You all know I love reading nonfiction and learning new things. A few months ago, I posted about the recent nonfiction additions to my TBR. And, since I am constantly adding new things (in part, thanks to your recommendations), I thought I’d share some of the newest additions to my TBR.
I think this a fairly diverse group of books – in terms of actual diversity and in subject matter – and I’m pretty happy with them. I really enjoy reading nonfiction about subjects I’m curious about, or feel like I should learn more about, and I think these all definitely fit the mold.
Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen
This is an upcoming release I actually pan on reading in the next few days. It’s a memoir about what it means to be an indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence. I think this is going to make me uncomfortable, but in a good way – because we need that in order to learn be better advocates for change.
I definitely think that racism and gun violence are two massive problems in America, and they are definitely something I want to understand more about. I also feel like, as I’ve been reading more about these issues, I haven’t really been reading much about or from the perspective of indigenous peoples, and they should be part of my personal education, too. This seems like a great book, and I am very much looking forward to reading it very soon.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brian, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk
I’m not sure where I heard about this one, but it immediately caught my attention. Personally, I have a lot of stress trauma stemming from emotional abuse from my childhood. I also have a lot of physical health issues, including chronic pain. Which I’m starting to realize might be related. It’s something I’m working on trying to heal, but I do want to understand more about it.
This book not only discusses how trauma experiences and stress can affect all other aspects of your life, it talks about ways to fix them. Severe stress, especially as a child literally rewires your brain, and it has taken me years to see how sometimes, the way I see things or think about things isn’t really normal. It’s definitely something I want to try and fix, and I’m curious to see if this book might be able to give some more insight on how to do that.
The Perfect Father: The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder by John Glatt
I’m pretty sure we all heard this story. It was huge news a few years ago – the father who killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters so he could have an affair. Personally, I am fascinated by true crime and followed this story pretty closely in the news.
One of you recommended this to me – I can’t find the comment anymore, but if this was you, let me know so I can give you credit – and I immediately added it to my TBR. I’m just really want to know more about this case, and it’ll definitely be what I’m picking up next time I need a true crime fix.
The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper
This is a memoir about a woman who, just as she is about to begin her career as an ER doctor, is left by her husband. It’s about the challenge of healing while also helping other people. But she also talks about being a female, African American physician in a field where there aren’t very many of them.
I have really been seeking out stories like this by black authors. Stories that are just about their lives in America and the challenges they face that I’m not familiar with. I also actually work at a medical school (not a doctor), and think it might be interesting to explore that from a different side.
The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong
I have suffered from depression for most of my life (don’t worry, I’m a lot better lately). But I can’t imagine how bad it must have gotten for this woman to try this insane experimental treatment. After eighteen months of suicidal depression, she participated in an experimental study in which doctors put her in a chemically induced coma, approximating brain death. Ten times. She flatlined for a full fifteen minutes each time. This woman voluntarily died ten times so that she could want to live. And, somehow, it worked. After the study, she hasn’t experienced any suicidal depression.
I love book that combine memoir and science, and I just really need to know more information about this whole thing. It seems insane, both that anyone would want to try it and that it worked.
That’s it for this list! Hope you enjoyed this post!
Let me know in the comments: Are any of these on your TBR? What nonfiction have you added to your reading list lately?