New Discovery: Non-Fiction

The last couple of weeks I have discovered a section of the library I’ve never utilized before:  The non-fiction section.  For years I’ve avoided this part of libraries because I felt non-fiction literature was boring and difficult to read.  However, with this recent move leaving me feeling physically and mentally useless, I decided to spend some time this year reading up on subjects that interest me.  Below are some of the books I’ve read in the last week few weeks.

Escape
by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer

This book is a first person account about a woman’s life inside the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and how she managed to escape the cult.  While the prose of the book is quiet simple (at times almost juvenile), the story of this woman’s life is interesting and intense enough to keep the reader engaged.

The Two-Income Trap:  Why Middle-Class Mothers & Fathers Are Going Broke
by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi

This books examines why more and more families are going bankrupt despite the rise in dual income households.  I do question the how representative the statistics discussed in the book are since the studies were preformed before the most recent recession (especially since the authors talk about things like credit limits, banks, and housing prices).  However, the book does present unusual reasons about why two incomes aren’t cutting it with many families.  Likewise, it also provides some insights on how families can avoid the “two-income trap” on both a personal and societal level.

The Sibling Effect:  What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us
by Jeffrey Kluger

This book takes an in-depth look at the relationships we will have the longest in this lifetime.  Almost anything relating to sibling bonds is discussed between the covers, from sibling rivalry to alloparenting.  The author also uses a variety writing styles including personal narrative and journalistic reporting.  This is my favorite read out of the three books.

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