Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday: The author shares his philosophy that much of our history is made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.
Halloween: the history of America’s darkest holiday by David Skal: Skal examines the tradition’s dark Celtic history and traces its evolution in the course of a few generations from a quaint, small-scale celebration to a mammoth marketing event.
Murder in the Bayou by Ethan Brown: An explosive, true-life southern gothic story, Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.
White Trash by Nancy Isenberg: Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, history professor Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society — where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.
Making Work Work by Shola Richards: This book focuses on inspiring current and future leaders to start a movement that will banish on-the-job bullying, put meaning back into work, and enhance coworkers’ happiness and engagement.
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong: his book lets us peer into the world of microbes — not as germs to be eradicated, but as invaluable parts of our lives — allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities.
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton: Traces the author’s journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a “good-enough” life.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Neiquist: A collection of essays that focuses on the most important transformation in Niequist’s life, and maybe yours, too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be