The New York Times’ list of notable books of 2015 brought to mind some of my favorite books we’ve reviewed here this year. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2015:
5 Nonfiction Favorites
The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion: Author, journalist, and essayist Meghan Daum gives us one “brave, truth-telling book.” In this personal essay collection, Daum shares honest accounts that relate to her exploration of one’s authentic self in today’s world.
How Many is Too Many: The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States: Yes, you read it right; the “progressive” argument for reducing immigration. Make no mistake, if there is one book out there to understand the complicated problem of immigration in America, this is it. Thank you, Phil Cafaro.
How to Create a Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste: This book gives a fascinating and honest account of how author Bea Johnson went from a large home, multiple cars and a 64 gallon trash can filled weekly to living a life that produces a quart of trash a year. We may not be able to get to a quart, but her book gives us many ways to reduce our wake of waste.
Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City: In this book author Robin Nagle brings home how we need to appreciate our sanitation system (and show it!) and all of those who work for it. By the time you finish this book, you will clearly know just how they play a critical role in making our communities, cities and the world work.
And of course, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World! Upon reading the first edition, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife which reached the conservationist community, this second edition expands the readership to those in their reproductive years to educators, governors, Congresspersons, and even world leaders. I am proud to have been the editor for this book!
Dave and I are in the process of getting Man Swarm into the hands of university students. If you are or know a professor who would be interested in addressing overpopulation in his/her curriculum, please contact me!
What are some of your favorite 2015 reads?