The Best Nonfiction of the Year So Far

A look at a few of our favorite true stories from the first half of 2018, including a bird-brained heist caper, the dirty secrets behind massive fraud in Silicon Valley, the mysterious disappearances of two explorers in the Borneo wilderness, and more.

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The Best Books of the Year So Far: Tara Westover on "Educated"

Tara Westover's  Educated—a stirring chronicle of her path from a survivalist upbringing to Cambridge University—is our top pick for the best books of 2018 so far. Here's our interview with Westover, originally published on February 20, 2018.

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12 Summer Reads for the Lazy Weekend or Long Layover

While some prefer summer reading to be on the lighter side, others take the opportunities of long weekends or even longer vacations to sink their teeth into meatier fare. These twelve books range from frothy to timely.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of June

This month, our picks include an inspirational first-personal journey through the challenges of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, the memoirs of one of our most celebrated (and controversial) journalists, the latest collection from master self-deprecator David Sedaris, and an ingenious biography of director David Lynch.

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Load up on Prime Reading Page-Turners This Summer

Long days are best spent with a cold drink and a great book.

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Publish and Perish: Cosmologist Brian Keating on "Losing the Nobel Prize"

What's it like to think you were about to change the world and then find out you didn't? It might be good to know that you weren't the first. Keating reflects on other cases where expedience trumped peer-review—featuring one very famous astronomer—revealing both the consequences and limits of over-examination. 

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Roxane Gay's Favorite Recent Reads

Roxane Gay tells us why these five books - two novels, two nonfiction books, and a volume of poetry - are among her favorite recent reads.

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The Best Nonfiction Books of June

Our picks for the best true tales of the month, including: our complicated relationship with an apex predator; the not-so-inevitable fates written in your genes; and the brave new intersection of technology, data, and advertising.

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Feets of Strength

Employers beware: The World Cup is coming, and productivity is about to drop. Get up to speed on everything soccer, from its greatest players to its greatest teams to its greatest haircuts.

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Tales of Fateful Trips

They say that these are the two best days of boat ownership: The day you buy your boat, and the day you sell your boat. Sometimes, the ocean decides you only get the first. Here are five books about calamity on the open ocean, from the triumphant and inspirational to the mysterious and tragic. 

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A Sex Money Murder Exclusive

Jonathan Green spent years researching one of the most powerful and ruthless gangs of the crack-fueled '80s and '90s that is still referenced in rap songs decades later.  In this exclusive piece, Green talks about the cultural power of Sex Money Murder.

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A Guide to "Roughing It" for Hipsters and Other Artisanal Types

Forget rubberized covers: There's a new aesthetic for books about camping and the outdoors, and it's young and classy. Here's a selection of books that will look bomber on your bookshelf, even if you never read them.

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"Be Our Guest!" at Gray Malin's Hotel Circus Extravaganza

What do a lion, an elephant, and a monkey have to do with comfy beds, a turquoise swimming pool, and perhaps a game of croquet?  The answer lies in Palm Springs...

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of May

What happens when you actually run away and join the circus? Find out in this month's picks, along with a monumental biography of a monumental actor/comedian, an ambivalent story about the ambivalence of parenting, and more.

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The Strangest Museum Heist You've Never Heard Of

Rare dead birds, obsessive fly-tiers, a small natural history museum in England, and a golden flute all play crucial roles in a fascinating crime.

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