Mikics's biography of Stanley Kubrick shows us the intensity of an artist that is connected in all ways to American culture at large. Kubrick's influential filmmaking is nearly unmatched in the history of American cinema, and this book tells all about the life that led to the career. It discusses his early work as a photographer, his family, his filmography, and how his obsession with what Hollywood was lacking at the time led him to make films... (read more)Recommended by Eric L.
In Dopesick, Beth Macy exposes the heartbreaking realities of those individuals and communities affected by the opioid epidemic in America; its scope ranges from small-time drug pushers to the corporations and doctors that peddled the deadliest and most addicting drugs to unsuspecting patients, ruining lives along the way. This book is a humanitarian plea for those responsible to right the wrongs caused by their greed. It will both... (read more)Recommended by Eric L.
With a powerfully dark sense of humor, Jennifer Wright's dive into the most infamous diseases throughout history is incredibly well-researched and insightful. She highlights the world's most mysterious and deadly epidemics, from the Dancing Plague of 1518 to Typhoid Mary and beyond, as well as the people who dedicated their lives to fighting them; this is a uniquely fascinating history.Recommended by Eric L.
Erik Loomis gives us a riveting history of America, a tribute to the triumphs and tribulations of the labor movement throughout the nation's history and the people that threatened the existing power structures and corporate greed, igniting widespread change. In this book are 10 defining moments from the 19th and 20th centuries in which workers were determined to fight for their rights and their lives.Recommended by Eric L.