Summer means travel, and travel means discovery. Here are 10 July books that offer stimulating (but not always pleasant) explorations of various locales around the globe.

To the New Owners, Madeleine Blais
An “unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on [Martha’s Vineyard].”

We Are Syrians, Adam Braver
“Three Syrians who have faced down their country’s police state tell their respective first-person stories.”

A Paris All Your Own, Eleanor Brown
“A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned travelers as well as those planning their first adventure.”

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Ants Among Elephants, Sujatha Gidla
“Firsthand, far-ranging account of the lives of people categorized as the lowest of the low in India’s caste system.”

Vanishing New York, Jeremiah Moss
Examining the “hypergentrification” of NYC, Moss delivers “a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud.”

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver, Lynda Schuster
The veteran foreign correspondent chronicles her work in Israel, Costa Rica, Honduras, Lebanon, South Africa, and elsewhere.

Eric_BorderThis Is Not a Border, Ahdaf Soueif & Omar Robert Hamilton
“Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008.”

Affluence without Abundance, James Suzman
“A spirited ethnography of the ancestral peoples of the Kalahari.”

The Sagrada Familia, Gijs van Hensbergen
“An engrossing, vivid inquiry into a man and his magisterial creation,” Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia.

Among the Living and the Dead, Inara Verzemnieks
“The Latvian world of her grandmother draws the writer, an American, back to the old country to re-create a vanished life between farm and war….A highly polished memoir of enormous heart.”

Eric Liebetrau is the nonfiction and managing editor.