Non-fiction … it’s informative, introspective, and eye-opening. And, it comes in many different forms: science, memoir, history, self-help, and so much more. Perhaps, most noteworthy of all, there’s never a shortage of good non-fiction. Since you have a lot more downtime in your apartment these days, why not commit to a new book? Below, you’ll find our top 4 non-fiction book picks of 2020:
“Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” By Robert Kolker
If you’re interested in anything surrounding the science of mental health, then this true-to-life account of the Galvin family is for you. “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family,” tells the story of Don and Mimi Galvin. The couple moved to Colorado soon after World War II, where they raised their 12 children that perfectly spanned the “Baby Boom.” Underneath their American Dream, however, lay darkness, which was brought about by the fact that six of the ten Galvin boys were diagnosed as schizophrenic and would go on to influence decades of genetic research that continues today.
“Untamed” By Glennon Doyle
Activist thought leader, and philanthropist, Glennon Doyle, follows up her two New York Times Bestsellers, “Love Warrior” and “Carry On, Warrior,” with her rawest memoir yet, “Untamed.” This honest memoir recalls the moment where Doyle fell in love with her wife, American soccer player, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Abby Wambach. Doyle brilliantly weaves in her personal narrative to a universal one: we should never abandon ourselves – whether it’d be our desires, intuition, or imagination. We should take inspiration from Doyle and reclaim our true, untamed selves.
The Beauty in the Breaking By Michele Harper
Timely and moving, “The Beauty in the Breaking” is another memoir, where African American emergency room physician, Michele Harper, shares her difficulties in navigating the overwhelmingly male and white-dominated medical field. Growing up in an abusive household, Harper works her way through Harvard, a failed marriage, and other life obstacles to become successful within her career. She does this through developing empathy for others – forming parallels between her life experiences and theirs and working towards self-healing in her own life journey.
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope By Jon Meacham
Recently, we lost a historical icon in America, and his name was John Lewis. At the age of 25, Lewis marched in Selma, Alabama for his community’s access to basic Civil Rights. Simultaneously, the young man made his way into the hearts of many American citizens as a longtime U.S. congressman. If you know anything of Lewis, you are aware that his life work revolved around justice for African Americans, and his struggle for his community spanned the entirety of his life. Pulitzer- Prize-winning author, Jon Meacham, now sits down Lewis’ story in “His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.”
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