SECULOSITY, David Zahl

Even though I finished SECULOSITY back in Jan., I am still recommending it unreservedly; an instant classic.  Just look at that subtitle:  "How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It."  !!!  Zahl aptly diagnoses our culture's tendency to give ultimate value to almost every activity in our lives, hoping it grants us "enoughness" ... while in fact all this does is stress us out by elevating the merely "good" to the "vital."  We have not rejected religion in 20th-century America; we've merely replaced it with a set of much crueler masters.

THE MOSQUITO COAST, Paul Theroux
STARTED August 2020

I've owned this book for nearly four decades now; not sure why it has taken me so long!  I do like the movie -- which I included in my recent tome THE BEST MOVIES YOU NEVER SAW, as I consider it Harrison Ford's finest hour (or two hours).  Time to see what all the fuss was about when this book was released so many years ago.

PRAIRIE SCHOOL, Lois Lenski

STARTED August 2020

Yep, this old baby is pretty beat up -- but that don't bother me.  Found it in the free box at the Groton, NY, public library while visiting Mom last week.  Rural tale from 1951 with lovely retro illustraions; right up my alley.  Can't wait.

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