It’s that time of the year again when we’re looking at the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2023. Non-fiction books offer the opportunity to learn about and understand the world around us in a deeper way. They allow us to explore new ideas, gain new perspectives, and discover fascinating stories and information that can broaden our horizons and enrich our lives.
2023 promises to be a fantastic year for non-fiction books, with a wide range of compelling and thought-provoking titles set to be released. From current events and social issues, to history and science, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.
Non-fiction books can also inspire and empower us to make positive changes in our own lives and communities. Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, gain new skills, or simply be entertained and informed, there is no shortage of exciting non-fiction books to look forward to in the coming year.
Let’s dive into the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2023…
Poverty, by American by Matthew Desmond
Poverty by America, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author Matthew Desmond, is set to be released on March 21st, 2023 and is already one of the most anticipated books of the year. In this landmark book, Desmond explores the complex and disturbing reality of poverty in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world, and makes a compelling argument that poverty persists because it benefits the rest of society. Drawing on extensive research and original reporting, Desmond exposes the ways in which those who are financially secure often exploit the poor, driving down wages and forcing them to pay exorbitant prices for housing and other necessities. He also discusses the ways in which opportunities are concentrated in certain communities, leaving others in despair.
Through this powerful and compassionate work, Desmond not only sheds light on a crucial and morally pressing issue, but also offers potential solutions and calls on readers to become “poverty abolitionists” and work towards creating a more equitable and prosperous society. Elegantly written and fiercely argued, Poverty in America is a must-read for anyone looking to better understand and address poverty in the United States.
Glow in the F*cking Dark by Tara Schuster
Tara Schuster’s Glow in the F*cking Dark is set to be released on February 28th, 2023 and is already highly anticipated. In this honest and practical book, Schuster shares lessons for healing your past and owning your future in order to radiate strength, bravery, and joy when life gets tough. Through her own journey of self-discovery and healing, Schuster offers guidance on how to recognize and respond to trauma reactions, address the root causes of anxiety, repair your relationship with your body, and find purpose and solace in something bigger than yourself.
Filled with achievable steps and written with vulnerability and humor, Glow in the F*cking Dark is a must-read for anyone looking to break free from emotional suffering, discover their purpose, and reclaim their shine. As Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed, says, “A revealing and powerful book that lit me up from the inside out.” This book is for anyone who is tired, hurting, and feeling like their essential brightness has dimmed, and is ready to glow, even when life gets grim.
Who Gets Believed? by Dina Nayeri
Who Gets Believed, written by award-winning author Dina Nayeri and set to be released on March 27th, 2023, is a thought-provoking and groundbreaking book about persuasion and performance that delves into the complex and unsettling dynamics of believability. Drawing on personal experiences and case studies from various contexts including asylum interviews, emergency rooms, consulting jobs, and family life, Nayeri asks tough questions about the nature of truth, lies, and the factors that influence who is believed and who is dismissed.
Through this powerful and deeply personal work, Nayeri not only shines a light on the often overlooked and misunderstood issues of believability and credibility, but also offers insights into the social codes and human psychology that shape our relationships and perceptions of others. For readers of David Grann, Malcolm Gladwell, and Atul Gawande, Who Gets Believed is a must-read that will leave you with much to think about and ponder. As Viet Thanh Nguyen says, “Dina Nayeri’s powerful writing confronts issues that are key to the refugee experience.”
You Are Not Alone by Cariad Lloyd
You Are Not Alone, written by Cariad Lloyd and set to be released on January 19th, 2023, is a poignant and deeply personal book that explores the complexities of grief and loss. Drawing on her own experiences and those of others, Lloyd offers a comforting and supportive message to anyone who has ever felt lost or alone in their grief. Through her popular podcast, Griefcast, Lloyd has had the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about life’s most difficult moments with a wide range of guests, and in this book, she shares their profound and witty insights as well as her own hard-won lessons on how to navigate grief and find hope in the face of loss.
Whether you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, trying to understand your own grief, or looking for ways to support someone who is grieving, You Are Not Alone is a must-read. With its relatable and compassionate approach, this book will provide comfort and guidance to anyone who has ever felt the pain of loss and help them find their way back to hope and healing.
Spare by Prince Harry
A memoir from Prince Harry is poised to be one of the most talked about books not just of the year, but potentially of the decade. As a high-profile and influential figure, Prince Harry’s life and experiences are of great interest to many people around the world. His decision to open up and share his personal story in a memoir is sure to generate a great deal of buzz and anticipation.
