Review | The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch – Miles Harvey

About the Book The riveting story of the most infamous American con man you’ve never heard of: James Strang, self-proclaimed divine king of earth, heaven, and an island in Lake Michigan, until his assassination in 1856. In the summer of 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, vanished from a rural town…

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Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State – Barton Gellman

About the Book Edward Snowden chose three journalists to tell the stories in his Top Secret trove of NSA documents: Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian and filmmaker Laura Poitras, all of whom would share the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Poitras went on to direct the Oscar-winning Citizenfour. Greenwald wrote an instant memoir…

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Review | Horizon – Barry Lopez

About the Book From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters–human, animal, and natural–that have shaped an extraordinary life. Taking us nearly from pole to pole–from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth–and…

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Review | Surfacing – Kathleen Jamie

About the Book In this remarkable blend of memoir, cultural history, and travelogue, poet and author Kathleen Jamie touches points on a timeline spanning millennia, and considers what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. From the thawing tundra linking a Yup’ik village in Alaska to its hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes…

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Review | The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century – Thant Myint-U

About the Book Precariously positioned between China and India, Burma’s population has suffered dictatorship, natural disaster, and the dark legacies of colonial rule. But when decades of military dictatorship finally ended and internationally beloved Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from long years of house arrest, hopes soared. World leaders such as Barack Obama…

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Update | Book Stuff

Well, I figure it’s time I sit down and lay down an update for those of you who are interested. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my own books. I am TERRIBLE at self-promotion. As you may or may not know, Of Honey and Wildfires dropped in April, and it’s going well. It’s…

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