In a world where social media can make or break a book’s chances of becoming a bestseller, it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of great reads out there that never made it onto any “Best Of” lists. Here are some of the least famous, but still excellent, books about our world. If you are not interested in books, then test your luck and might by joining the Chance app.
“The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” by Oliver Sacks
This book is a collection of case studies of patients suffering from various neurological disorders, written by world-renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks. Sacks’ writing is both empathetic and fascinating, and his case studies offer a unique insight into the workings of the human brain.
“The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman
In this thought-provoking book, journalist Alan Weisman imagines a world in which humans have suddenly disappeared. He explores how the natural world would reclaim the earth, and how human-made structures would crumble and decay. It’s a fascinating look at humanity’s impact on the planet and a reminder of the fragility of our civilization.
“The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson
In this hilarious memoir, Bill Bryson recounts his childhood in 1950s America. From small-town Iowa to the big city of Des Moines, Bryson paints a vivid picture of a bygone era, complete with transistor radios, soda fountains, and drive-in movies. It’s a fun and nostalgic read that will have you laughing out loud.
“The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson
This true crime book tells the story of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the serial killer who used the event as a hunting ground for his victims. Erik Larson’s gripping storytelling will keep you hooked from beginning to end, and the historical details paint a fascinating picture of America at the turn of the century.
“The Lost City of Z” by David Grann
In this book, journalist David Grann tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a lost city in the Amazon jungle. Grann’s investigative reporting takes readers on a thrilling journey through the jungle, and the story is ultimately a tribute to the power of the human spirit.
“The World As I See It” by Albert Einstein
In “The World As I See It,” Albert Einstein shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics, from science and religion to war and politics. Einstein was a brilliant thinker, and his insights on the world are as relevant today as they were when he first wrote them.
“The World Is Flat” by Thomas Friedman
In “The World Is Flat,” Thomas Friedman argues that the globalization of the world economy has created a level playing field for countries and companies. Friedman’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the new world economy.