Additionally, Prince Harry’s life has been marked by a number of significant and poignant events, such as the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, and his own struggles with mental health. By sharing his own journey and perspective on these events, Prince Harry has the opportunity to not only provide insight into his own life, but also to shed light on important issues that affect many people.
With its raw and unflinching honesty, Prince Harry’s memoir is likely to be a deeply personal and moving work that will resonate with readers around the world. It has the potential to be a powerful and inspiring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love and hope.
The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg
The Climate Book, written by Greta Thunberg and set to be released on January 14th, 2023, is an essential handbook for anyone looking to take action on climate change. In this book, Thunberg has gathered the wisdom of over one hundred experts, including geophysicists, oceanographers, meteorologists, engineers, economists, mathematicians, historians, philosophers, and indigenous leaders, to provide readers with the knowledge they need to combat climate disaster. Alongside these experts, Thunberg shares her own stories of demonstrating and exposing greenwashing around the world, showing how much we have been kept in the dark about the true state of the climate crisis.
Through this powerful and urgent work, Thunberg shows that it is still possible to change the course of history and secure a safe future for life on Earth, but only if we listen to the science and take decisive action now. With its compelling message of hope and action, The Climate Book is a must-read for anyone looking to make a difference and create a better future for all.
The Creative Act by Rick Rubin
The Creative Act, written by music producer Rick Rubin and set to be released on January 17th, 2023, is a beautifully crafted book that offers deep wisdom and inspiration for all those seeking to tap into their own creativity. Rubin, known for his ability to help artists of all genres and traditions connect with their true selves and their unique creative offerings, has spent years thinking about where creativity comes from and how to cultivate it. In this book, he shares the insights he has gained and offers a roadmap for anyone looking to expand their creative horizons.
According to Rubin, being an artist is not about your specific output, it’s about your relationship to the world. The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road that we all can follow, and offers the opportunity to tap into the wellsprings of creativity and create moments of exhilaration and transcendence. With its thoughtful and inspiring message, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to nurture their own creativity and make a positive impact on the world.
On the Origin of Time by Thomas Hertog
On the Origin of Time, written by Thomas Hertog and set to be released on April 11th, 2023, offers the final thoughts of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking on the origins of the universe. In this book, Hertog, Hawking’s closest collaborator, presents a dramatic revision of the theory that Hawking put forward in his book A Brief History of Time.
Hawking and Hertog spent twenty years working together to develop a new theory of the cosmos that could account for the emergence of life. In their research, they delved into the extreme quantum physics of cosmic holograms and ventured far back in time to the roots of the universe, where they were surprised to find a deeper level of evolution in which the physical laws themselves transform and simplify until particles, forces, and even time itself fades away. This discovery led them to propose a radical new Darwinian perspective on the origins of the universe, in which the laws of physics are not fixed, but are born and co-evolve as the universe takes shape.
On the Origin of Time offers a fresh and transformative vision of the universe’s birth that will change the way we think about our place in the cosmos and may ultimately prove to be Hawking’s greatest scientific legacy.
Enchantment by Katherine May
One of the most highly anticipated non-fiction books of 2023 is Enchantment by Katherine May. This beautifully written book invites readers on a journey to rediscover a sense of awe and wonder in the world around us. In a time of constant change and overwhelming news cycles, May explores the restorative properties of the natural world and the magic that can be found when we pay attention to our immediate environment.
Through storytelling and ritual, May encourages readers to reconnect with their senses and find beauty in the complexity of human experience. With humor and candor, she shares her own struggles with work, family, and the aftermath of the pandemic, offering a path towards feeling more rested and at ease in a rapidly changing world. Enchantment is a much-anticipated book that offers a refreshing and uplifting perspective on finding magic and wonder in the world around us. Set to be released on February 28th, 2023, this book is not to be missed.
Unscripted by James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams
Unscripted, the highly anticipated non-fiction book by James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams, is set to be released on 14th of February. It tells the inside story of the power struggle at Paramount Global, a multibillion-dollar entertainment empire controlled by the Redstone family, and the dysfunction, misconduct, and deceit that threatened the future of the company.
