This week for Nonfiction November, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness (who happens to be one of my very favorite book blogging friends) invites us to either Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert by either sharing three or more books on a single topic that we have read and can recommend (be the expert), put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that we’ve have been dying to read (ask the expert), or create our own list of books on a topic that we would like to read (become the expert).
As I tend to do, I’ve been way overthinking this.
(Overthinking, now’s that’s something I’m an expert in.)
While I wouldn’t call myself an expert, there are certain subjects I tend to gravitate towards in my nonfiction choices.
Politics and current events.
Mindfulness and spirituality.
I could easily and happily recommend three books to you on any of the above topics. (Feel free to ask me in the comments if you need a suggestion.)
But an expert?
Since I believe there’s always more to learn about a subject, I’ll go with Door #3.
Become the Expert.
Recently, I’ve been seeking out books about the workings of the brain. I don’t mean a neuroscience textbook; rather, I’m very curious to learn more about memory and how trauma affects our memories. In addition to autism, our family has been impacted by dementia, depression and anxiety, migraines, and PTSD. I’m interested in reading more about all of these. A lot of lifestyle issues — sleep, exercise, food, stress, connection with others — are crucial to our brain health and our overall well-being.
A few books on this topic that I’m interested in reading include:
The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease
by Niki Kapsambelis
Earlier this summer our library hosted Niki for a talk and book-signing. The Inheritance focuses on the DeMoe family. Of the six DeMoe children, five have inherited the genetic mutation that causes early onset Alzheimer’s; the sixth, Karla, has inherited the responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure. Much of this research is happening right here in Pittsburgh.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker, PhD.
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s
by Joseph Jebelli
Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most
by Daniel G. Amen
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain
by Lisa Barrett Feldman
Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia
by Gerda Saunders