No Hamptons beach trip would be complete without sex, Sigmund Freud and the Pope. At least you’ll think so after Books & Booksin Westhampton Beach shares its picks for three thrilling nonfiction reads to pack along with the towel and sunscreen.
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich
In this true story of love and adventure, nothing can stop Thad Roberts from keeping a promise to his girlfriend Rebecca—not even NASA security. Roberts is a brilliant NASA co-op intern who starts stealing moon rocks from NASA once they’ve been used in experiments. If the scientists think they’re worthless, then what’s the harm in stealing them, right? This enthralling read from Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires (the basis for the Facebook movie, The Social Network), will take you to the moon and back.
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine by Howard Markel
From acclaimed medical historian Howard Markel comes the astonishing account of the years-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted, the young surgeon who invented modern surgery. This book compassionately demonstrates the breadth of their genius while delving deeply into the character of the addictive personality.
Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich
In Absolute Monarchs, historian John Julius Norwich captures nearly 2000 years of the inspiration, devotion, intrigue and scandal of the papacy. If it doesn’t sound like edge-of-your-seat reading, you’re in for a surprise! Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally and socially to Rome and the world.
And don’t miss out on two of the best fiction releases of the summer—Portrait of a Spy by best-selling author Daniel Silva and The Last Werewolf by newcomer Glen Duncan. Both of these July releases are sizzling with action, adventure, and intrigue, and received glowing front-page reviews in the New York Times Book Review. Of course, Dan’s Hamptons and Books & Books told you about them first!