Keep Warm with These December Nonfiction Releases

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December publication is a little sleepy time, but do not fear! There are still plenty of new nonfiction books coming out this month that will pique your interest and provide all kinds of tidbits for you to share at your holiday parties. Or maybe you prefer to keep all your nonfiction nuggets in your head until late at night thinking about the universe and your place in it. It’s cool, too; I don’t judge.

Here are 10 of the nonfiction books I’m most excited about this month. We’ve got personal finance (a new favorite), humanity and disasters (who decides which animals are worthy or not?), a fascinating memoir about running and grief (ugh, all the feels), a feminist take on (a New Favorites), a new way to think about energy and boundaries (perfect for preparing for your new beginning in the new year), and many more. Memoirs, history, self-help, science – it’s all here.

As always, you can find a complete list of new releases in the Wizarding New Releases Index, carefully curated by your favorite BookRight editors, sorted by genre and release date.

Now let’s get to the books.

December non-fiction

Ace Voices book cover

Ace Voices: What It Means to Be Asexual, Aromantic, Demi or Grey-ace by Eris Young (December 21)

s sound Aiming to answer all your burning questions about asexuality: How does an asexual person experience attraction? What does love mean to them? When did they know they were single? Iris Young interviewed many people on the asexual spectrum to tell their stories and empower others to share their stories.

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The Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Create a Life You Love by Tori Dunlap (December 27)

Tori Dunlap’s mission is to break down the barriers that keep people — especially women and people of color — from living the lives they enjoy. Financial Feminist Dunlap outlines some of the deeper work she did on her journey to financial freedom, like getting to the root of her emotional relationship with money and discovering what she values, and offers journal prompts for you to do the same. be This is the empowering and shame-free personal finance book we all need.

Cover of Jenny Quilter's Hatching

Hatching: Experiments in Motherhood and Technology by Jenny Quilter (December 6)

The world of reproductive technology is huge and amazing, but there is still work to be done. Jenny Quilter was one of those people struggling with fertility and raising her eyebrows at the way the medical field views mothers and the female body when she started to think a little deeper. throw up Fertility has a rich personal and cultural history, from the first test-tube baby in 1978 to today’s parenting anxiety message boards.

Cover of Sabrina Ambler's book How Far the Light Reaches

How Far Light Goes: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Ambler (December 6)

This combination of science writing and personal essays is wonderful. Sabrina Ambler has always been fascinated by sea creatures – they even protested the sale of goldfish at a pet store when they were teenagers. It made sense, then, that their careers followed suit, studying and writing about creatures. Every article How far does light reach? Describes a different sea animal as Ambler writes his story as a queer, mixed-race science writer.

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I’m Not Yelling: A Black Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Workplace by Elizabeth Leiba (December 13)

Being a black woman in white corporate America is no picnic. Express anger at injustice and it will be eliminated as a personality trait. I’m not crazy is a guidebook for navigating toxic work environments — microaggressions, discrimination, pay inequality, and more — and empowering black women to strive for success.

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Orchid Muse: A History of Madness in Fifteen Flowers by Erika Henkel (December 6)

Orchids are considered by many people to be the most beautiful flowers in the world. They appear in many works of art, may be a surprise to scientists, and powerful people throughout history have considered orchids the best. in the Arcade MuseumErica Hannickel dives into the human obsession with orchids and offers a guide to keeping your own orchids alive and well.

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Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire (December 6)

Who decides which animals are insects, and what does that say about how humans view nature? Bethany Brookshire considers these questions WormsDescribing human history and the ways in which we have treated rats, pigeons and flowers as inferior animals, while elephants and lions are wonderful creatures. This book is about human nature and the way perspective changes everything.

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Thirty Thousand Steps: A Memoir of Running to Life After Loss by Jess Keefe (December 15).

When Jess Keefe moved in with her brother after a breakup, she thought it would be the best way for him to heal from heartbreak. But then his brother got addicted to heroin and died of an overdose. Thirty thousand steps There is a moving memoir about running and addiction and grief: the trifecta that kept his company in the year after his brother’s death.

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Sugar Jar: Create Boundaries, Heal Yourself, and Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life by Yasmin Sheen (December 27)

Health advocate and coach Yasmin Sheaney has a wonderful metaphor that works better than the standard rhetoric around setting boundaries and protecting your energy: a sugar jar. If you are a jar full of sugar, without a lid, anyone can take (or throw away) the sugar whenever they want, leaving you empty and out of control. sugar cane Takes this metaphor into deeper inspection, providing practice and prompting you to recognize the truths surrounding your energy: Who uses it all? What replenishes it?

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Weightless: Making Space for My Flexible Body and Spirit by Evette Dion (December 6)

Evette Dionne is proud of her body. It has endured a lot, from harassment to heart failure, and it still keeps him safe. weightless A memoir of her body through the lens of friendship, sex, motherhood, health, pop culture, and self-image. It’s about the ways that black women and fat women are demonized in society.


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