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Books Guaranteed to Make You Smarter

This roundup of books that make you smarter has something for every type of curious mind, with subjects ranging from world maps to memory tricks to the odd wonders of the human digestive system. Check out our list of nonfiction books to make you smarter below, complete with publishers' descriptions.
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Moonwalking With Einstein
Moonwalking With Einstein
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The Sixth Extinction (Elizabeth Kolbert)
The Sixth Extinction (Elizabeth Kolbert)
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A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (Randall Munroe)
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (Randall Munroe)
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Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
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What You Should Know About Politics...But Don't: A Non-Partisan Guide to the Issues That Matter (Jessamyn Conrad)
What You Should Know About Politics...But Don't: A Non-Partisan Guide to the Issues That Matter (Jessamyn Conrad)
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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil Degrasse Tyson)
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil Degrasse Tyson)
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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (Godfrey-Smith)
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (Godfrey-Smith)
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Think Like a Freak (Sreven Levitt)
Think Like a Freak (Sreven Levitt)
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Consider the Fork (Bee Wilson)
Consider the Fork (Bee Wilson)
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Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)
Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
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Thinking Fast and Slow
Thinking Fast and Slow
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Hidden Figures (Shetterly)
Hidden Figures (Shetterly)
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
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Stuff Matters
Stuff Matters
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A Mind for Numbers (Barbara Oakley)
A Mind for Numbers (Barbara Oakley)
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
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The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (Michio Kaku)
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (Michio Kaku)
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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don'
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don'
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Carol Dweck)
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Carol Dweck)
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Are We Smart Enough to Know Smart Animals Are (Dewaal)
Are We Smart Enough to Know Smart Animals Are (Dewaal)
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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
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Gulp. (Mary Roach)
Gulp. (Mary Roach)
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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer'S Guide to the World'S Hidden Wonders (Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras)
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer'S Guide to the World'S Hidden Wonders (Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras)
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The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow
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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics (Tim Marshall)
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics (Tim Marshall)
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Being Wrong (Kathryn Schulz)
Being Wrong (Kathryn Schulz)
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Thing Explainer (Randall Munroe)
Thing Explainer (Randall Munroe)
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukhe
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukhe
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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everythi
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everythi
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the I
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the I
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier ( Sierra Leone)
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier ( Sierra Leone)
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Mother Tongue
Mother Tongue
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Nickel and Dimed
Nickel and Dimed
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