On a recent writer’s retreat, it came to me: there is no shelf life on knowing more. July releases bring the fans of non-fiction and students of life some interesting reads to consider in the worthy pursuit of knowing more. With topics exploring a wide range of subjects ranging from the history of superheroes to how not to impress a girl if you are a super-nerd NASA dude to pondering, well, pondering, readers have a variety of subjects to choose from when considering their next summer read.
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun god from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison – The subtitle says it all. Successful comic book writer Grant Morrison shares his personal experience and perspective while sharing the history of superheroes.
Sex On the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich – Oh, the things we do for love. Such is the story of former NASA intern and current felon/parolee Thad Roberts, who in 2002, literally wanted to give his NASA intern girlfriend the moon. With the help of his lady love and yet another NASA intern, he steals the world’s most precious objects, moon rocks. Needless to say, it didn’t quite work out as he’d hoped.
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World by David Deutsch – This book is described as “a bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today’s great thinkers.” Deutsch, an award-winning computational physicist and philosopher speaks to mans struggle to understand the mysteries of life, arguing that “explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.” According to Deutsch, “We are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control and achieve.”
Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris and Ginny Messina – Have you ever wondered wanted to know more about what it takes to live healthfully on an animal-free diet. Registered dieticians/long-time vegans, Norris and Messina outline what it takes to get started, and how to get the proper nutrients when doing so.
Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer – Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health offers boots on the ground accounts of the disaster, aftermath and recovery projects resulting from the devastating January 2010 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti, where according to government estimates, over 315,000 perished, 300,000 sustained injury, and over one million were made homeless.