Andrea’s Book Nook: non-fiction book recommendations
By Andrea Silva, October 29, 2022—
Many people have experienced events that changed their lives or helped change the lives of others, and some are even willing to share what they have learned. Here are some non-fiction books that are definitely worth checking out.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah:
This book is a memoir by Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who grew up in South Africa. In this book, Noah shares his perspective as the child of a Swiss father and an African mother born during apartheid, where his existence was considered a criminal and punishable act. The author shares various anecdotes about his childhood surrounded by poverty, violence and systemic oppression, and how his skin color gave him both privileges and challenges in a divided and hostile environment. I personally recommend listening to the audiobook, which is narrated by Noah himself.
Why We Sleep: Unleashing the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker:
After watching a TED Talk on the book and researching the information, I felt compelled to read it. Why We Sleep is an insightful non-fiction read that discusses the massive impact sleep has on all aspects of our lives and how it is systematically underestimated by modern society. In this book, sleep expert Matthew Walker examines how our sleep patterns are key determinants of our mental health and well-being, our productivity, and how they help prevent many illnesses. Overall, the message of this book is crucial: sleep is something people need to pay more attention to in order to have a better quality of life.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari:
This is a different type of reading from the last two mentioned. Throughout this book, Harari tells the story of mankind from how it all began 13.5 billion years ago to the present day. At first, it may seem like a daunting read, but the narrative is extremely fluid, entertaining, and contains subtle humor. This book not only describes the events and processes that have brought us to this point, but also invites the reader to reflect on the future and on the type of world we want to have and on the sustainability of the current model. I recommend reading this book not only for all the information you will learn, but also for how it can change your perspective on how the world works.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of It Now by Meg Jay:
As stated in the title, the premise of this book is that the choices we make in our twenties are the most crucial and impactful we will ever make. Divided into three sections ‘Work’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Brain of the Body’, this is an engaging read filled with practical advice on how to be mindful and intentional about the decisions we make in this time. of our life. . The author combines his research and clinical work to provide the reader with a realistic picture of typical issues and challenges that people in their twenties face, and what are the scientifically proven strategies to deal with them. Overall, this is a non-fiction book that invites the reader to reflect on the significance of our twenties and how to make them worthwhile.