The idea that summer reading should be undemanding fluff is a dangerous misconception. In fact, by failing to provide adequate intellectual stimulation, a trivial book can cause irritation, impatience, and discontent, leading to marital discord, bad parenting, excessive drinking, and general existential despair. This can really ruin a vacation. Instead, read one of the excellent titles shown here, and all will be well under the sun.

Smart Summer Reads