Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. This is a novel which starts with the premise that in 1977 Hillary Rodham met Bill Clinton (true); he asked her to marry him several times and every time she refused (true) until she didn’t (true) – but the book is about the life she could have had if she’d stuck to her guns and never hitched herself to him. It’s a clever idea and the author really does seem to have got right into it.
Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman. This is an extraordinary, uplifting and very welcome history of the human capacity for kindness. Contesting the idea that we are innately self-seeking and chiefly driven by egotistic goals, Rutger Bregman offers a very different, optimistic interpretation of the last 200,000 years of human history.
He shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.