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The Best Books of June: Nonfiction

Amazon Book Review: This Is Your Brain on ParasitesHere are a few of our favorite Nonfiction titles this month. See more of the Best Books of the Month.

Have you heard the one about the wasp that turns cockroaches into living food trucks for its larvae? How about the schizophrenia-inducing parasite that lives in your cat's litter box, literally altering human brain chemistry to its own inscrutable ends? If not, you have a choice to make: to immediately read or assiduously avoid Kathleen McAuliffe's This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society. McAuliffe, author of The Atlantic article "How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy," surveys a horrorshow universe of microscopic maladies and the strangely specific ways they use us, including the shapes of our civilizations and beliefs. Highly original, thought-provoking and compellingly cringe-inducing; you should choose to read it.


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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
With her inimitable voice and perspective, Roach explores how our soldiers combat their non-gun-wielding opponents--panic, heat exhaustion, the runs, and more. It will give you a new appreciation not only for our men and women in uniform, but for the unsung scientist-soldiers tasked with coming up with ways to keep the "grunts" alive and well.

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Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union by Steven Budiansky
Cryptology expert Budiansky tracks the National Security Agency from its secret origins through the Cold War and beyond, offering historical perspective on modern events (Edward Snowden) and the backstory on Soviet codes and how they were broken.

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But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman
How will the future view us? Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today?

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