1. Henning Mankel, Depths. I loved this story. Have I mentioned that Mankell is one of my favorite contemporary writers?
2. Nick Lane, Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life. One of the best popular science books I’ve read in the last few years. Among other matters he explains why curing aging isn’t so easy, why eukaryotes seem to have evolved only once, and why it often should be "The Selfish Cell" and not always "The Selfish Gene." His book Oxygen is excellent as well.