While fiction often captures our imagination and takes us to fantastical worlds, the world of non-fiction opens doors to knowledge, insights, and real-life experiences. Non-fiction books span a vast array of subjects, from history and science to self-help and biographies, offering readers a chance to explore the depths of reality and gain a deeper understanding of the world. In this article, we dive into the world of non-fiction, exploring some must-read books and emerging authors who are making a mark with their thought-provoking works.
1. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
“Sapiens” is a groundbreaking work that takes readers on a journey through the history of Homo sapiens. With meticulous research and engaging storytelling, Yuval Noah Harari delves into the evolution of humankind, from the earliest days of foraging societies to the complexities of modern civilizations. This book offers a captivating perspective on how humans have shaped the world around them and the challenges that lie ahead. “Sapiens” is a must-read for anyone curious about the history of our species and the forces that have shaped our societies.
“I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history…you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”— Bill Gates
Interesting and provocative…It gives you a sense of perspective on how briefly we’ve been on this earth, how short things like agriculture and science have been around, and why it makes sense for us to not take them for granted.”— President Barack Obama
“Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…. Fascinating.”— Wall Street Journal
2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
In her memoir “Becoming,” former First Lady Michelle Obama offers an intimate and inspiring account of her life’s journey. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years in the White House, Michelle Obama shares candid reflections on her experiences, struggles, and triumphs. The book serves as a powerful testament to the importance of authenticity, resilience, and the impact of making a difference in the lives of others. “Becoming” is a poignant memoir that resonates with readers of all backgrounds and ages.
An inspirational memoir that also rings true — Gaby Wood― Daily Telegraph, Five Stars
Inspiring. . . After 421 pages of Becoming, I closed the book hoping that one day she would use her formidable intelligence, humanity – and humour – to offer a more tangible vision for how America might fight the rising tides of polarisation and hate― Financial Times
Obama’s memoir is a genuine page-turner, full of intimacies and reflections. . . Allied to this candour is a steeliness of purpose. It is no exaggeration to say that every page of this book is, explicitly or otherwise, a reproach to Donald Trump, and a call-to-arms to those who would defeat the 45th President and all that he stands for — Matt D’Ancona― Evening Standard
3. “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear
“Atomic Habits” by James Clear is a game-changer in the self-help genre. Drawing on scientific research and real-life examples, Clear reveals the transformative power of small habits and their impact on personal and professional success. The book offers practical strategies to build positive habits and break free from detrimental ones. With its actionable advice and engaging writing style, “Atomic Habits” empowers readers to take control of their lives and create lasting change.
“A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distills the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less.”-Mark Manson, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
“James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.”-Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
“A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life.”-Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy
4. “Educated” by Tara Westover
“Educated” is a powerful memoir by Tara Westover that chronicles her journey from growing up in a strict and isolated family in rural Idaho to pursuing education and breaking free from her past. Despite facing numerous obstacles and challenges, Tara’s determination to educate herself leads her on a path of self-discovery and empowerment. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of education and the resilience of the human spirit.
An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU’VE HEARD.— Bill Gates
Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote described in tidy prose attests. That someone who grew up in her circumstances could achieve as much as she has is astonishing . . . The central tension she wrestles with throughout her book is how to be true to herself without alienating her family. Her upbringing was extraordinary, but that struggle is not.― The Economist
This memoir [is] one of the wisest accounts of family love and betrayal that I’ve read― Mail on Sunday
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Rebecca Skloot’s narrative non-fiction “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” unravels the captivating story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used without her knowledge for groundbreaking medical research. The book raises questions about medical ethics and the far-reaching impact of Lacks’s cells on scientific discoveries.
No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book. — Hilary Mantel― Guardian
An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman’s cells have saved countless lives.― Daily Telegraph
A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent.― Metro