Adult Summer Reading List

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This list of books goes along with our 2019 Adult Summer Reading program: “A Universe of Stories!”

The Thing Explainer
by Randell Munroe

In this book, things are explained using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or “ten hundred”) most common

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How I Killed Pluto and
Why It Had It Coming

by Mike Brown

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005…

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The Disappearing Spoon
by Sam Kean

The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and…

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Are We Smart Enough to Know
How Smart Animals Are?

by Frans de Waal

What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of…

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by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of…

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by Mary Roach

Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers…

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And Then You’re Dead
by Cody Cassidy

A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can…

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Stuff Matters
by Mark Miodownik

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave…

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by Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us…

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
by Stephen Brusatte

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers—themselves the beneficiaries of a…

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