Seeking enriching new material for your reading list, or just want a few choice selections to help you make good use of your wait between connecting flights or downtime while visiting relatives this summer? We’ve scoured nonfiction titles topping the lists of various critics this season to bring you some of the most enthralling reads on subjects that vary from culture and history to personal finance and leadership:
"The Story of America: Essays on Origins": An intriguing and thought-stirring probe into national stories of origin demonstrating how American democracy evolved through the convergence of history, literature and politics. As explained by Princeton University Press, historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore presents 20 essays on developments in American history, from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 and the paper ballot to the I.O.U and the dictionary. Each story presents a new take on key literary works, such as Benjamin Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth” and “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
"The Automatic Millionaire, Expanded and Updated: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich": Best-selling personal finance writer David Bach has revised this smash hit, which provides an accessible plan to attaining a seven-figure net worth even on a modest income. As Forbes explains, Bach’s blueprint for wealth integrates such practices as making bill payments and savings automatic, keeping an hour a day of pay for yourself and aligning your spending with your values.
"Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man": For those who gravitate toward military history, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic’s gripping account of the most highly classified naval mission of World War II will be released on July 10 in hardcover. The book is centered on the harrowing events following the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, when nearly 900 men struggled to survive in shark-infested waters for days, and the fight for justice and courtroom drama that ensued.
"The 7 Fruits of Budgeting: How to Create an Effective Spending and Savings Plan": This new release may draw inspiration from scripture, but it’s been lauded as a practical guide to creating a budget for a more fulfilling life. Author Roslyn Lash explains how to use seven attributes representing “the number for completion” to stop living paycheck to paycheck, reduce stress, develop a wealthier mindset, rebuild credit, save for your future and more.
"Black Fortunes: The Story of the First African-Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaire": Author Shomari Wills chronicles the astounding stories of the first black Americans to be born into slavery and amass great wealth and success as industry pioneers. Booklist praises, “Fascinating…Wills’ storytelling is infectious, his subjects are irresistible, and his broad coverage invites readers to venture further into the events and historical context he so vividly introduces.”
EQ Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence: Often espoused as a prerequisite for great leadership, emotional intelligence has been defined by psychologists as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. If you’re looking for real-world examples of how this plays out, pick up a copy of Justin Bariso’s new book. You’ll come away with some amazing insight into high-profile stories on the impact of emotional intelligence and even learn to protect yourself from emotional sabotage.
Prefer to mix in a few lighter topics for your nonfiction summer reading? Travel and entertaining enthusiasts may want to check out Business Insiders’ recommendations: “Cocktail Chameleon” from Mark Addison and “Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasure of Solitude” from Stephanie Rosenbloom. Not to your taste? Find “50 Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter in 2018” from Barnes & Noble here.