Weekly Non-Fiction Reading List 3.8.21

We have an exciting week of non-fiction book reviews! I finished 10 books by some amazing authors. I read some excellent books about racial injustice in the United States and how racism affects all of us. I also read some thought-provoking books about psychology as well as some new books on finance and investing. Enjoy!

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Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System by Alec Karakatsanis

What I loved about this book from Karakatsanis is that he takes a somewhat philosophical perspective and asks, “Do you think this is fair?” and “Do you think this is justice?”. By simply getting the reader to ask questions, it gets your wheels turning and you start to realize how screwed up the whole system is. Typically, a book like this would leave me bummed out, but it actually gave me hope. The fact that this author wrote this book lets me know that there are those out there in the field of law who care and are trying to make a difference.

Similar books:

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

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberdhart

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

As you read this book, you hear these stories of why whites won’t unionize with blacks and how forms of systemic racism hurts everyone. As a psychology nerd, I was amazed by the mental gymnastics some of the people in these stories could do to justify issues that are hurting everyone. This book somewhat reminded me of Strangers in Their Own Land and how the people in the South vote republican even though the party is doing nothing for them and actually hurting them. The Sum of Us is a definite must-read for anyone who wants to understand our country’s economic issues from a different angle so we can begin working towards solutions.

Similar books:

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

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

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And how anyone can harness it. Even you.) by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

Personally, this book just helped confirm a lot of things I already do, but that provided me with a ton of value. Sometimes I question trying to lighten the mood and cheer colleagues up when we’re dealing with a work disaster. But if you’re someone who is socially awkward and/or introverted, you definitely need this book. Aaker and Bagdonas give you practical tips to help you feel more comfortable loosening up at your own pace and they also teach you how to walk the fine line between humor and upsetting people. I really hope a lot of companies read this book because it benefits people in all aspects of an organization and it’ll help people realize that life and work can be fun while we also handle business.

Similar books:

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda

Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns by John C. Bogle

Similar books:

The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On with Your Life by Bill Schultheis

I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi

How I Invest My Money: Finance experts reveal how they save, spend, and invest by Joshua Brown and Brian Portnoy

Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together…Finally by Nicole Lapin

How to Be Miserable (40 Strategies You Already Use) by Randy Paterson

Similar books:

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives by Michael Heller and James Salzman

Similar books:

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael Sandel

How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering

In Perv, Jesse Bering dives into every nook and cranny of sex that you can imagine, and once again, I’m impressed by his knowledge and love his writing style. Bering explains the evolutionary psychology behind sex, the history of sex shaming and the insane medical practices that were done to the sexually active. But I really came to learn more about the psychology of people who have different kinks such as S&M, and I learned a lot more than I could expect. Bering discusses what the research says and what we still don’t know, and it was extremely insightful. I also respected the hell out of this book because Bering dives into uncomfortable topics such as how we deal with “pedophiles” (if you read his book, you’ll now why I put that in quotes). If you’re sex positive and want to learn more about some psychology and history, get this book.

Similar books and more from Jesse Bering:

Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by Jesse Bering

The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life by Jesse Bering

Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships by Brian Earp and Julian Savulescu

What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? by John Corvino

Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You by Suneel Gupta

I’m all about scientific testing and data analysis, but sometimes I just need a book that hypes me up with ideas and inspiring stories. That’s exactly what this book is. Gupta has a great philosophy around what it takes to make your ideas backable, and although this will be beneficial for many startups looking for investors, I found a ton of value in it. As I read this book, I implemented a few of the strategies at my job and it actually worked. I was able to get people to back my ideas and take a chance on some things I wanted to try. This is a great book for anyone who has ideas and knows how beneficial collaboration is.

Similar books:

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Ayal

The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind by Jonah Berger

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others by Tali Sharot

Similar books:

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert Cialdini

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior by Jonah Berger

Conformity: The Power of Social Influences by Cass Sunstein

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