The World of Literature is as diverse as the underwater marine life. You can find all kinds of genres and forms in it. Be it the magical and utopian fiction literature. Or the true Non- fiction books. Then you can also find various poetry books and anthologies of it. In other words, there is a lot to read and know more about. For readers who love non-fiction, here are some top recommendations:
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This book needs no introduction. It can’t be missed by both fiction and nonfiction readers alike. This is the book that has topped all charts.
It is basically an autobiographical account of the author Maya Angelou. She is an American author and poet who faced color discrimination.
The book unravels her journey from childhood to motherhood. Maya becomes a victim of abuse, xenophobia, and describes it well. She also talks about the American Civil Rights Movement. The reader will surely sympathize with her throughout the book. Published in 1969, it is the best selling nonfiction.
The Story of my Life by Helen Keller
And this one is again well renowned. Do you know it is a book written by a blind girl? Yes, it is an autobiography of Helen Keller. Helen was born finely. But as an 18 months old baby, she lost hearing and seeing abilities. Despite this, she lives life to the fullest. The book traces her childhood moments. She smelt the buttercups, felt the water, and learned new things. The book even makes one realize the importance of a good teacher. Her teacher Anne Sullivan became her guide. Helen went on to meet Cleveland and Kennedy.
She also met Jawahar Lal Nehru. Altogether, this book can’t be missed! You can’t afford to!
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is another of a biography cum autobiography. It was originally written in Dutch. The writer of it was Anne Frank. She was a girl who wrote her moments and memoirs in the diary. Although she died, her diary was given to her father Otto Frank.
The book is very thrilling and quite anxious. It talks about her living in a hiding space with her family and relatives. They were basically escaping the Nazis when they attacked the Netherlands. The diary talks about her inner thoughts. Though she uses the word Kitty in the diary, we don’t know who it is. Some people say it’s her Diary name. Yet this book brings to light the Nazi torture.
It’s a great must-read!
The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort
The name of this book is bold. And quite out of the box. Well, it’s a sex manual written long back in 1972.
Alex has discussed human sexuality in this manual. The initial edition was very rudimentary. But it has been republished quite many times. The manual explains sex practices like oral sex and many sex positions.
The book has stayed as the New York Times bestseller for quite a time span.
The manual also contains black and white drawings regarding sex. Later colored drawings were also added. It also touches upon Bonded sex practice and swinging.
Altogether, it’s a sex Education book and a good way to learn about it.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Who hasn’t found this book? It is seen lying on the bookshelves of railways stations and bus stops. The book has sold 15 million copies till now. It was first written in 1937.
The book focuses on various principles to succeed in life. Although the title talks about becoming rich. Yet Hill says anyone can follow any stream to succeed. The latest edition is green in color and looks quite appealing. There are a total of 14 principles in the book. These include things like desire, faith, decision, etc.
Hill made this book after closely examining the successful people. So if you want to succeed, get hold of it today!
Dreams from my father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
Obama is certainly the most famous among all US presidents. He has done brilliantly well at the Presidential office. And at writing as well.
This book is his memoir. It was published in 1995. The cover of the book is beautiful with photographs of his own and parents. He talks about his journey to Harvard Law School in it.
Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. In between his parents get divorced. And then they shift to Kenya. There he meets his father for the second time. And after that, he dies. His mother later marries another man.
Then he shifts to the US and there he admits at Columbia University. The story moves on like this. It finally ended at his graduation in 1988 from Harvard.
The story is gripping and narrative is par excellence!
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This is the memoir of the ex-US first lady. Yes! It is a book by Obama’s wife.
This book is divided into 3 sections:
- Becoming me
- Becoming us
- Becoming more
The first part talks about her own life and experience. The second part takes a
romantic turn. Here she talks about Obama and her courtship. This happened when they met at Harvard Law School. And the last part is out of her daughters and motherhood. It was first published in 2018. The idea is captivating and is a good read!
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is a self-help book. It was published as early as 1936. The title itself suggests the contents of the book.
This book usually helps one to become a hit and favorite among all. It helps you make friends. The book has sold 30 million copies till now.
The basic strategies that Dale gives in the book are common. This includes asking you to smile, giving honest appreciation, etc.
For those who want to earn money and power, it is the best read!
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath is no new name in the writing industry. She shook the literature books with her ” The Bell Jar”, the first novel she wrote.
Ariel is another of its kind. It’s a nonfiction poetry book. It has around 12 poems written by Plath. The poems are very depressing and sad. They talk about Plath’s fascination with her death. The book was published in 1965, 2 years after her death.
Let’s not forget that she committed suicide. So this poetry reflects her disturbed state of mind.
Yet, it’s good literature in the true sense. So don’t miss this anthology at all.
The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjay Baru
We know him as the “ Silent Prime Minister”. Yes! It’s Mr.Manmohan Singh. This book is a memoir written by an Economic journalist and policy analyst- Sanjay Baru.
The book traces the journey of Manmohan Singh from 2004-2008. It talks about him accidentally becoming the PM. It also alleges the PM over certain faults of his. Altogether, this is a book that will give good insights into Raisina Hill’s affairs. Every Indian should read it!
So these are the topmost books in the non-fiction category to read. What are you waiting for then? Just place your order and buy them.