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  • Writer's pictureAgata Okon

My Top Four Nonfiction Books of 2023 (Thus Far)

The year is not over yet, but I have already read some amazing nonfiction books that have inspired me, challenged me, and entertained me. Here are four of them that I highly recommend to anyone who loves stories of courage, creativity, and identity.

A Dangerously High Threshold for Pain is an Audible Original audiobook by Imani Perry, a National Book Award winner and a professor of African American Studies. In it, she tells the dramatic story of her ongoing struggle with lupus—an autoimmune disease that attacks multiple organ systems—and what we can all learn from those who are grappling with chronic illness. She writes and narrates with power and poetry, sharing her experiences of pain, healing, and hope. She also explores how her illness has influenced her art, her career, and her identity. This book is a groundbreaking and inspiring work of memoir and self-care.

This book is a graphic memoir by Eleanor Crewes, a British illustrator and comic artist. It tells the story of her coming out process, from her childhood to her adulthood, through a series of vignettes that capture her feelings, thoughts, and experiences. She writes and draws with candor, charm, and wit, depicting her confusion, denial, acceptance, and joy. She also portrays the influences of pop culture, family, friends, and lovers on her identity. This book is a relatable and refreshing celebration of sexuality and self-discovery.

This book is a collection of profiles by Kate Hodges, a British journalist and author. It features fifty female figures from various mythologies around the world, from feminist fairies to bloodsucking temptresses, half-human harpies to protective Vodou goddesses. She writes and researches with passion, insight, and creativity, presenting each character's story, symbolism, and legacy. She also includes stunning illustrations by Harriet Lee Merrion, a British artist and designer. This book is a fascinating and empowering tribute to mythology's fiercest females.

This book is a guide by Ed Catmull, the co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios. It reveals the secrets behind Pixar's success and innovation, as well as the challenges and lessons learned along the way. He writes with wisdom, humility, and clarity, sharing his principles and practices for fostering a culture of creativity in any organization. He also gives an inside look into the making of some of Pixar's most beloved films, such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Inside Out. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to overcome the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration.

These are my four favorite nonfiction books of 2023 so far. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!


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