7 Best Nonfiction Books For Adults Update 05/2022

Nonfiction Books For Adults

As many as a hundred or so books are put into the Library’s collection every month. Here are some of the most popular nonfiction books for people over the age of 18.

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

Zauner, Michelle

Crying in H Mart A Memoir

Zauner, a member of the indie band Japanese Breakfast, tells a story about growing up as a Korean-American girl, losing her mother, and making her own identity. When she was a child, she was the only Asian-American person at her school in Eugene, Oregon. She had a difficult adolescence because her mother had high expectations for her. She spent a lot of time with her mother in Seoul, where they ate a lot of food together. Her Koreanness became less and less important as she grew up. At the same time, she found the life she wanted to live. Michelle’s mother was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer when Michelle was twenty-five, which made her think about who she was and what her mother had given her. She had to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Brown, Brené

“When we read Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 85 of the emotions and experiences that make us who we are. Throughout the book, she lays out the skills and steps we need to build meaningful connections. She gives us the language and tools to open up a world of new choices and second chances. We can share and care for the stories of our most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection. Over the last two decades, Brown has done a lot of research into the things that make us who we are. This research has helped shape the cultural conversation about what it means to be courageous and what it means to be brave. Research shows that naming an experience doesn’t give it more power, but it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research and Brown’s unique skills as a researcher and storyteller to lay out an important, research-based framework. Brown owns, “With an adventurous heart and the right maps, I think we can go anywhere and never lose ourselves. Even if we don’t know where we are. —

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

Graeber, David

“A ground-breaking account of human history that challenges our most basic assumptions about social evolution, from the development of agriculture and cities to the rise of “the state,” political violence, and social inequality. It also reveals new ways for humans to be free. For a long time, our distant ancestors have been thought of as primitive and childlike. They were either free and equal innocents, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, can only be achieved if we give up our original freedoms or, alternatively, if we control our instincts and do not do what we do not want to do. How did these theories first start? David Graeber and David Wengrow show that they began to appear in the eighteenth century as a conservative response to powerful critiques of European society by Indigenous observers and intellectuals. When we look back at this meeting, it has a lot to say about how we think about human history today, including how farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery, and civilization itself came to be. The authors use groundbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology to show how history becomes a lot more interesting when we learn to let go of our preconceptions and see what’s really there. In the past, when humans didn’t live in small groups of hunter-gatherers, what did they do? If farming and cities didn’t lead to a rise in power and dominance, then what kinds of social and economic structures did they lead to instead of that? Many of the answers aren’t what we expect, and they suggest that the course of human history may not be as set in stone as we think. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally changes how we think about the history of humanity and shows us how to think about new forms of freedom and new ways to organize society.” —

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results : An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Clear, James

Atomic Habits Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

He is a top expert on habit formation, and he gives practical advice on how to build good habits, break bad ones, and master the small behaviors that lead to big results.

Braiding Sweetgrass

Kimmerer, Robin Wall

“Native American knowledge, plant science, and personal stories from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American who won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing in the previous book, Gathering Moss. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a botanist and professor of plant ecology. She has spent a lot of time learning how to ask questions of nature with the help of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. When Kimmerer writes Braiding Sweetgrass, she brings these two ways of knowing together to show what it means to see humans as “the younger brothers of the world.” As she talks about these topics, she circles back to a main point: to become more eco-conscious, we need to recognize and celebrate our mutual relationship with the world. Listening to other people’s words can help us understand the many life-giving gifts the world gives us. We can also learn to thank them, care for them and give back in return.” —

These Precious Days: Essays

Patchett, Ann

Author: “The beloved New York Times bestselling author talks about her life and writing in this deeply personal collection of short stories.”

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Van der Kolk, Bessel A.

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s top experts on traumatic stress has come up with a new way to help people who have been hurt. Getting hurt is part of life. In the U.S., one in five people have been molested; one in four people have been raised by alcoholics; one in three couples have been physically violent. Such experiences are bound to leave a mark on people’s minds, emotions, and even their bodies. Trauma victims often pass on their stress to their partners and children. An expert on trauma named Bessel van der Kolk has worked with survivors for more than three decades now. In The Body Keeps the Score, he shows how traumatic stress changes the brain’s wiring, especially in areas that are important for pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how new treatments like neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies can help reactivate these parts of the brain. A book called The Body Keeps the Score is based on Dr. van der Kolk’s research and that of other top experts. It has proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy, as well as a way to get back on your feet. (syndetics)

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