.

The Page 99 Test: Cinderella Ate My Daughter.

The Page 99 Test: Boys & Sex.

--Marshal Zeringue

Four difficult women characters worth celebrating

Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Luna's new novel, The Janes, is the second to feature Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, and her partner Cap.

At CrimeReads Luna tagged four difficult women characters worth celebrating, including:
First there’s Ree Dolly from Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone—Okay, granted, this one’s not a shocker to anyone. Ree can chop wood, shoot a rifle, talk tough, and take a whopping of a beating, all while tracking her bail-jumping father through the freezing Ozarks. And she’s sixteen, and she’s raising her two brothers. But what I really love about Ree, what stays with me more than any of the tough stuff, or rather, what I believe is the actual tough stuff is how she turns her desperation into honesty. It’s not that she’s too brave to be scared; rather her fear is what motivates her, and she readily exposes it. Her Uncle Teardrop’s advice sums up how she already seems to be living her life: “You got to be ready to die every day—then you got a chance.”
Read about another entry on the list.

Winter's Bone is among Carl Vonderau's nine greatest moral compromises in crime fiction, Adam Sternbergh's six top crime novels that double as great literature and Lauren Passell's ten must-read books that take place in the Midwest.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Maureen Johnson's "The Hand on the Wall," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie: The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson.

The entry begins:
This is a tough one for me because I genuinely never think about this. I have a total mental blind spot in this department. This may come from working in theater for several years and having to keep my mind open about how things would be cast and staged. I had to keep my thoughts on the writing only.

I had a long think about this, though, and came up with Millie Bobby Brown as Stevie. I think she’d be very good. Stevie may have a bit of Stranger Things’ Eleven’s otherworldly focus. I think she would be...[read on]
Visit Maureen Johnson's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Hand on the Wall.

--Marshal Zeringue

Top ten books about trouble in Los Angeles

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

At the Guardian, Cha tagged ten top books about the troubles of contemporary Los Angeles, including a few titles that helped her craft Your House Will Pay. One title on the list:
Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall (2014)

The first book in the Lou Norton series, about a black female LAPD homicide detective who grew up in Baldwin Village, a neighbourhood of South Los Angeles also known as “the Jungle”, where her sister disappeared 25 years earlier. When a black teenage girl is found dead in an unfinished condominium, past and present collide in a riveting police procedural that brings together race, class, gender, and gentrification.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Matthew Landauer's "Dangerous Counsel"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Dangerous Counsel: Accountability and Advice in Ancient Greece by Matthew Landauer.

About the book, from the publisher:
We often talk loosely of the “tyranny of the majority” as a threat to the workings of democracy. But, in ancient Greece, the analogy of demos and tyrant was no mere metaphor, nor a simple reflection of elite prejudice. Instead, it highlighted an important structural feature of Athenian democracy. Like the tyrant, the Athenian demos was an unaccountable political actor with the power to hold its subordinates to account. And like the tyrant, the demos could be dangerous to counsel since the orator speaking before the assembled demos was accountable for the advice he gave.

With Dangerous Counsel, Matthew Landauer analyzes the sometimes ferocious and unpredictable politics of accountability in ancient Greece and offers novel readings of ancient history, philosophy, rhetoric, and drama. In comparing the demos to a tyrant, thinkers such as Herodotus, Plato, Isocrates, and Aristophanes were attempting to work out a theory of the badness of unaccountable power; to understand the basic logic of accountability and why it is difficult to get right; and to explore the ways in which political discourse is profoundly shaped by institutions and power relationships. In the process they created strikingly portable theories of counsel and accountability that traveled across political regime types and remain relevant to our contemporary political dilemmas.
Learn more about Dangerous Counsel at the University of Chicago Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Dangerous Counsel.

--Marshal Zeringue

Eleven top books on Iran

At the Waterstones blog, Mark Skinner tagged eleven top books on Iran, including:
Shah of Shahs
Ryszard Kapuscinski

A masterly piece of reportage from the firestorm of the Iranian revolution, Shah of Shahs details the twilight years of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the final Shah of Iran. A blistering account of paranoia, delusion and encroaching insurrection, Kapuscinski’s fast-paced narrative tells the dramatic story of a seismic fall from grace.
Read about another entry on the list.

