Well, I’ve had a non-fiction ball! Now it’s back to the fiction for a while. I feel as though I’ve had a chance to do a lot of thinking, which is always a good thing. 🙂
I must say, I enjoyed all of these books. They were insightful, thought provoking and in some cases, mind blowing. 🧡
Is anyone else enjoying a non-fiction read at the moment?
My latest finished reads:
‘Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’ by Florence Given.
Genre – feminist non-fiction.
Length – 193 pages.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy.
Through Florence’s story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life, and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.
Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls’ by Mona Eltahawy.
Genre – feminist non-fiction.
Length – 228 pages.
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls identifies seven sins women and girls are socialised to avoid anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence and lust. With essays on each, Mona Eltahawy creates a stunning manifesto encouraging women worldwide to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchy. Drawing on her own life and the work of intersectional activists from around the world, MeToo and the Arab Spring, Eltahawys work defines what it is to be a feminist now.
‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ by Stephen Hawking.
Genre – science/cosmology.
Length – 143 pages.
The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.
Is there a God?
How did it all begin?
Can we predict the future?
What is inside a black hole?
Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
How do we shape the future?
Will we survive on Earth?
Should we colonise space?
Is time travel possible?
Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.
And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth – from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence – Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.
Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.
‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Genre – discrimination and racism.
Length – 273 pages.
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
‘Men Who Hate Women’ by Laura Bates.
Genre – feminism/social science.
Length – 366 pages.
Imagine a world in which a vast network of incels and other misogynists are able to operate, virtually undetected. These extremists commit deliberate terrorist acts against women. Vulnerable teenage boys are groomed and radicalised.
You don’t have to imagine that world. You already live in it. Perhaps you didn’t know, because we don’t like to talk about it. But it’s time we start.
In this urgent and groundbreaking book, Laura Bates, bestselling author and founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, goes undercover to expose vast misogynist networks and communities. It’s a deep dive into the worldwide extremism nobody talks about.
Interviews with former members of these groups and the people fighting against them gives unique insights on how this movement operates. Ideas are spread from the darkest corners of the internet – via trolls, media and celebrities – to schools, workplaces and the corridors of power, becoming a part of our collective consciousness.
Uncensored, and sometimes both shocking and terrifying – this is the uncomfortable truth about the world we live in. And what we must do to change it.
‘Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there’ by Richard Wiseman.
Genre – psychology.
Length – 353 pages.
Professor Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: paranormal phenomena don’t exist. But in the same way that the science of space travel transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs. Paranormality embarks on a wild ghost chase into this new science of the supernatural and is packed with activities that allow you to experience the impossible. So throw away your crystals, ditch your lucky charms and cancel your subscription to Reincarnation Weekly. It is time to discover the real secrets of the paranormal.
Learn how to control your dreams — and leave your body behind
Convince complete strangers that you know all about them
Unleash the power of your unconscious mind
Thanks for reading!
Why not check out one of my other reviews? Maybe you’ll find your perfect read.
Locked Away by MA Comley – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/locked-away-by-ma-comley-review/
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