15 Nonfiction Books You Need to Read for a 2021 Reality Check

Jasmine is a journalist struggling to adult by day… and pretty much the same at night.

As great a form of escapism fiction is, I find myself reading a lot more nonfiction lately. A lot of brilliant writers have been publishing their books in the past few years, sharing their stories that offer mind-blowing revelations, interesting perspectives, and honest reflections on the human experience. IDK about you, but I think that’s pretty awesome. And it’s just refreshing to get out of your own head, read about other people’s insights on life, history, pop culture, and all things grounded in this reality we all live in.

From a clueless aspiring dog-walking startup CEO to stories of women retracing their past and confronting their family histories, here are some of the best nonfiction books of 2021.

1‘Crying in H Mart: A Memoir’

In this emotionally honest memoir, Japanese Breakfast singer-songwriter Michelle Zauner tells the story of her life—growing up Korean American in Oregon, having a complicated relationship with her parents, and pursuing a career in music. The memoir is centered around her mom’s death, and how food became a means of grieving and therapy.  

2‘Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir’

Ashley C. Ford talks about growing up as a Black girl in Indiana, dealing with poverty, the complexities of adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother. She often wished that she could confide in her father, but he was incarcerated for reasons she didn’t know. Until one day—after going through a traumatic experience with a boy, which she kept from her family—her grandmother told her. And what she learned turned her entire world upside down.  

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