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Thursday, June 1, 2023
June 1, 2023

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Check It Out: Try nonfiction for summer reading


Welcome to July 2022! It’s that time of year when publishers, reviewers and readers fond of reading lists embrace that summertime favorite, “Beach Reads.” These lists can be a lot of fun to peruse, and I have to admit I am one of those readers who loves reading lists (in case you hadn’t figured that out already). I find, however, that recommendations for “Beach Reads” tend to favor fiction, especially of the light and breezy type, which I suppose makes sense when you’re lounging by the beach/pool/backyard sprinklers. I get it, and I support it. But you might be missing out on engaging nonfiction reads, and I wouldn’t want that. So, how about a new-nonfiction-at-your-library-you-can-read-at-the-beach-or-anywhere-you-please list?

Being the book nerd (and word nerd) that I am, I decided to create this nonfiction, to-beach-or-not-to-beach reading list on the letters of the word “summer.” If you’re used to my recommendations arranged in alphabetical order, don’t worry — I haven’t suddenly lost my ability to alphabetize. This week’s list follows a S-U-M-M-E-R order as in Special-Unusual-Mixed-Mingled-Eclectic-Reads. By the way, I just might have broken my brain coming up with that. Whew.

Here’s to medicine, nature, cooking, music, home maintenance and rivers. Beach optional.

  • “Spare Parts: The Story of Medicine Through the History of Transplant Surgery” by Paul Craddock.
  • “Urban Wild: 52 Ways to Find Wildness on Your Doorstop” by Helen Rook.
  • “Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico” by Rick Martinez.
  • “Musical Revolutions: How the Sounds of the Western World Changed” by Stuart Isacoff.
  • “Essential Home Skills Handbook: Everything You Need to Know as a New Homeowner” by Chris Peterson.
  • “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile” by Candice Millard.