Sometimes when we feel too lonely and dejected, we turn to books to provide us with the comfort we seek. They take us away into a whole new world and help us forget our worries. However, sometimes, even those books fail to provide us with what we are looking for. For days like these, here is a list of books that will help restore your hope in humanity:
Humankind by Rutger Bregman
In this book, Rutger Bergman makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens . By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.
Black and British by David Olusoga
In this book, Olusoga describes how the lives of black and white Britons have been entwined for centuries. It is an erudite exploration of racism and how it continues to mutate, is hopeful because it is exhilarating to read a fine mind at work, and because, as Olusoga says in his conclusion: “Knowing this history better, understanding the forces it has unleashed, and seeing oneself as part of a longer story, is one of the ways in which we can keep trying to move forward.”
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning was first published in 1946. Victor Frankl was a leading psychologist in Vienna when he was arrested for being a Jew during the Nazi regime. He survived holocaust and used his experiences to write this book. He propounded the theory that it is Man’s constant search for meaning that allows him to survive even the most brutal, the most degrading situations in his life.
The Choice by Edith Eger
Edie Eger was a holocaust survivor. In this book she weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. The Choice is a life-changing book that will provide hope and comfort to generations of readers.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Poetic and powerful, I know why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. It captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
With the End in Mind by Dr. Kathryn Mannix
This book by Dr Kathryn Mannix takes us into the world of palliative care and shows there is little to fear and much to prepare for when it comes to death: “There are only two days with fewer than twenty-four hours in each lifetime, sitting like bookends astride our lives: One is celebrated every year yet it is the other that makes us see living as precious.”