Looking for recommendations on favorite nonfiction titles, comedy and/or sarcasm entwined a definite bonus. Anyone?
I have one recommendation to anyone looking to get a grip on stuff in the nonfiction world. The Evolution of Man and Society by C.D. Darlington. It is a light to guide you through tricky concepts. My first copy came from a used book store in Keene, New Hampshire. I read and reread it floating around a pond in a rubber raft all one summer. I am on my second copy provided by a loving son once he learned the first one bit the dust. You won't go wrong here. Darlington is best known as a botanist, but his profound breakthough is applying some of that science to us, you and me. People, and how we became what we are. Give that one a shot. I bet you get hooked. Let me know.
More dramedy than comedy, but with plenty of sarcasm about negligent public-health officials and regulatory agencies:
What the Eyes Don’t See, the memoir by the Flint, Michigan, pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, who after discovering the local lead poisoning, then discovered that she'd have to fight hard to publicize the crisis to get any help for its victims.
Disclaimer: I worked on that book. But of all the books I worked on this past year, it's the only one I'd recommend, and I do so heartily.
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris.. small, thin book, easy read, IMO powerful.. also Freewill, also small thin book..(I do recommend watching the YouTube videos on his talk about it beforehand) anything by Christopher Hitchens 'God is not great'.. Hitch 22.. and anything Richard Dawkins.. Selfish Gene.. etc..
Nothing's sacred by Lewis Black. Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris. If the nonfiction part isn't as important as humor and sarcasm, Pure Drivel by Steve Martin and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. If the humor part isnt as important as the nonfiction, The Soul of the Night by Chet Raymo.
The happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris . This book is a great introduction to Acceptance and commitment therapy(ACT). ACT is very helpful if you are dealing with anxiety or depression.
The Subtle art of not giving a fuck - Mark Manson. This is about prioritising and acting on what's most important in your life
The only current non-fiction I can think of that is somewhat comic/sarcastic is Michael Wolfe's "Fire and Fury," which is about the first year in the Trump Whitehouse. It did not really strike me as all that funny, though it is certainly full of clowns!
“Dreams of My Father”, by Barack Obama is memoir of hs youth and early adulthood, plus an insightful look at the racial divide from (what else?) the black man’s point of view. President Obama is able to step back and look at racism from a realistic, although constructive point of view. He has my respect.