Shah of Shahs is among Elliot Ackerman's six favorite books on war and rebellion and Kamin Mohammadi's top ten Iranian books.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

What is Mike Chen reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Mike Chen, author of A Beginning at the End.

His entry begins:
I'm currently starting an ARC of Rule, by Rowenna Miller. Rule is the final book in her Unraveled Kingdom trilogy, and I basically have been begging her for an ARC since I finished reading the second book Fray last year. The Unraveled Kingdom is a fantasy series, but it's very different from most fantasy works because of two choices that I absolutely adore. The first is that magic in this world is created through art. The passion an artist, be it weaving clothes or playing music, taps into a source of magical power for this world. The second is...[read on]
About A Beginning at the End, from the publisher:
Six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet’s population, the survivors are rebuilding the country, split between self-governing cities, hippie communes and wasteland gangs.In postapocalyptic San Francisco, former pop star Moira has created a new identity to finally escape her past—until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world on behalf of those too traumatized to go outside, determined to help everyone move on—even if they don’t want to. Rob survived the catastrophe with his daughter, Sunny, but lost his wife. When strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city’s eyes by connecting with people again.Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny are brought together by circumstance, and their lives begin to twine together. But when reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before—and everything they still stand to lose. Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.
Visit Mike Chen's website.

My Book, The Movie: Here and Now and Then.

Writers Read: Mike Chen.

--Marshal Zeringue

Five top novels with incredible child caregivers

Kiley Reid’s new novel is Such a Fun Age.

At LitHub she tagged five novels with incredible child caregivers, including:
Marisha Pessl, Special Topics In Calamity Physics

What I love about Special Topics In Calamity Physics are the numerous ways Marisha Pessl tells a story; there are countless lists and references and multiple choice equations and song lyrics. What I love about Hannah Schneider, the novel’s mysterious cinema teacher, is her witch-like appeal, her cunningness, and Pessl’s smartly applied mixture of insecurity and inappropriateness. Hannah privately selects promising students to attend cocktail and dinner parties at her home, but the promise of these students has little to do with their academic behavior. They are high schoolers, and while they don’t need to be looked after, they fall under Hannah’s spell. They seek Hannah’s approval and compete for her love. When danger presents itself, they look to her for safety, but by that time, it’s far too late.
Read about another entry on the list.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics is among Brian Boone's fifty essential high school stories.

The Page 69 Test: Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Rachel Hammersley's "James Harrington"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: James Harrington: An Intellectual Biography by Rachel Hammersley.

About the book, from the publisher:
Despite not being an active participant in the English Civil War, seventeenth-century political thinker James Harrington exercised an important influence on the ideas and politics of that crucial period of history. In The Commonwealth of Oceana he sought to explain why civil war had broken out in 1642, to put the case for commonwealth government, and to offer a detailed constitutional blueprint for a new and successful English government. In this intellectual biography of Harrington, Rachel Hammersley sets a fresh analysis of this and Harrington's other writings against the background of his life and the turbulent period in which he lived.

In doing so, this study seeks to move beyond the conventional view of Harrington as primarily a republican thinker, offering a broader and more comprehensive account of him which addresses the complexity of his republicanism as well as exploring his contributions to economic, historical, religious, philosophical, and scientific debates; his experimentation with vocabulary and literary form; and the relationship between his life and thought. Harrington is presented as an innovative political thinker, committed to democracy, social mobility, and meritocracy. Ultimately, this broader examination of Harrington's life and work opens a window on political, economic, religious, and scientific issues which serve to complicate understandings of the English Revolution, and sheds fresh light on the relevance of seventeenth-century ideas to the modern world.
Visit Rachel Hammersley's website.

The Page 99 Test: James Harrington: An Intellectual Biography.

--Marshal Zeringue

Seven top novels about Americans of color living abroad

Ruth Minah Buchwald is an intern at Electric Literature.

She tagged seven novels about Americans of color living abroad, including:
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

A gifted mathematician from the Midwest is scrutinized for her mixed-race background in both her personal and professional lives. She goes on to be one of the few women graduates of MIT in the 1960s and then to complete a fellowship in Bonn, Germany, where she plans on solving the challenging Riemann hypothesis. Math, family, and legacy are beautifully explored in Chung’s most recent novel.
Read about another entry on the list at Electric Lit.

