Nonfiction Beach Reads

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This week, Kim and Alice take a deep dive into types of nonfiction that are great for reading at the beach — stunt and celebrity memoirs, science and nature stories, and historical true crime reads.

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From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Drinking in America by Mark Edward Lender


Barons of the Sea by Steven Ujifusa

Blood and Ivy by Paul Collins

A Bite-Sized History of France by Stephane Henaut (translated by Jeni Mitchell)

Killing It: An Education by Camas Davis


Stunt Memoirs!

My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

The Lunatic Express by Carl Hoffman

Nature/Science Books!

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

Light/Historical True Crime!

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Comedy Memoirs!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang

I Know I Am But What Are You by Samantha Bee

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’All Don’t Even Know by Retta


Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Fighting Chance by Faye Dudden


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