Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

Reader J.B. recommended the Hardy Boys series:

I’ve been reading the Hardy Boys series aloud to my children (three boys, one girl, ages 4,7,8,10), and I think I enjoy them as much as they do. Not only entertaining, it is quite refreshing to read how they solve problems with only their ingenuity and their bare hands. The boys are smart, funny, hard-working, and chivalrous to their young lady friends. They respect their parents. They know when and how to fight, build a fire, and track animals and people. They take the blame when necessary and work hard to make their mistakes right without complaining. These stories provide an excellent opportunity to engage discussions in science, nature, bullies, history, manliness, respect, and emergency preparedness.

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Reader S.R. suggested Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot by Sarah Marquis. A female’s ten-thousand-mile solo hike surviving extreme temperatures, thieves, dehydration, an abscess, and more. Not a continuous journey and she had help, but still an educational read.

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H.L. suggested War Day by Whitley Streiber and James Kunetka. Written in 1984, it’s the first novel to deal with the aftereffects of an EMP attack and strikes on our ICBM fields. Five years after war day two Dallas reporters travel the country, trying to put together a coherent picture of how the USA is doing, with interviews with many different folks. Very thoughtful book, all in all.

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R.T. suggested The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God’s Creation by Joel Salatin

Unfortunately mis-titled, it’s not about pigs. Its target audience is denominational Christian farmers who subscribe to corporate-style farming.