The Tenth Muse is among Erica Wright's nine crime novels featuring glamorous women.

My Book, The Movie: The Tenth Muse.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pg. 69: Sarah Rees Brennan's "Daughter of Chaos"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: Daughter of Chaos (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Novel #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan.

About the book, from the publisher:
Half-witch, half-mortal sixteen-year-old Sabrina Spellman has made her choice: She's embraced her dark side and her witchy roots. Now her power is growing daily... but will it come at too high a price?

Sabrina Spellman has just made the hardest decision of her life: She's leaving behind her beloved friends at Baxter High. Now it's time to follow the path of night and find her way among the witches and warlocks at the Academy of Unseen Arts.

Sabrina has always been good at the school thing, but now she has a whole new world to navigate. Her power is growing daily, but it comes with a high price. She must always remember her new allegiances and the cost they have on her friends... and on herself.

And then there's her new classmates. Prudence, Dorcas, and Agatha are friends, kind of, but can Sabrina trust them? And what about Nick Scratch? He's as charming as ever, but will his feelings for Sabrina last?

Based on the hit Netflix show, this original YA novel tells an all-new, original story about Sabrina.
Visit Sarah Rees Brennan's website.

The Page 69 Test: Daughter of Chaos.

--Marshal Zeringue

Seven psychological thrillers with manipulative men narrators

Lisa Levy is a columnist and contributing editor at LitHub and CrimeReads.

At CrimeReads she tagged seven psychological thrillers with manipulative male narrators, including:
Samantha Downing, My Lovely Wife

Given the popularity of domestic suspense it’s not surprising that writers are starting to subvert expectations of what the genre can do. To wit, we’ve seen a number of domestic suspense novels told from the male point of view, in which the couple is in cahoots or the woman—or wife–is gaslighting her man. My Lovely Wife takes this premise to an extreme, and it’s a fantastic read. Wife is a stunner of a book. Read at your own peril and pleasure.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Lovely Wife is among Margot Hunt's top five villains who have had about enough of domestic life.

The Page 69 Test: My Lovely Wife.

--Marshal Zeringue

Pg. 99: Sun Sun Lim's "Transcendent Parenting"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Transcendent Parenting: Raising Children in the Digital Age by Sun Sun Lim.

About the book, from the publisher:
Whether members of the family are headed to school or work, smartphones accompany family members throughout the day. The growing sophistication of mobile communication has unleashed a proliferation of apps, channels, and platforms that link parents to their children and the key institutions in their lives. While parents may feel empowered by their ability to provide their children assistance with a click on their smartphone, they may also feel pressured and overwhelmed by this need to always be on call for their children.

This book focuses on the phenomenon of transcendent parenting, where parents actively use technology to go beyond traditional, physical practices of parenting. In drawing on the experiences of intensely digitally-connected families in Singapore to tell a global story, Sun Sun Lim argues how transcendent parenting can embody and convey, intentionally or not, the parenting priorities in these households. Chapters outline how parents exploit mobile connectivity to transcend the physical distance between themselves and their children, the online and offline social interaction environments, and the timelessness of seemingly ceaseless parenting. Transcendent Parenting further explores how mobile communication allows parents to be more involved than ever in their children's lives, leaving readers to question whether or not parents have become too involved as a result. With its clear discussions of the effects of transcendent parenting on parents' wellbeing and children's personal development, Transcendent Parenting will appeal to a broad audience of readers, from scholars, educators and policy makers to parents and young people across the globe.
Visit Sun Sun Lim's website.

The Page 99 Test: Transcendent Parenting.

--Marshal Zeringue

Six great science books

Chip Walter is an author, journalist, National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker and former CNN bureau chief. He has an unusually broad background that spans both science and entertainment.

Walter’s new book, his fifth, is Immortality, Inc. — Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions and the Quest to Live Forever.

At The Week magazine he tagged six great science books, including:
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins (1986).

This book reveals the power behind the DNA that long ago came into existence and makes all life, including us, possible. Dawkins encapsulates the complex forces that have shaped our evolution with such lucidity of mind and phrase that you never feel overwhelmed.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Blind Watchmaker is among Neil deGrasse Tyson's six favorite books and Steven Pinker's five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue