Saturday, October 12, 2019

We always must search for truth

"Grab bag" might sound like a pretty silly category.

But it fit 100 Nonfiction Books I Recommend because these books are all over the map. There's a memoir, one on trauma, social sciences, a new look on psychology, glamour, marketing and more. Yes, "grab bag" makes sense!

So 70 books into 100 Nonfiction Books I Recommend, we have the grab-bag category with the following:

1. Lost Connections (2018) by Johann Hari
2. Humans Are Underrated (2015) by Geoff Colvin
3. The Mask of Masculinity (2017) by Lewis Howes
4. This Is Marketing (2018) by Seth Godin
5. The Power of Glamour (2013) by Virginia Postrel
6. A Book of Mentors (2015) by Gillian Zoe Segal
7. The Rules Do Not Apply (2017) by Ariel Levy
8. The Souls of Yellow Folk (2018) by Wesley Yang
9. The Body Keeps the Score (2014) by Bessel Van Der Kolk
10. Lies My Teacher Told Me (1995, new edition 2018) by James Loewen

Truth be told, this was one of my favorite categories of this project but the hardest to write. An elephant in the room is curiosity. Too often in life, I think we get an idea about something and just go with it. It brings me back to one of my favorite quotes ever by Mark Twain: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

So I loved this category because I was so curious about these topics. History textbooks. Trauma. The Asian-American experience. Losing a baby from a strong woman. Billionaires. Glamour. Marketing. Masculinity. What it means to be human. Authentic connection and depression.

Yeah, I call this category grab bag, but it really shows how books provide such a better understanding of important subjects. And, y'know what, I have a crazy-long list of other books I'm curious about to read. But these brought it. They delivered, and I appreciate them and their authors.

Three categories left. But, man, I am toast. I need a break. So we'll do a special post on Monday and take a week off before we return to the 100 Nonfiction Books I Recommend on Monday Oct. 21. We're then going to hit up our final three categories — sports, leadership and what readers have recommended to me. Stay tuned!

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