Here in Charleston, we’re quickly moving into the brutally hot days of midsummer, which calls for one of three activities: boat, beach, or anything within an air-conditioned space. Regardless which I choose, there’s sure to be a book at hand. I have a couple more weeks to catch up on the spring/early summer books I missed—I just finished Charles Foster’s Being a Beast and highly recommend it—but here are a few July books I look forward to reading, in alphabetical order (all quotes from the Kirkus review):

Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Seinfeld is my favorite sitcom of all time, and this “intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be.”

Who Shot Sports by Gail Buckland

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Pulling back the curtain on the photographers behind some of the most significant photos in the history of sports journalism (just as she did for rock ’n’ roll in her previous book), Buckland curates a “superb anthology of sports photographs, coupled with an illuminating text exploring the making of images both iconic and unknown.”

Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett

In this “neuroscientist’s irreverent guide to the brain,” Burnett “manages to both entertain and inform in engaging ways that would benefit the performance of the most humorless pedant. In each instance, he piques readers’ interest with some whacky or puzzling behavior and thoughtfully explains the underlying neuroscience.”

Eric_bodyimageLift by Daniel Kunitz

In a book whose “literary qualities suggest George Plimpton,” Kunitz makes an “excellent contribution to the literature of athletic performance of interest to anyone with a penchant for self-improvement.”

The Voyeur’s Motel by Gay Talese

Like many, I was simultaneously disturbed and fascinated by the New Yorker excerpt and can’t wait to read the entire account, particularly after Talese disavowed the book and then issued a statement through his publisher that he doesn’t disavow it. In a starred review, our reviewer finds the book to be “undoubtedly creepy and unnerving but also an entirely compelling slice of seamy American life.”

Eric Liebetrau is the nonfiction and managing editor.