This non-fiction collection is a bit of a motley crew of books I’ve found interesting, enlightening or impactful. They range from serious to light and fluffy, but hopefully you’ll find something to intrigue you.
by Elie Wiesel
This book is emotionally heavy but powerful, for such a brief read. A renown holocaust tale written masterfully by Elie Weisel. Oprah says it should be required reading for all of humanity, and I’m inclined to agree.
If your brain doesn’t jive well with the left-brained/linear/logical way of thinking, this book is a fantastic read. It’s an interesting perspective on how the world is changing to increasingly incorporate both sides of our brain, plus really great ways you can put this into practice for yourself.
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
My parents had the audiobook of this, and I’ve passed many a happy hour in the car listening to this interesting variety of bite-sized history lessons. My dad uses it to fall asleep at night because it’s incredibly calming to listen to. But it’s not boring—I learned a lot.
Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge
by Eleanor Herman
This book reads like a gossip column, only the juicy stories are about kings, queens, mistresses and courtiers in European history. If you like history and People magazine, you’ll love this.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson
If you don’t already know about @thebloggess on Twitter, go ahead and follow her. This book is laugh out loud funny and also incredibly real. Jenny shares wildly funny stories, including some really vulnerable ones about living with mental illness. I love her so dearly.
by Tina Fey
Highly recommend the audiobook (read by Tina herself!) Smart and funny and an intriguing insight into the personal life of an actor/comedian. This is my favorite of the “SNL stars turned author” books.