This week in Non-Fiction the focus appears to be on eating and living healthy lives, with a small secondary look to memoirs, and an even smaller tertiary peek at modern politics and the environment.
Betty Crocker is back in one of the best spots for recipe books, but over all the majority of the books in this section are geared towards super healthy recipes, recipes geared to a certain lifestyle, or to help with certain equipment choices such as slow cookers. There is a focus this week on health and most of these books are written or supplemented by experts, which is an improvement on earlier weeks when on occasion it appeared that the only thing a person needed to get a book published on weight loss was a natural proclivity towards muscles. Dr Jason Fung’s, The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, is one such example.
Mental Health is also under scrutiny this week, along with self-help books focused on making a person better at one or another aspect of life, such as leadership, economics or personal organisation. Cozy Minimalist Home, by Myquillyn Smith, is one such example which apparently teaches the reader to slim down the number of their belongings so that they can zero in on their personal style and be happier. Constance Immel and Florence Stacks’, Better Grammar in 30 Minutes Per Day, is similarly about making improvements to you every day life over a long time period, which will have a long lasting effect on your life, though this one is less about clutter in real life as it is in your writing one.
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This week’s choice of memoirs still has books such as Michelle Obama’s, Becoming, and Annejet van der Zijl’s books, An American Princess and A Boy Between Worlds fairly high up, but there are new books taking the chart by storm as well. A Hillbilly Elegy is one new book on the chart, which describes the author’s family’s move from Appalacia to Ohio and movement between the classes. This also links to the recent trend, that of political books seeking to explain how America reached the point which it has, books such as Sarah Kendzior’s, The View From Flyover Country, or Tim Alberta’s, American Carnage.
Nature writing and environmentally focused writing have made a little impact on the list this week. The Secret Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert, are both teaching reader about the world outside of humanity. The latter however shows the way that humanity has had a terrible impact on the world and has a more dire future ahead of it if it does not learn how to live more safely with the environment.
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