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We’ve always been drawn to fiction (our ever-growing reading pile proves it) but lately non-fiction titles have been grabbing our attention. Our new-found interest isn’t making that book stack any smaller, but the weather’s getting nicer and books are the perfect beach accessory. Here are six non-fiction reads to add to your list.

1. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Orthadox Girlhood by Leah Vincent ~ An electrifying memoir about a young woman’s promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.  2. A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka ~ What Madhulika Sikka didn’t foresee when initially diagnosed are the unexpected and minute challenges that make navigating the world of breast cancer all the trickier. Her collection of personal essays is a definitive and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer for patients and their loved ones.  3. The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson ~ Healthy soil solves a myriad of problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Ohlson’s discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.

4. Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford ~ Let this video explain it.  5. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui (yes, that Elaine Lui) ~ A loving mother-daughter memoir that will have readers laughing out loud, gasping in shock, and reconsidering the honesty and guts it takes to be a parent.  6. Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale ~  Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood. 

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