New Book Alert: December 2-6, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.

Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It by Richard Stengel (Atlantic Monthly Press; on sale October 8, 2019): It’s romantic to believe our education system was society’s immunity against disinformation; thankfully we don’t hafta live as prey. There was a glorious time when we mocked people who said they read it online; we clearly need to go back to that. #NewBookAlert for December 2, 2019.

Anyone: A Novel by Charles Soule (Harper Perennial; Science-Fiction on sale December 3, 2019): Following his first novel The Oracle Year Charles Soule’s latest Anyone is out today. The Oracle Year is a tiny bit sci-fi…more of a thriller. Anyone is firmly science-fiction. 3 of the best magical words in sci-fi: “a botched experiment…” And I’m In!! #NewBookAlert for December 3, 2019.

Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi (OR Books; Media on sale October 8, 2019): Matt Taibbi’s latest is a scintillating critique of the old man behind the wizard. A long overdue refutation of the ineptitude of political journalism. One of the most vital books to read especially as 2020 inches closer. Be sure to read Matt’s excellent work in Rolling Stone. Follow journalists not outlets. #NewBookAlert for December 4, 2019.

Dead Astronauts: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD Books; Science-Fiction on sale December 3, 2019): Earths (plural…that right there is sci-fi gold!). A strange journal. A raving madman. An all-powerful Company and finally a City with no name. I’m sold. Let’s go on this adventure or is it a nightmare? #NewBookAlert for December 5, 2019.

Not Afraid: The Evolution of Eminem by Anthony Bozza (Da Capo Press; Music on sale November 5, 2019): “The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Whatever You Say I Am, chronicling the last 20 years of rapper Eminem’s life.” I did not read Whatever You Say I Am however a modern focus on Em’s work is compelling; I’m not always interested in the climb up. I wanna know what it takes to sustain the mountaintop. #NewBookAlert for December 6, 2019.


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