Let’s face it, it’s been a bizarre year.
If you’ve been looking for a way to escape the endless cycle of reality television, 24/7 cable coverage and bizarre tweets that constitute political “discourse’’ these days, here are some reading recommendations that provide needed balance, eloquent emotional impact and perspective on a world beyond the ongoing carnival.
Most do not deal directly with political and social issues; it’s rare, particularly in fiction, for such work to be produced in real time. But the critique is implicit, and the words matter – and are delivered with far more care than what you may be reading on Facebook.
Many are available at local bookstores. Lest we forget, a library card gets you free admission to the excellent libraries throughout the county, with a special shout-out to the Monterey Public Library, which is…
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