NonFiction for when you want to Understand

By Zephyrus

By Zephyrus

Studies have shown that people retain more information and garner a deeper understanding when they read the information in the good old fashion ink and paper format.  Here is a selection of some books that are ideal for fostering a greater understanding of the world in which we live. 

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

Bessel Van Der Kolk

$19.00 $17.48

This is an excellent book for anyone either suffering from trauma or connected to someone suffering from trauma. I.e. this book is for everyone. Some of the material is hard to read, but this book left me with not only tools and understanding, but a profound sense of hope.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell

$18.00 $16.56

Malcolm Gladwell, once again, does a wonderful job of integrating data and stories then weaving them into a compelling narrative. This book is not necessarily filled with new information, but it does offer new perspectives on some commonly held beliefs and thoughts. What a beautiful gift, a chance to look at the world in a different way.

Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope

Johann Hari

$28.00 $25.20

This book is a lovely reminder and exploration of how our connection with people and society in general affects our mental health. There has been lots of research and talk recently about the chemistry of our brains, this book is a nice balance to that.

The Moral Basis of Democracy

Eleanor Roosevelt

$9.99 $9.19

This book should be the official US citizens handbook. As wave after wave of political strife and horror pummels us it can feel like we're drowning. That's how I feel. This book is like a lung full of oxygen. I think we all could use that right now. On a side note, I'm not religious and I balk pretty hard when religion and politics become entangled. Having said that, Ms. Roosevelt spoke of her religious beliefs and how they can/should affect politics in an enlightening, even inspiring way. What? me, a died in the wool atheist, found her talk Christ and politics inspiring? That alone should make you curious enough to read this book.

Art of Living: The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

Epictetus and Sharon Lebell

$14.99 $13.79

This is a beautiful little primer on life. Whether you're well versed in clasical philosophy or just dipping your toes in the pool for the first time, this book is wonderful. Easy to digest morsels of insight and knowledge that will leave you feeling satiated and hungry for more all at the same time.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Anniversary)

Pema Chodron

$16.95 $15.59

What a wonderful book. I don't know as it contains any new ideas but Pema disseminates Buddhist teaching is a very digestible relatable way and I think anyone's life could be improved by reading this book.

How to Resist Amazon and Why

Danny Caine

$4.95 $4.55

Do you like stories? Do you read books? Do you live in a community? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you. A brilliant little primer that gives clear answers as to why you should support your local indie bookstores specifically and small businesses in general.