Non-Fiction Titles

I know, I know…I’m a fiction girl, but I really do try to grab non-fiction when a title or review grabs me! Here are some latest “real life” reads…


Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig sounds like it would be desperately sad, but is in fact a wonderfully written memoir of Haig’s struggles with chronic depression. Each chapter stands on its own…from details of his depressive times, to Twitter quotes from fellow depression survivors to literally a list of “reasons to stay alive”. This is a compelling, quick read that should be required for anyone who suffers from depression or loves someone who does.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo is the follow-up to her smash The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Since I’ve been busy “KonMari”-ing my own life, this was a no-brainer read! Lots more tips and tricks for tidying up, but with illustrations on how to fold all those pesky clothes. If you enjoyed the first, you’ll definitely enjoy this!

The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack has been a media darling of late, and with good reason. This slim guide is simple – all the money rules you need in your life fit on an index card, and they are expanded upon and explained in this easy-to-read work. Ranging from ideas on your 401k to savings accounts to credit cards, this is simple, practical, easy to understand and important financial advice. Highly recommended for anyone ages 18-100 with a few dollars to their name!

I also just read Jhumpa Lahiri’s memoir In Other Words, which she wrote entirely in Italian (in the book, one page is the original Italian, the other is English) about…writing a memoir in Italian. I was initially very invested, but found the trope a bit trying at the end… for such an immensely talented fiction writer, I felt this was a misstep on the part of the publisher…

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