Give your brain a boost this summer.

Breaking news from the Next Big Idea Club: Curators Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink have reviewed their list of six season finalists and hand-picked their favorite nonfiction of the season. Without further ado, the two most exciting beach reads of the summer are…

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win

Psychologist and New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova examines the science of decision-making through the lens of high-stakes poker. Along the way, she evolves from a total novice to one of the game’s most unlikely success stories. “It’s rare enough to find a memoir this transfixing or a behavioral science book this insightful. To have them combined in one place—by a psychologist who mastered one of the most competitive games on earth—is a real treat.” – Adam Grant (View on Amazon)

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Historian and acclaimed TED speaker Rutger Bregman challenges our most deeply held assumptions about human nature. He demonstrates that deep down, we are not cruel and violent; on the contrary, we’re far more kind and cooperative than we realize. “Its bold, sweeping argument will make you rethink what you believe about society, democracy, and human nature itself. In a sea of cynicism, this book is the sturdy, unsinkable lifeboat the world needs.” – Daniel Pink (View on Amazon)