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Between the Lines: A baker’s dozen of nonfiction must-reads

Last week, we offered a sampling of fiction titles to get you started on the summer-reading road. This eclectic list is of nonfiction titles coming our way, from autobiography and memoir to sociology and history. Oh, and humor. We must have a good laugh, after all.

They’re arranged alphabetically by author name. Publishing dates are noted for those not on sale now. Look in this space in coming weeks for another list of recommended titles, focused on “beach reads.”

“The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World” by Anthony M. Amore (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 272 pages; July 14): As head investigator at a Boston art museum, Amore is well-credentialed to recount some of the more daring and outrageously unscrupulous art frauds from the 1800s on.

“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg (Penguin, $29, 288 pages; June 16): A comedian-actor and a sociology professor explore the question: “With so many ways for singles to connect with each other … why is there is much angst and frustration?”

“Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy” by Judd Apatow (Random House, $27, 512 pages; June 16): The filmmaker and TV producer engages in candid conversations with famous comedians.

“Daddy, Stop Talking! (And Other Things My Kids Won’t Be Getting”) by Adam Carolla (Dey Street Books, $27, 256 pages): Comedian-actor-TV host and father of two offers a “parenting manual” and practical life “advice” to young adults.

“How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century” by Bella DePaulo (Atria, $26, 320 pages; Aug. 25): A “cross-country survey” of Americans’ living situations uncovers the creative options we’ve chosen.

“Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship” by Robert Kurson (Random House, $28, 304 pages; June 16): Two adventurers embark on a global search for the lost ship of Joseph Bannister. A fascinating voyage.

“Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh (Thomas Dunne, $26, 288 pages): The neurosurgeon takes us into the operating theater in this intimate, compassionate and darkly funny memoir.

“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $30, 336 pages): The compelling biography of pioneering aviator-siblings Wilbur and Orville Wright by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.

“Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime” by Val McDermid (Grove Press, $26, 320 pages; July 7): Forget TV’s “forensic dramas.” A mix of science and case histories of violent crimes reveals how forensics helped catch the bad guys.

“Incredible and True Fishing Stories,” collected by Shaun Morey (Workman, $11, 224 pages): Attorney and former fishmonger Morey tracked down anglers and boat captains to find a tackle box full of tales.

“It’s a Long Story” by Willie Nelson (Little, Brown, $30, 400 pages): One of the original “outlaw” country singers puts it all on the line with this bawdy and moving tale of his extraordinary life.

“The Storm of the Century” by Al Roker (William Morrow, $30, 320 pages; Aug. 11): NBC’s weather guru recounts the “tragedy, heroism and survival” of the Great Gulf Hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas, in 1900 and left 8,000 dead.

“The French House” by Don Wallace (Sourcebooks, $15, 336 pages): The Manhattan-based author and his wife bought a house sight-unseen, in a French village they’d once visited. Uh-oh, the place turned out to be a wreck.

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