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Affliction, by Laurell K. Hamilton
I had fun with this one. More plot than the last one had. It was actually more like an old-school Anita Blake than any I'd read in a while. Still, I wish she had a demanding editor.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
This book made me laugh, yell, puzzle, and even tear up a little. I remember learning about these cells (in no real detail at all) in college, and it was satisfying to deepen my understanding by learning about the woman they grew from and the hardships and triumphs of her life, and her family's lives.

Better than Fiction, edited by Don George
Short travel essays. Found a couple of excellent new writers to explore at more length, enjoyed some new bits by authors I already enjoyed. Also, because Lonely Planet is an Australian company, there was a disproportionate number of Aussie and Kiwi authors, which haloed the whole book in a certain unexpected aura of pleasurable novelty.

Memory of the World, by UNESCO
The text is dry as dust, but that lack is overcome by the one-two punch of a truly fascinating topic - the documents that UNESCO inscribed on the Memory of the World historical register - and some seriously gorgeous pictures. Nom.

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