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Great Nonfiction Summer Reading
July 21, 2020
The dog days of summer are officially here, and many of our usual spots for escape from the heat, like theatres and malls, are closed due to the coronavirus. The silver lining is that this is the perfect time to relax in a cool spot in your home or under a beach umbrella with great nonfiction summer reading.

But wait. Isn't summer for lightweight, entertaining stories? You ask.

While summer is a novel-reading season for many, that doesn't mean nonfiction should be skipped over. Nonfiction can be just as entertaining as novels, and are written to inform and educate. Consuming a book that delivers both entertainment and education will be a great distraction during the sweltering days of this unusual summer.

Below are some of my favorite sub-genres of nonfiction to explore and recommended book titles to add to your nonfiction summer reading list.

Ever wondered what it would be like to be someone else? One of the best ways to experience this is by reading a memoir. While an autobiography spans a person's entire life, a memoir is a set of memories written about an event or series of events in someone's life. Written in the first person, a memoir is like a direct link into the writer's mind, exploring their thoughts, intentions and feelings surrounding significant life moments.

Recommended memoirs:

Unapologetically Favored
By Courtney Kittrell
This coming-of-age story follows Kittrell's personal battles and career successes in the U.S. Navy as a woman of color coming to terms with her sexuality during the "don't ask, don't tell" policy era. It is a liberating recollection of Kittrell's personal transformation and professional evolution as a leader and mentor who, with great insight and candor, identifies key mental health concerns people in leadership roles face.

By Leon Walker
This story is a powerful testimony of how one man refused to let his childhood traumas define his future. With courage and strength, Walker offers a vulnerable portrayal into the intimate details of his childhood, including poverty, abuse and deep family dysfunction. He offers hope for today's youth and struggling adults who confront and conquer their own demons and broken childhoods.

The Inheritance
By Christopher Fulton
This book is a fascinating mix of memoir and political history. It is based on Fulton having possession of the closest physical evidence to President Kennedy's fatal head wounds and being the first person since Robert F. Kennedy to listen to JFK's secret Oval Office recordings. In his unprecedented book, co-authored by his wife, Michelle Fulton, he unlocks some of the mysteries that have haunted our nation surrounding the JFK assassination for the last half-century.

Military History
Military history books offer glimpses into the lives of significant military figures, wars, armed conflict and other military events big and small. Some of the best military history stories combine the historical narrative with other storytelling genres, like a suspenseful thriller or mystery, for added entertainment value.

Recommended book:

Spies of the Deep
By W. Craig Reed
This is the untold story about one of the most terrifying submarine disasters in naval history. Twenty years ago a violent explosion sent the Russian submarine Kursk to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Russians buried the truth about the incident and the then-newly elected Vladimir Putin used the incident to launch a new Cold War. The author's expose includes inside information related to the 20th anniversary of Putin's election, the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia.

This wide-ranging genre is geared to assist the reader with some kind of personal transformation. Books on home organizing, improving relationships, unleashing creativity, eating healthier or boosting happiness all fall into this category. Reading self-help to shore up an area of self-improvement is a great way to stay positive when the world around us feels so challenging.

Recommended self-help books:

Go From Stressed to Strong
By Laurie A. Watkins
This book is for busy people who think they can't fit being healthy into their lifestyle - or for people stressed out during the COVID pandemic. Based on her personal experience in working in the high-stress environment of presidential political campaigns, Watkins reveals how to successfully handle specific health challenges, like sleep deprivation and poor diet. She also shares stories from prominent men and women across a wide range of industries on stress management, such as bestselling author and TV host Bill Nye "the Science Guy."

Abundant Health in a Toxic World
By David J. Getoff, "The Detox Professor"
This book presents compelling facts and real-life stories, including Getoff's
mother's, that document how much of the information we are given about food and supplements is incorrect. Written by a nationally Board-Certified clinical nutritionist and traditional naturopath, lecturer and educator, this book will help you understand the power of detoxification, nutritional supplementation, and organic foods to improve your health.

Mastering Self-Discipline: A Thoughtful Approach Gets Better Results
By Brian Brinig
Self-discipline is a life skill that can be learned by understanding the larger context of a personal achievement process. Considered in this framework, the daily exercise of self-discipline results in successfully achieving goals and experiencing the freedom and happiness created by your accomplishments. Learn how to comfortably move towards your life vision, and experience a deep emotional satisfaction beyond compare.

Current Events
Another broad category that contains politics and popular culture, current events books take a much deeper dive into topics than what is offered in day-to-day media coverage. In a society that lives for the sound byte or Tweet, we often lose a deep understanding of issues that profoundly affect us personally; arguably none more than healthcare. Below is my pick for an outstanding healthcare book that is packed with useful information and is surprisingly entertaining.

Recommended book:

The Voter's Guide to Healthcare
By Den Bishop
This book offers a balanced approach to issues such as Medicare for All, the Affordable Care Act, the costs of pharmaceuticals, healthcare price transparency, and more. Bishop's goal is to educate voters and positively influence the debate around our country's cost, complexity, and coverage issues and, eventually, to fix our broken healthcare system.
What books are on your nonfiction summer reading list? Want to learn about these and other great nonfiction titles, I'm representing? Reach out to me today.
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