Excellent article Matt! I write about nonfiction books as you know but you have definitely given me a few pointers to append to my list. Thanks for that! Thirst and Limitless in particular appeal to me.
My own recommendations focus on a common theme: the human condition. I'd really appreciate your feedback on my recommendations!
My list: The Righteous Mind, Factfulness, Drive, Human Compatible, Rebel Ideas and This Is Going To Hurt.