The book delves into the usually secret inner workings of two public companies, their boards of directors, and a wealthy, dysfunctional family facing significant changes. It explores the battle for power at any price and the impact it had on the business. With the added context of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, as well as the changing landscape of the entertainment industry, Unscripted offers a captivating and timely look at the inner workings of a major media company.
Attention Span by Gloria Mark
“The definitive expert on distraction and multitasking” (Cal Newport), Gloria Mark, presents a groundbreaking approach to rediscovering our ability to pay attention in her highly anticipated book, Attention Span. Mark’s decades of research into the impact of technology on attention reveal surprising insights, including the fact that we spend an average of just 47 seconds on any screen before shifting our focus and it takes 25 minutes to regain attention after an interruption. Mark debunks common misconceptions and explores the negative effects of multitasking on productivity, the amplification of short attention spans by social media and modern entertainment, and the ways in which our mental resources can be drained and refilled.
In addition to introducing the concept of “kinetic attention” as a new framework for understanding brain function in the digital world, Mark offers practical strategies for taking control of our attention in order to achieve success in our careers and find wellness in our daily lives. Attention Span is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their focus in the age of constant distractions.
Black on Black by Daniel Black
Black on Black, a collection of essays on racial tension in America and the ongoing fight for visibility, change, and lasting hope, is set to be released on 31st of January. Acclaimed novelist and scholar Daniel Black tackles a range of important topics, from police brutality to the AIDS crisis to the role of HBCUs to queer representation in the black church, celebrating the resilience and fortitude of black people in a world where their bodies are constantly on display.
This book is particularly timely and important in the current social and political climate. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought issues of racial injustice and police brutality to the forefront of public consciousness, and Black on Black offers a powerful and intimate look at these issues through the lens of personal experience. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand and combat racial inequality in America.
Anaximander by Carlo Rovelli
As one of the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2023, Anaximander by Carlo Rovelli is sure to be a thought-provoking and enlightening read. In this book, Rovelli delves into the ideas of the ancient Greek philosopher Anaximander and their impact on modern science. Anaximander’s contributions to fields such as cosmology, physics, and biology were groundbreaking, and his legacy includes the belief that the Earth floats in a void, that animals evolved, and that universal laws govern all phenomena.
Through his examination of Anaximander’s ideas, Rovelli sheds light on the nature of scientific thinking and the importance of constantly reimagining and questioning the world around us. With its examination of the history of science and the role of uncertainty in the pursuit of knowledge, Anaximander is sure to be an essential read for anyone interested in the intersection of science and philosophy.
Awaken Your Genius by Ozan Varol
One of the most highly anticipated non-fiction books of 2023 is Awaken Your Genius by Ozan Varol. This groundbreaking guide will help you unlock your originality and tap into your unique talents. Are you tired of feeling like you’re just going through the motions, stuck on a well-worn path that was never meant for you? It’s time to break free and pave your own way.
In this powerful book, Varol shows you how to awaken the genius within and become the extraordinary person you were meant to be. You’ll learn how to discard what no longer serves you and uncover your first principles, the qualities that make up your unique genius. You’ll discover how to generate original insights and escape your intellectual prisons. By looking where others don’t and seeing what others don’t see, you’ll be able to embrace your full potential and truly shine. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to transform your life and awaken your genius. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to break free from the ordinary and achieve greatness.
I’m Black So You Don’t Have To Be by Colin Grant
I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be is a powerful and poignant memoir that delves into the complexities of identity and race. Through a series of intimate portraits of his family members, Colin Grant explores his own journey as a black man in Britain and the different paths that his loved ones have taken. From his mother’s dreams of returning to Jamaica to his father’s tumultuous temper, each character adds depth and nuance to Grant’s exploration of the black British experience.
This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the complexities of race and identity, and is sure to be one of the most talked about non-fiction releases of 2023. Written with the intrigue, nuance, and wit of short stories and the veracity of memoir, I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be is an unforgettable and moving exploration of family, identity, and generational change.
Overall, 2023 looks to be a fantastic year for non-fiction readers, with a diverse range of topics and authors to choose from. From memoirs to science to social justice, there is something for everyone on this list. It is always important to continue learning and expanding our knowledge, and these upcoming releases provide the perfect opportunity to do so.
So mark your calendars and get ready to dive into some thought-provoking and inspiring reads in the new year. Whether you prefer hardcover or digital formats, make sure to add these non-fiction titles to your reading list for 2023.