Expand Your Summering Reading List With These Thoughtful Reads!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about and let your mind take away as you relax on the beach!

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5. ‘The moon’ by Oliver Morton

The Moon by Oliver Morton is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The moon is beautiful, mysterious, and still a source of beauty to all readers. This book offers an intimate look at the celestial object, offering a beautiful history of our next door neighbor in the sky. Oliver Morton explores the human relationship to the moon, from Galileo studying it to the Cold War space race to using the Moon as a stepping stone for space exploration. The Moon is an adventure and this is an excellent, comprehensive, almost romance nonfiction book of it.

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4. ‘They called us enemy’ by George Takei

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei is a graphic novel, as opposed to a book, but its a very important one in today’s political climate. This is a stunning memoir about George Takei’s experience as a child within American’s concentration camps, known as Japanese internment camps, where he and his family where held captive during World War II. This is a vivid account of Takei’s experiences within the camp and examining the darkness/racism at the heart of America.

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3. ‘Grace will lead us home’ by Jennifer Berry Hawes

Grace Will Lead Us Home by Jennifer Berry Hawes tells of the Charlestown massacre, where a white supremacist opened fire on the congregants of Charlestown, in a South Carolina church, on June 17th 2015. Now author Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a look at the aftermath of the shooting, providing a definitive account of what happened next to the community at large. The survivors try to make sense of their lives again, a family fights to end gun violence, and the city examines the racism entrenched in its community at large. This book stands as a fine portrait of journalism, examining grief, faith, and forgiveness in its pages.

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2. ‘Why don’t you write my eulogy now so I can correct it?’ by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast 

Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast is a hilarious book of ‘advice’ by the author’s mother, accompanied by artistic renderings of the woman giving off her advice. Some of the quotes Patricia’s mother gives include: If you feel guilty about throwing away leftovers, put them in the back of your refrigerator for five days and then throw them out, If you run out of food at your dinner party, the world will end, When traveling, call the hotel from the airport to say there aren’t enough towels in your room and, by the way, you’d like a room with a better view, Why don’t you write my eulogy now so I can correct it? These funny forms of advice will likely melt your heart and provides a good generation bonding experience.

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1. ‘our man’ by George Packer

Our Man by George Packer tells the story of Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who fell under the radar but played an immense role in American history. Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America’s greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

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