Looking for a good book to while away the last lazy days of summer? These non-fiction books are fascinating reads that are as educational as they are entertaining.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
A captivating account of the (mostly fatal) attempts to find the lost city of "Z." Made famous by the legendary explorer Percy Fawcett who perished after a monomaniacal quest to find the ancient city, the author heads to Amazon himself to uncover the mysterious city.
The Way We Work by David Macauly
Beautiful illustrations and clear, interesting writing make this book one of the best and most comprehensive tours of the human body out there.
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Mary Roach's funny, wry and personal style combined with her remarkable ability to explain things makes this book an absolute treat in spite of the macabre subject matter. Just try not to talk about it at the dinner table!
Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
A collection of poetic vignettes, Alan Lightman invents a series of dreams dreamed by Albert Einstein about time, relativitiy, and human experience.
_The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales _by Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks walks us through case histories of patients with neurological disorders, from patients who can no longer recognize their own wives or body parts to those given sudden, bizarre and extraordinary gifts.
Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya by Dick Teresi
Dick Teresi traces the origin of modern science all the way back to the ancient times.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
This classic science masterpeice explores many aspects of the universe, from the direction in which time flows to the incredibly mysterious black hole.