Mid-June 2017 New Non-fiction

Well, back from vacation and with a slew of recommendations for new non-fiction books to read during the lazy days of summer… Who says lazy has to mean boring?

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
by: David Sedaris

Shares the author’s favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
by: Al Franken

The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America’s deeply polarized political culture.

Hillbilly Elegy
by: J.D. Vance

Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
by: Mark Manson

This book is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.

Make Your Bed
by: William H. McRaven

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

The Hidden Life of Trees
by: Peter Wohlleben

A forester’s fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.

Hallelujah Anyway
by: Anne Lamott

An exploration of mercy, its elusive presence, and why people ignore or embrace it shares advice for forging deeper self-understanding and how to pursue an honest, meaningful life that involves kindness to others.

Get Your Sh*t Together
by: Sarah Knight

The second in this month’s selection of good books with unnecessary profanity in the title: Provides a straight-talking, humorous, and helpful guide to shedding self-doubt and finding one’s own path to success.

When Breath Becomes Air
by: Paul Kalanithi

With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality.