For this week’s nonfiction list we will actually be returning to the theme of biographies and reflections. On this list you’ll find a few household names you might recognize, maybe a few you’ll be seeing for the first time, but all tell great stories and lessons from first-hand experiences. Continue reading if you’re a fan of memoirs or biographies, or are interested in making your first dive into those genres…
1. No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox
Having grown up watching Back to the Future and learning that the star of the movie had been diagnosed with the same disease as my grandfather (Parkinson’s), I have come to be a big fan of Michael J. Fox’s. Needless to say I was incredibly excited when I learned he was coming out with No Time Like the Future. In this new book, Fox shares memories and observations surrounding various topics including health, aging, love, time, and how all of this affects our approach to mortality.
2. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
After going through months of anticipation since the announcement of its publication, A Promised Land has finally arrived. Set to be the first of a two-volume memoir by Barack Obama, it will be covering the time from his early political career, through to the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Obama describes what it was like becoming the first black man to be leader of the free word, providing a very interesting and intimate perspective for his readers.
3. One Life by Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup champion writes this memoir depicting her journey through life – the victories and the losses on and off the field, but all beginning with her first time kicking a soccer ball at the age of four. Rapinoe is also an incredible voice for the LGBTQIA+ community, having come out publicly as gay after the 2011 World Cup. She has since followed by using her platform to become an advocate for marriage equality.
4. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
This book strays from the path of our theme just slightly since it is more of a guide, but the message behind Acho’s new book is so important that it could not be left out. Plus, it is a reflection upon the systematic racism at play in America, so it is still a reflection nonetheless. After what started as a video series, Acho writes this book to tackle many questions that white Americans are afraid to ask, despite the fact that everybody needs the answers to them.
5. No One Asked for This: Essays by Cassie David
For our final item on the list, we arrive at what Entertainment Weekly described to be “blisteringly honest…kind of like if a David Sedaris book was written by an anxiety-ridden millennial who grew up in Hollywood.” David collects various essays into this one book to cover topics ranging from existential anxiety, misanthropy, (eccentric) family dynamics, public breakups, and more. She also writes all of this in a very witty way, creating the perfect balance that is dark humor and utter realism.