ReadersMagnet Review recommends these five interesting non-fiction authors to read this 2020.
Richard Scott Rahn was raised on an Illinois farm during the 1960s. As a young boy, he experienced just how things that occur, both natural and manmade, will affect what will happen in the future, both for good and bad. This became one of the foundations for his non-fiction masterpiece, The Book of It. It is about discovering the widely held beliefs by Scott Rahn and presents them to readers in a unique narrative. The book is a product of years of reading, research, and listening to the words and teachings of others. It covers history, religion, and multitudes of ideas all in one book. Richard Scott Rahn joined ReadersMagnet’s first-ever virtual book fair, The Festival of Storytellers, where his book was featured.
Alex Boese was born in Pennsylvania. He grew up in London, and Washington DC, attended college in Massachusetts and is currently residing in San Diego. Boese holds a master’s degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is known for his weird books with offbeat topics and themes. His published works include The Museum of Hoaxes, Hippo Eats Dwarf, and Elephants on Acid. He is also the creator and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes website. Boese enjoys hiking, attempting DIY projects, also known in his terms as “damage it yourself” projects. He loves craft beer. According to a persistent rumor, Alex drowned while visiting Loch Ness and was replaced by Replicant Alex, who proceeded to author the books attributed to Original Alex. However, this rumor is not considered credible.
Anna Wiener is from San Francisco. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, covering Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. In 2020, Anna Weiner published her first book, “Uncanny Valley,” a memoir during her tech industry. The book highlights Anna Weiner’s remarkable and a bit rough journey, her transition from the publishing industry to other jobs in various technology companies, and her gradual disillusionment with the tech industry. In her book, Weiner did not include the names of the companies and personalities involved but describe their features and reputation. The book is regarded as an eye-opener, and it was well-reviewed by several magazines and critics.
Julia Ebner is an Austrian terrorism and extremism researcher and author based in London. Her books include The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism and Going Dark: the Secret Social Lives of Extremists. She holds a degree in BA in philosophy and a BSc in international business. Ebner holds an MSc in international history from the London School of Economics and an MSc in international relations from Peking University. She has worked as a senior researcher at the counter-extremism organization Quilliam and is currently a resident research fellow at the counter-extremism organization Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Julia Ebner specializes in far-right extremism, reciprocal radicalization, and European terrorism prevention initiatives. She has written for The and The Independent.
Last on our list is the late journalist Lyra McKee who passed away in 2019. She was shot and killed during a riot in the Creggan area of Derry. She was only 29 years old when she died, but her body of works and fearless commitment to journalism and reporting serve as an inspiration to many in the journalism profession. McKee won Sky News’ Young Journalists Award in 2006. She became an investigative reporter, writing for numerous newspapers, magazines, and websites. Lyra McKee was featured as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and a rising literary star by the Irish Times. In 2020, the book Lost, Found, Remembered was released. It is a collection of writing by Mckee, including viral articles, unpublished works, and lesser-known works.