10 smartest books you can read this summer

Recent books that are sure to add to your intelligence.

A women reads a book under the sun in the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. (Photo credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Summer is a season for relaxation and folly but can also be a time to sharpen your brain against some stimulating literature. These books may not be everyone's idea of beach reading but they are sure to spark up your intelligence. While the list of the smartest books ever would likely be a Sisyphean and ultimately fruitless undertaking, here are some choices from books released within the past year.

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