1. Vie Francaise, by Jean-Paul Dubois. He is the French Philip Roth; the bottom line is that I finished it, and not just because of the occasional mentions of Adam Smith.
3. Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang, by Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok. Inflation vs. cyclic theories, the latter help you stay an agnotheist by resolving the Goldilocks problem; only some of the universes through time have order as we know it. I enjoyed it, even though I am sick of popular physics books. It’s also the first time I’ve understood anything about the Higgs field debates. Recommended.
4. The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society into the Economic Society, by Mark A. Smith. The main thesis is that right wingers have made America a more conservative society by framing issues in terms of economic reasoning. Maybe I am too close to the topic, but I didn’t learn anything from the book. At the very least it should interest progressives looking to mimic the successes (?) of the right wing.
5. Blankets, by Craig Thompson. This I loved and read in one sitting; it is a very good introduction to graphic novels, especially if you are not thrilled by Alan Moore.