Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads: Nonfiction

updated 04/07/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/07/2008 01:00AM

ON EATING, SLEEPING, AND COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING

THE TASTE OF SWEET by Joanne Chen
Did your genes made you eat that cookie? An absorbing history of the human affinity for all things sweet.

INSOMNIAC by Gayle Greene
In search of a good night's rest, a lit professor travels the world and bones up on sleep science. No easy answers—but fascinating.

CHEER! by Kate Torgovnick
It's not all pep and pom-poms: A look at the grueling lives of three college cheerleading teams going for the top prize.

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