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Take some holiday time to go deep with some serious brain food.

We’re not talking deep dives like Craig Challen and Richard Harris’s daring Thai cave rescue, as told in their bestselling memoir Against All Odds (although it’s one hell of a gripping read). Here we’re talking more about delving far beneath the surface of the things you find intriguing. This is about spending some downtime unlocking passions, learning about the big picture, firing your synapses, discovering your next obsession. Here are some books that go way beyond scratching the surface.

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