Does the word ‘non-fiction’ make you cringe? Does your mind wander off to your boring high school textbooks? Well, join the club because I used to be one of you too. But, fear not for I am here to tell you that non-fiction is not as bad as it seems. In fact, it can be just as thrilling as any novel out there.
There are a few non-fiction books out there that will completely blow you away. So, here is a list of some informative non-fiction books that will make you rethink your reading choices.
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This book questions the ethics of the medical industry and how they have profited from the medical advancements made by using the cells of an African American woman without her consent.
Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks and how her cells, which were taken in 1951 without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine.
This book will make you question the concept of ownership and justice.
2. The Sixth ExtinctionAn Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
This book explores the possibility of the Earth going through another mass extinction and how humans are the cause of it. Kolbert takes the readers on a journey through history and science to understand why species are disappearing at an alarming rate.
This book will make you rethink your actions and how every decision you make impacts the world.
3. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
This book presents a harsh reality of the American criminal justice system. Alexander explains the systematic discrimination against African Americans in the legal system and how the “War on Drugs” was used as a tool of racial control.
This book will make you rethink the concept of race and justice in America.
4. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
This book is a terrifying and gripping account of the disastrous Everest expedition of 1996. Krakauer, a journalist, and climber, was there to witness the whole thing unfold. The book gives a glimpse into the world of extreme adventure and how it can go wrong in a blink of an eye.
This book will make you feel grateful for the small things in life.
5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This book is dubbed as the first true crime novel and for good reason. Capote tells the story of the brutal murder of a Kansas family in 1959 and how it affected the town and the nation. Capote used extensive research and interviews with the perpetrators to give a chilling insight into the mind of the killers.
This book will leave you questioning the human psyche.
The Bottom Line
So there you have it, folks, some of the most informative and engaging non-fiction books out there. These books have the power to educate, entertain and most importantly, make you rethink your view of the world.
Non-fiction is not restricted to textbooks and manuals, it is a genre that is equally in tune with the human experience as fiction.
So, the next time you are at a bookstore, make sure you give the non-fiction section a chance, you might just surprise yourself.