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Substance in the Summertime: Full Nonfiction List

The following titles were recommended by writer Alan Greenblatt for summer nonfiction reading. To print the full list, choose the "print page" icon at upper right.

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen (HarperCollins)

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin)

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis (Vintage Books)

Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court by Edward Lazarus (Penguin)

Becoming Justice Blackmun by Linda Greenhouse (Henry Holt)

Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse by Steve Bogira (Knopf)

Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran by Christopher De Bellaigue (HarperCollins)

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang (Simon & Schuster)

Them: A Memoir of Parents by Francine du Plessix Gray (Penguin)

Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana by Stephanie Elizondo Griest (Random House)

The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood by David Thomson (Knopf)

Weather Bird by Gary Giddins (Oxford University Press)

The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft by Robert S. Boynton (Vintage)