"Smorgasbord" is the word that comes to mind when I think of this month's list of nonfiction books. And not only because I am hungry. Just looking at the books below--which constitutes a small selection of our favorite nonfiction books of February--you will find a book on presidents, a book about the universe (and we humans living in it), a book about the future of technology, and a book about raising kids. That is a wide range of things, and it's exactly what makes this list so good. It's also what makes a smorgasbord so good.
You can see all of our favorite nonfiction titles of February here. Happy reading.
Sometimes a book comes along that just charms you, and Craig Ferhman's Author in Chief is the latest for me. When we think of the presidents, we tend to think of them talking at a desk or a podium; but the written word is just as important a form of communication. And many presidents have been great writers. Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address, but he also wrote a best seller. Really. Teddy Roosevelt wrote books. John Kennedy had a ghost writer. Reagan and Obama wrote. And Calvin Coolidge? He was a great writer. There's just so much in here that's worth reading.
Greene is the well-known physicist and best-selling author of the books The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. In this new book, he looks at the Second Law of Thermodynamics, or entropy, which helps to inform us that, one day, all we know in the universe will come to an end. So how do we find meaning in a place like that? Reading Greene's book certainly helps.
A few years ago, most readers of this post would have been reading it on their laptop or tabletop computer. Now most people are reading it on their phones. Could people have seen that change coming? It's debatable. But what isn't debatable is that the future, as the book says, is faster than you think. Futurists Diamandis and Kotler look at all the different emergent technologies, and at the convergence of those technologies, to posit how they will affect our lives in the future. And they will. From transportation to retail to advertising to education to health, entertainment, food, and finance.
There is an urgency to a lot of parenting books. Read this, and do it all perfectly, or your child will grow up to be [insert greatest fear here]. That's not the case with this book. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read is an even-keeled parenting book that takes the long view of your relationship with your kids. Reading it leads to less anxiety, not more. And to solutions. This book is full of insight and moments of sudden clarity.
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