We live in a time when we’re more self-aware than ever, but also more self-involved. See for yourself from books about math and animals to biographies and memoirs. Featuring Black, Latinx, Asian, and queer voices, this book is a galvanizing effort to propagate this much needed movement. Part memoir, part guide book and part survival guide, Thom’s book details what it’s really like to have endometriosis, and offers advice on everything from finding the right specialist for you to what actually happens in an internal exam. Pushing the boundaries of non-fiction, Lisa Taddeo’s book is the story of three women’s unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions. Although she never got to go to space, her story is sure to inspire the next generation of female astronauts. The Uninhabitable Earth is out now (Penguin, £20). Broken into chapters covering topics including how to fail at dating, sport and living like Gwyneth Paltrow, this book will help you to understand failure and overcome it. Buchanan is one of six sisters, and in this book she looks as what it’s like to live as a modern day woman, using her sisters as examples. From an essential look at the devastating effects of climate change to the politics around black hair, we’ve selected 41 of this year’s new books for your reading pleasure. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (Knopf, 2013). Babita Sharma was raised in a corner shop in Reading, getting a view of a changing world from behind the counter. But even before that, she’d spent years being asked by friends, family and strangers on the street for advice on products suitable for women of colour. Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come is out on 30 May (Doubleday, £12.99). The title of Jessica Pan’s book is something that many an introvert might find themselves living by. “I believe we can change the world,” Hollis says. Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change is out on June 27 (#MerkyBooks, £12.99). I Carried a Watermelon is out on 24 October (HQ, £12.99). is a funny and honest first-person account that includes the wit we’ve come to know and love from Bushnell, with guidance on everything from what to do when your age-appropriate date asks you to pay for his kitchen renovation to the pluses and minuses of being older and wiser. Similiar to our list of 100 (Fiction) Books to Read in a Lifetime, this list of 50 non-fiction books contains recommendations you might actually read (if you haven't already).This curated list covers the gamut of non-fiction, from compelling war stories to key feminist texts, to unbelievable struggles for survival, to tales of life in the culinary trade. More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters is out on 4 July (Square Peg, £12.99). In this book, which is part memoir, part manifesto, Day explores what it means to fail and how we pick ourselves back up again. Kavita Puri’s father was 12 when he and millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily drawn border. In their raw, emotional and compelling memoir, Amrou Al-Kadhi tells the story of growing up in a strict Iraqi Muslim household, and eventually becoming a vocal, queer drag queen estranged from their family. I dare you all to not howl with laughter while reading anything written by Adam Kay. Part memoir about a personal obsession, and part homage to the film, Brand’s celebration includes her own memories and interviews with other fans of the film. Lowborn is out on 16 May (Chatto & Windus, £14.99). By Adrienne Westenfeld A vital and urgent addition to political science. The Best List: Toronto Star’s Top Ten Books of 2019. At the age of 26, she left Westboro, her family and her life behind, and now advocates for the people and ideas she was brought up to despise. Escaping her relationship and discovering who she wanted to be, Habib went on to find comfort in a mosque that was welcoming to LGBTQ Muslims. No wonder Roxane Gay loves it. This timely book attempts to piece together her life journey from the small village in Punjab to her stint in a woman’s shelter after her troubled marriage and finally to her rise to fame. Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times on Television is out on 19 September (Pan Macmillan, £20). The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is a story of a woman ahead of her time who had to hide vital aspects of her own identity to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. Journalist Daisy Buchanan takes us inside her upbringing in The Sisterhood, an upbringing that can be best described as the Bennet sisters in a 21st century, Kardashian-influenced world. Legendary journalist Christiane Amanpour – CNN’s chief international correspondent – has written the foreword to this inspiring and extraordinary essay collection. From memoirs to cookbooks, there's a tome here for everyone The American Michael Lind is another hard-to-place maverick, whose forthcoming book, The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite (Atlantic, £14.99) is the best … Formerly called Rude: There is No Such Thing As Oversharing, Ali covers everything from first periods to pregnancies, orgasms to the menopause, looking at the experiences of women from all walks of life and addresses questions including what you do if you’re living on the street and having your period, how your vagina repairs after a fourth-degree tear and how you know if you’ve ever really orgasmed. Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Art, Life and Making It Happen is out on 3 October (Saqi Books, £12.99). by Kristin Iversen. Keep an eye on your inbox. If you’re not in a book club already, you’ll want to join or form one just so you discuss these books. The best non-fiction books can educate readers on vital subjects, offer fresh new perspectives, or simply give us a valuable, and often entertaining, insight into the lives of others. Enter Wendall, a quirky but seasoned practitioner who helps Gottlieb with the questions she’s been struggling with. The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent. Tolentino gives razor-sharp cultural commentary about our era of hyper individualism and tech obsession with shrewd insight. It was the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary, and now it’s the subject of this fascinating memoir. In her new memoir, Bushnell looks at what happens when a woman of a certain age finds herself not-so-young, free and single in the city. Funmi Fetto is the contributing beauty editor at Vogue UK. A tender, funny and unflinching account of the friendship, insecurities, jokes, jealousy and love that make up the sisterhood, whether you’re bound by blood or not. In I Carried a Watermelon, Brand explores the legacy of the film, from how it pushed women’s stories to the forefront of commercial cinema to its depiction of abortion, which has been described as ‘Gold Standard’ by pro-choice campaigners. Be the Change is out on June 13 (Sphere, £12.99). Habib’s book covers how her family were persecuted as Ahwadis in Pakistan, being immigrants in Canada, and her arranged marriage at 16. From the antic-filled backstory of British ska band Madness to Michael Sheen’s spine-tingling narration of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust: Two, these are our best audiobooks of 2019. Here is my selection of the top nonfiction books of 2019 that will not only expand your horizons but are also compulsively readable. Among the speeches included are Sojournor Truth’s ‘I am a Woman’s Rights’, given in Akron, Ohio in May 1851, Maya Angelou’s ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ given at the inauguration of president Bill Clinton in January 1993, and Michelle Obama’s ‘When They Go Low, We Go High’ from the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. Cooper gives an introduction to each speech, which is then reproduced in full. The Best Books of 2019: Non-Fiction PopMatters Staff. A path-breaking peek into the privates lives of three ordinary women. Funk, who is now approaching 80, became America’s first female aviation safety inspector and taught 3,000 pilots to fly. For those in a minority in a predominantly white institution, taking up space is an act of resistance. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado is out on 1 October (Serpent’s Tail). Actress Zawe Ashton started her career at the age of six, and has played everything from “cute little girl” to “assassin with attitude”. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013). Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, Benjamin Dreyer. Phelps-Roper was a member of Westboro Baptist Church for years, spearheading its use of social media. After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of all time. For his second book, he turns his attention to the NHS at Christmas, giving us a peek at the hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking life of hospital staff during the festive period. The long-awaited sequel to Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was the most eagerly anticipated book of 2019. Martha Alexander. They went to extraordinary lengths to get their husbands’ freedom, including lobbying government leaders, having covert meetings with antiwar activists and helping code secret letters to their imprisoned husbands. Guardian fiction editor Justine Jordan on the celebrated and overlooked books of the year. Trick Mirror is out on 8 August (4th Estate, £14.99). Nonfiction provides us a clear-cut, unreserved portrait of our present and where it might lead us to. Pan is a shy introvert who found herself jobless and friendless, sitting in a familiar sofa crease shaped to her body. Know My Name: A Memoir, Chanel Miller. In Partition Voices, Puri records first-hand testimonies of those who experienced Partition, as well as the stories of their children and grandchildren, who have been shaped by the legacy of the split. Take a quick look back at five centuries of great writing People of working class make up a third of the British population, but working class artists continue to be hugely underrepresented in the arts. It is the culmination of thousands of hours of research over eight years, telling the stories of Lina, in a marriage with two children and a husband who won’t touch her; Maggie, in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town; and Sloane, a sexual object of men, including her