There are so many reasons to love Christmas: cheerful lights, cozy fires, fattening food, family togetherness, and the Folio Society’s Christmas collection. This year’s collection has so many amazing books, but here I will list only ten of the very best nonfiction titles in the catalog. And, just to be clear, I cannot be held liable in any way for the credit card debt you are about to incur.
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
This Pulitzer Prize-winning book attempts to answer a common–and controversial–question: Why did Eurasians–and not the indigenous people of Africa, Australia, or the Americas–develop the weapons, diseases, and technology of the modern world? The answer has often been framed in blatantly racist terms. In this book, Diamond explains that it was not race but a series of ideal conditions and accidental outcomes that created the perfect environment for Eurasians to innovate in unprecedented ways–to the benefit and detriment of humankind.10 Gorgeous Nonfiction Books from the Folio Christmas CollectionClick To Tweet
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Have you seen The Durrells in Corfu on PBS? If not, you really must check it out. It’s by far the most delightful show on television. And if My Family and Other Animals–the book it’s based on–is half as good as the show, I promise you’ll absolutely love it. This sunny edition features sixty-two color illustrations by Paul Cox.