Educated, an autobiographical work by Tara Westover, challenges the reader to consider just what being educated means.
Tom Nichols’ book sports a provocative title, which he qualifies early on: “While expertise isn’t dead, however, it’s in trouble.” It may well be that any regard for expertise is sick unto death.
This book makes one wonder about what we call civilization and a “normal” social life or, for that matter, what leaving it all behind might mean.
No particular agenda (philosophical or religious) is brought forward by this account. The author’s words in a prologue/disclaimer at the book’s beginning may best describe its intent: “What’s important is who they were, and are; and who I was and became. I hope I have managed to be faithful to the experience we shared.”
Family conflicts and the breakdown of relationships are grist for the mill in much of popular fiction
In a world where Christ believers are routinely castigated by skilled polemicists, respected scientists and internet trolls alike it is refreshing to happen upon a serious novel that treats Christian concerns with respect, intellect and a certain level of affection. Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things is that sort of work. At the very least, the promise in the premise is pregnant with possibilities.