Economic Science Fictions, edited by William Davies. I didn’t quite come away with a takeaway from this book, but still I feel obliged to pass knowledge of it along to you. It is a bunch of essays about economic themes in science fiction, and/or how the two “genres” might be more closely integrated, with a lead essay by Ha-Joon Chang.
Allen C. Guelzo, Reconstruction: A Concise History. Could this new book be the single best brief introduction to Reconstruction available? Recommended.
Emily Dufton, Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. I loved this book, which I also consider a paradigmatic example of how to write a wonderful non-fiction work. Throughout it is clear, substantive, balanced, passes various ideological Turing tests, and it focuses on essentials, as well as framing everything in terms of broader theories of social change. It is sure to make my best books of the year list, and if she had ten other books I would buy them all sight unseen. Here is Dufton’s home page.
Bekelech Tola, Injera Variety from Crop Diversity. She explains where all the different types of injera come from. I hadn’t realized for instance that teff is sometimes mixed with maize, or sorghum flour, or cassava powder, all in the service of variety.