5 Most Popular Posts: December 2019

  • January 2, 2020

We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. Seriously, though, here are December’s winners.

5 Most Popular Posts: December 2019

  1. K.L. Romo’s review of The One That Got Away: A Novel by Melissa Pimentel (St. Martin’s Press). “In this lighthearted reimagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Melissa Pimentel tells the story of a passionate romance that dwindles into lost love. Back from college one summer, Ruby Atlas meets a handsome bartender at a local pub in her small Massachusetts hometown and is swept off her feet. Ethan Bailey is good-looking, charming, and compassionate. What more could a girl want?”

  2. “The Best Book I Read All Year Was…” Members of the Independent team share some of their favorites.

  3. Kitty Kelley’s review of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians by David M. Rubenstein (Simon & Schuster). “The American Story shows almost every president to have had a flaw that scarred his legacy: FDR turned away Jewish refugees, sending them back to sure death under Hitler; JFK misfired on the Bay of Pigs; Richard Nixon resigned over Watergate; Vietnam doomed Lyndon Johnson; and, with the exception of John Adams, all the Founding Fathers owned slaves. Yet, as Walter Isaacson put it so well, ‘The Founders were the best team ever fielded.’”

  4. “No, Dash, Santa Didn’t Die” by Art Taylor. “No, there is no fat man in a red suit traveling the world, sack on back, popping down chimneys (and not because he died). But, yes, Santa is real. Santa is a spirit of sorts, I told him — a spirit of love and generosity and happiness — and when his mom and I play Santa, it’s really us inspired by all those emotions and desires, by the spirit of goodness in the world, or the faith and hope in that goodness. At least, I think that’s what I said.”

  5. Tyler Cymet’s review of Who Says You’re Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned by Jacob M. Appel (Algonquin Books). “The book covers the core curriculum of medical ethics in a way that doesn’t scream ‘medical textbook.’ Instead, it reveals the deft hand of a storyteller sharing how society has agreed to tackle those complex problems that have no clear or obvious answers.”

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