Mary Roach, the Sarah Vowell of science writing, takes on NASA this time and her witty, provocative questions are directed at astronauts and space scientists. We learn the dangers of vomiting in space, the generally horny behavior of Russian astronauts in the presence of female astronauts and the style of supermen when they are asked embarrassing personal questions about their thrilling lives in outer space. Mary Roach, who gave us the hysterical Stiff and Spooked, is as funny here as she has always been. You'll fly through this book.
Noo Saro-Wiwa is the daughter of murdered Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. In this insightful book, she recounts her first extended visit to Nigeria in 20 years. It is a place she thinks of as home, but quite isn’t. It’s a very personal view of one the most dynamic countries in the post-World War II era.
If Mary Shelley were still living today -- she'd be 214 years old -- and a group of friends dared her to write another horror novel, The Last Werewolf might be her response. Glen Duncan's new novel is a thrill ride of a story: our hero, Jake, is educated, wealthy, sexy, over 200 years old and, oh yeah, a werewolf. The last of his kind, in fact. And he's suffering from a bout of ennui that's bordering on severe depression. Mr. Duncan's book reinvents the werewolf for the 21st century: Gothic horror meets James Bond. Fasten your seat belts! This is unlike anything you've ever read before.