Weekly Non-Fiction Reading List 3.15.21

This week, I finished 7 books from some great authors. I’ve been really interested in some new topics as well! I’m down 15 lbs this year and want to learn more about weight loss, so I read a book about the new science behind how we burn calories. I also read an incredible book about empowering students and some other great topics. Enjoy!

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Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy by Herman Pontzer PhD

I’m more of a psychology guy than a biology guy, but Pontzer was able to break down how the body functions in a simple way. There are still a few concepts I may need to go back and revisit, but his overall thesis was easy to grasp. What I really enjoyed about this book was how the author dispelled a lot of myths about diets, exercise, metabolism, and more. My only critique is at the end of this book, I personally didn’t leave with many solutions, but that’s not what this book was about. Fortunately, Herman replied to me on Twitter and recommended some other great books that I can check out.

Similar books:

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung

The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits by Dr. Judson Brewer

The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan by Seth Roberts

Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World by Noreena Hertz

Similar books:

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan

How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices by Annie Duke

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

The Power of Student Agency: Looking Beyond Grit to Close the Opportunity Gap by Anindya Kundu

Although I don’t think it was the intention of Grit, I think it’ll be more well-received that The Power of Student Agency because Grit plays into our distorted idea of what it takes to succeed. While Grit focuses on the power of the person, Kundu reminds us that it takes the community to help young people succeed. Kundu has done in-depth research that shows how far people can go when they have the support of their families, teachers, and communities. I think what I loved the most about this book is you can tell how badly Kundu legitimately just wants to see people thrive. You can tell there’s no other agenda or motive other than wanting to help shift society to give young people a fair shot at success.

Similar books:

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H. Frank

The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael Sandel

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career by Scott Young

Similar books:

Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World) by Cal Newport

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Rodiger and Mark McDaniel

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S Glaude Jr.

Similar books:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law by Jody Armour

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow

Similar books:

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson

The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary F. Marcus

How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay

Similar books:

Black-And-White Thinking: The Burden of a Binary Brain in a Complex World by Kevin Dutton

Giving the Devil His Due by Michael Shermer

Free Speech And Why It Matters by Andrew Doyle

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