Books can definitely make you smarter. And with those smarts, you could be more popular. And with popularity, everyone will think you are better-looking. But even if that doesn't exactly pan out, at the very least, these books will make you smarter.
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1. A Brief History of Time — Stephen Hawking
It seems appropriate to begin this literary odyssey by joining Hawking on a cosmic journey that explains complex scientific and mathematical subjects in a manner accessible to the non-scientist. You will turn the final page of this book having obtained greater enlightenment pertaining to the universe, time and ourselves, as well as an improved vocabulary.
2. A Little History of the World — Ernst Gombrich
Turning to something a little closer to home, this concise tome, originally written as a compendium for children, summarizes world history with broad brushstrokes. While of necessity this book suffers from occasional oversimplification, it remains a valuable and informative attempt at such a vast topic. As one observed in a review in the Wall Street Journal, "Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves …."
3. The Fault in Our Stars — John Green
This novel, and soon-to-be major motion picture, will not only increase your knowledge and empathy for young people facing terminal illnesses, but also deepen your understanding of the human condition. The style and grace with which Green unfolds this heart-wrenching story will benefit not only your world view, but also your literary style and flair. Better hurry with this one, the motion picture release is slated for June 6, 2014.
4. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything — Stephen D. Levitt
This rebel economist seeks to use economics to explore and explain human behavior in the most unexpected ways. Read and expect to see causation, correlation and connections in ways you haven't dreamed.
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