husband, who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. The Best Books Of 2020, So Far. The best nonfiction books of 2019 represent the genre in all of its eclectic glory. She’s a musical legend, and we can’t believe that Debbie Harry hasn’t released an autobiography. A devastating memoir about a mother mourning the tragic death of her 25-year-old son in an accident. In Invisible Women, she’s turned her attention to the “gender data gap”, a term used to describe the way that most data is based on men’s experiences. In higher education, where there are currently just 25 black female professors, ethnic minority students feel like they have to constantly justify their existence within institutions that weren’t made for them. Before Carrie Bradshaw, there was her real-life inspiration Candace Bushnell. Looking for a book that will broaden your horizons, tell you a real-life story you’ve not heard before or give you the knowledge to argue a point of view? Sarah Shaffi is a freelance journalist and editor. Dressed is out on 13 June (Jonathan Cape, £25). In 1961, Wally Funk was one of 13 American female pilots in NASA’s Women in Space programme, and the youngest. Non-Fiction Books. Our critics pick the best novels, poetry, sports, memoirs and children’s books of the year Bernardine Evaristo, Lee Child and more pick the best books of 2019 Save up to 30% on the books … She reads more books a week than is healthy, and balances this out with copious amounts of TV. Louis Theroux has turned his attention to various subjects throughout his career as a documentary maker, and now he turns the focus on himself in his biography. In Maybe You Should to Talk to Someone, therapist Lori Gottlieb helps patients in her Los Angeles practice, including a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness and a 20-something who can’t stop getting together with the wrong men. Thank you for signing up! Face It is out on 1 October (HarperCollins, £20). Along with her husband, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Melinda Gates has been on a mission for the last 20 years to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs. Angela Saini’s Superior exposes the world of race science, the idea that race has some basis in biology. A legacy of the #MeToo movement, this timely anthology provides daring and honest insights into the factors and patriarchal structures enabling this abuse against women. Her film and TV appearances include Fresh Meat, Guerilla and Nocturnal Animals. Adam Kay made us cry with laughter, and then cry in sorrow, with his tales of life as a junior doctor in This Is Going to Hurt. Endometriosis affects one in 10 women. Contributors include Jean Hannah Edelstein, Jenny Zhang and Chigozie Obioma. The pair look at issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism, and life before and after university. Be it biography, history, nature writing or any other form of true story, non-fiction writing is often loaded with just as much suspense and character as the most exciting novel. Award-winning writer Saini explores the bases of race in science throughout history. The Moment of Lift is out on 23 April (Bluebird, £16.99). Be the Change is a comprehensive toolkit for the modern activist to equip us to fight for change - big or small, local or global. Emma Dabiri takes us on a journey into why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation. On 12 February 1973, 116 men arrived at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, having endured years of torture and brutal treatment as prisoners of war in Vietnam. Covering hair, skincare, makeup and body products, this is for women of colour, who have been so often ignored by mainstream beauty coverage. Science - methodical and unbiased, right? This is a book about women lifting up other women, and changing the world by doing so. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter for 18 years, and is responsible for making life-changing decisions, from which of her colleagues will run into a burning building to whether or not an evacuation is needed because a situation is beyond hope. That will all change this autumn (thank goodness), when Face It is released. From the NBA-winning author and cultural icon, this is a sharply realized, poetic, and sophisticated memoir of a transformative year in Smith’s life. In She Speaks, MP Yvette Cooper examines the impact of 30 speeches made by women throughout history. Like the best rockumentaries, this history of a fictitious '70s rock band in their own… One of the most esteemed contemporary name in nonfiction, the writer of The Empathy Exams is back with another blistering book. From a book about Dirty Dancing to memoirs about life as queer Muslims and a look at the life of a documentary maker, 2019’s non-fiction releases will provide you with inspiration, advice and more. Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection Her Body and Other Parties was a look at the female body, women’s agency and relationships, told via fiction that included elements of magical realism and fantasy. S advice to the masses to Come is out on 26 June ( Jonathan Cape £25. 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