This middle-grade series continues to somehow stay totally wholesome and totally non-saccharine. I am deeply fond of it.
The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Kind of a slog, but worth it. Everything you could want to know about the history of cancer research. I was particularly absorbed by reading about stuff that I had to study in college, because back then it was all confusing and boring, but Mukherjee put it all in context, and I was fascinated.
A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, by Nina Grey et al
This was SO much better than the novel I read about it. Tons of luminous photos of the glass, tons of moving photos of the women artisans, tons of quotes from Driscoll's letters, and a solid historical framework. One of those exhibition catalogues that you'd never know wasn't a regular straight-up book. Solid.
Good Guys and Bad Guys, by Joe Nocera
So business is not high on my list of interests, but Joe Nocera is a fine fine writer. I really enjoyed pushing myself a bit to fill some gaps in my financial knowledge through the vehicle of his stories about the people behind the news. Also, my kneejerk reaction to the people who run corporations is about what you'd expect from someone whose parents were hippies when she was a child, and this helped me think somewhat more broadly about that.