If you’re anything like me, you may seem like the holiday has actually snuck up at the end of this topsy-turvy year. Fortunately, the librarians working in the Library & Archives of the National Association of REALTORS ® have you covered. These current books connected to homes, buildings and other aspects of realty are at the top of our wish lists. From history to service to fiction, these present ideas might influence anybody who likes to discover and think about how real estate and neighborhoods influence how we live.
The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health and Happiness by Emily Anthes (Scientific American/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Science journalist Emily Anthes checks out the methods our interior environments impact our physical and mental health, from the air in our homes to the design of our offices.
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press)
- Winner of the 2019 National Book Award, Sarah M. Broom’s narrative weaves together generations of household history and an engaging portrait of New Orleans with the story of her family home.
The Sprawl by Jason Diamond (Coffee House Press)
- Exploring representations of the suburban areas in American culture and making use of his own experiences growing up on the borders of Chicago, Jason Diamond proposes a reexamination of the suburban areas as ripe for innovative capacity.
Brave New Home by Diana Lind (Strong Type Books)
- From micro-apartments to co-living communities, Diana Lind explores future alternatives to the single-family house that resolve today’s altering demographics and inexpensive real estate concerns.
The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask (St. Martin’s Press)
- Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Reward for Nonfiction, The Address Book takes an extensive look at the stories behind street addresses and what they reveal about those who live there.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey Books)
- Lauded by numerous as one of the very best books of 2020, a house is a protagonist in this supernatural mystery set in 1950s Mexico.
The Encyclopedia of Commercial Property Suggestions: How to Add Worth When Purchasing, Selling, Repositioning, Establishing, Funding, and Managing by Terry Painter (Wiley)
- This vital reference on whatever industrial real estate has more than 500 entries on whatever from raising investors to recession-proofing your properties.
How I Constructed This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Many Motivating Entrepreneurs by Person Raz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Based upon the NPR podcast of the same name, How I Developed This offers lessons for aiming business owners through the stories of creators on their course to success.
® Amy Lane