I have been making a concerted effort to read more non fiction novels for the last couple of years. It’s tough to get into for sure, but when I pick a book from this genre, I know it’s something that I absolutely want to read. I don’t get into the habit of picking what’s popular, though that’s not necessarily true in most cases: see Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I’m also a creature of habit so books that I tend to get into are either about politics or feminism.
Today, I thought I’d share with you the top 3 novels that have graced my bookshelves this year. These are the books that made such an impact on me; they made me think. And as in the case of one book, strengthen my conviction.
VISIONARY WOMEN: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet.
If you’re like me who has a vague sense of who these women are and would like to learn more about how they essentially changed the world, pick up this book. Here, you will learn about their impact in our environment. From urban planning, conservation and protection of the chimpanzees’ ecosystem; to the banning of highly toxic pesticides, these four women are the heroines who fought relentlessly to make our world a little bit safer. This is their brief autobiographies focused on their contributions to the world as we know it.
BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond, Adam Horowitz et al.
This book was extraordinary in all sense of the word. But the only way to enjoy this fully is by downloading the audio book and reading the physical copy at the same time. The audio book contains an amazing star-studded narrators while the hardback itself is a treasure trove of a multi-media feast. I’ve not read anything like it. I was only a semi-fan before but after reading it, I’ve become obsessed. The Beastie Boys’ contribution to hip-hop is truly extraordinary. These threeJewish boys from Brooklyn brought with them their own brand of rhymes and beats. Their humble beginnings and their collaborations with a few household names in both Rock and Hip Hop genres are the stuff dreams are made of. They also addressed/apologized for sexism & misogynistic lyrics in the past. Check out my Instagram for a complete look at this book.
NOTORIOUS RBG: The Life and Times or Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik. Illustrated by Ping Zhu
There are women whose stories inspire you. And there are women whose lives make you feel empowered and insignificant at the same time. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with the four women of the first book of this post, are those women. They fought against all odds at a time when women’s places are definitively at their homes and not on the streets in protest, or as in the case of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, in the law courts. To be instrumental to the institution of equality laws in your land at a time when women working was an incongruous as stay at home dads, was mind blowing and awe-inspiring to say the least.
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Becoming by Michelle Obama, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss & the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and A Model for America’s Future by Peter Buttigieg.