I read a large amount of great non-fiction this year. Here are a few of the best.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett – Patchett proves that she’s a great writer, full stop, not just a fiction writer. Each of the articles/essays in this book is touching and well written. I want to read it again and again.
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg – I read this book soon after starting a job leading a female centered program. Sandberg’s wisdom has been so helpful in remembering that insecurities or imposter syndrome should never stop me. Take your rightful place at the table. Every woman should read this. Men too!
Simplicity – Richard Rohr – Has Rohr written a bad book? This book was written in the 80s and yet his wisdom for the church could have been written last week. Unfortunately, the church didn’t listen in the 80s.
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg – A psychology book written for the non-psychologist to understand why some people can successfully break habits and others can’t. He breaks down the components of a habit (good or bad) and shows how those components need to remain if habit change is to be successful.
Leaving Church – Barbara Brown Taylor – My love of this book is intensely personal. The story of one woman’s joining the priesthood and later leaving it.
A Fighting Chance – Elizabeth Warren – Part autobiography, part schooling in the great recession and the financial institutions of the US, this book shows how big banks are stacking the decks against average Americans and what is being done to fight this.
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai – The story of the brave girl who fought for the rights of girls to get an education and was nearly killed for her fight.