Hi everyone! Today I bring you some book recommendations. I don’t read nonfiction books ofter, but when I do, I usually end up really enjoying them. A while back I wrote a recommendation list with some Diverse Nonfiction Books and since then I have read some other nonfiction books that I love and I decided to write this list in case anyone was looking for some new amazing nonfiction books to read.
“In December 1991, Isabel Allende’s daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and shortly thereafter fell into a coma. During hours in the hospital, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious daughter. Chile, Allende’s native land, comes alive in this book, with the turbulent history of the military coup of 1973, the following dictatorship and her family’s years of exile.”
Why do I recommend it? This is my favorite nonfiction book I have ever read and one of my favorite books of all time. It’s beautifully written, Isabel Allende’s perspective and opinions about life, death, family and history are so interesting, the way she crafts an emotional and capativating story while being insighful and educational in terms of Chile’s hystory is outstanding and then there’s the end, which is heartbreaking. If you take one recommendation out of this post, let it be this one!
“Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula. It encompasses Allende’s life from 1991 to about 2005, and it recounts stories of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers around her and lovingly embraces as a new kind of family.”
Why do I recommend it? As much as I love Isabel Allende’s fiction, this book convinced me that her nonfiction is so much more powerful, raw and captivating than anything else she writes. And that’s really saying something because I LOVE her fiction books. The Sum of Our Days is as beautifully writen, emotional and impactful as her first memoir.
“When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.”
Why do I recommend it? This is the type of book that keeps you at the edge of your sit and makes it impossible to stop reading because you just want to know what is happening to Susannah. It’s such an engrossing, honest and intersting book. The first half is kind of a mix between a mystery thriller and a horror story and then the book becomes slower and more profund during her recovery and the last part is kind of like a medical journal but written by the patient.
“This book chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian man and women–all journalists but one–by the Medellín drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar’s attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender.”
Why do I recommend it? This is a fascinating and gripping account of real events and it’s incredibly well written. Garcia Marquez had access to the testimonies and accounts of a lot of important people in Colombia to write this book and it’s interesting to get to an inside look at what happened during this very well-known moment in Colombia’s history.
“In 1973, the film director Miguel Littín fled Chile after a U.S.-supported military coup toppled the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. The new dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, instituted a reign of terror. In 1985, Littín returned to Chile disguised as a Uruguayan businessman. With the help of three film crews from three different countries, each supposedly busy making a movie to promote tourism, he would secretly put together a film that would tell the truth about Pinochet’s benighted Chile. Afterwards, García Márquez sat down with Littín to hear the story of his escapade and then, he wrote it down.”
Why do I recommend it? This is a really short but well executed book that represents a very specific moment in Chile’s history and in Miguel Littin’s life. It’s told in first person and sometimes it’s easy to forget that it’s not written by Littin, Garcia Marquez talent makes it an engrossing and beautifully written story.
“Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.
The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems”
Why do I recommend it? This is an incredibly thought-provoking book that proposes a criticism of the beauty standars and the ideas about the body that society, the market and the media portrait and perpetute. It’s insigful, fascinating and eye opening. And what makes it truly special is that it talks about the body and body positivity not only thinking about weight, but taking into account race, disability, sexuality, gender and more intersecting forms and variations of types of bodies.
“Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. She spent the twelve months test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.“
Why do I recommend it? This is a very interesting book mainly because of the way Gretchen Rubin talks about happiness by quoting academy research and contrasting it with her own experience. I have found myself remembering and thinking about some of the things she said well after finishing the book. It’s the kind of book that sticks with you and makes you think and inspires you to do the things that will make you happier.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What nonfiction books you love and would recommend?
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