People in the past were the same as people now. They lived differently, but they were just the same - they got bored and cross, they made friends and enemies, liked to play and laugh, and worried about many of the same things.
past times: Look here for books about the past. Not always the very distant past, as you can see.
do/don't: Look here for books about the way we live and the problems that individuals and societies face. Sounds serious, doesn't it? It is - this is where to find drugs, capital punishment, crime... all that.