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Summer Reading: 20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter

Summer! A time of backyards, barbecues, and babes, if you’re lucky. It’s also a time for that glorious practice of summer reading; a good book is a fine companion, whether on the beach, a dock, a picnic in the park, or even your apartment’s fire escape. There’s a world of options for summer reading, but this is the only list you need if you like daring, staggeringly well-written and challenging nonfiction that may just change the way you look at the world.

The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

A beautifully ambling journey into literary and natural history, Hoare’s book explores what it is when we consider the ocean. He begins at his local slab of where the land meets the sea, eventually traveling the world to tell us about the secret lives of whales and dolphins. A pleasure. (Out now)