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A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman
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Virtually every summer I make a habit of rereading portions of A Natural History of the Senses. This lushly written, beautifully insightful book is divided into sections representing the five senses. After I spend time with this book, all my senses feel heightened. I experience the world more deeply—and what better time to do that then during this season of slowing-down and savoring the outdoors? —Noelle Howey, deputy editor

To buy: $17, amazon.com.