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6 Great Nonfiction Beach Reads


Six nonfiction books, in six different genres, we can't wait to read this summer.

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SELF-HELP
In The Tools, L.A. therapists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels share the techniques they've used with blocked screenwriters to help you find your "inner authority."

TRUE CRIME
Richard Lloyd Parry's ambitious procedural People Who Eat Darkness tracks the investigation of a British woman's disappearance in Tokyo and profiles the perpetrator.

CURRENT EVENTS
In Journalism, reporter-illustrator Joe Sacco uses his signature medium—cartoons—to document the plights of Saharan refugees and Chechen war widows.

MEMOIR
Anthony Swofford follows his best-selling Gulf War exposé, Jarhead, with Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails, in which he comes clean on his divorce and his older brother's death.

BIOGRAPHY
Rich Cohen's The Fish That Ate the Whale tells the colorful story of a penniless fruit peddler who became a banana kingpin, toppling two governments along the way.

TECHNOLOGY
Andrew Blum maps the fascinating physical manifestations of cyberspace (e.g., Google's enormous data centers) in Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet.

—Timothy Hodler, research director at Details

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