Into the Panet by Jill Heinerth transports readers deep into inner space. Author Heinerth has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She brings to life the split-second decisions that determine life or death. When You Find my Body by Dee Dauphinee recounts the disappearance and eventual recovery of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail. Both stories are frank about both the joys and dangers of outdoor adventuring.
Range by Daniel Epstein argues that we need generalists in our increasingly specialized world. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell looks into what we might want to know about the people we don’t know. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown talks about finding the balance between belonging and standing alone.
A Republic, if You can Keep It by Neil Gorsuch makes a case for constitutional “originalism”. Oliver Wendell Holmes by Stephen Budiansky profiles the pioneering jurist who “revolutionized our understanding of common law by showing how the law always evolved to meet the changing needs of society.”
Crusaders by Dan Jones (Templers, Magna Carta) tells how a plea from the Byzantine Empire for military aid in its border wars launched a mass movement that upset the co-existence of Christians and Muslims in Palestine. What followed was decades of mayhem and plunder (at various times, Crusaders attacked not only Muslims but Jews and Byzantium itself). If cutthroat politics and battlefield fireworks catch your interest, this will be a must read.
Featured this week: stories with themes drawn fresh from recent headlines and current events. For crime readers, John Sandford plunks Virgil Flowers in the middle of campus culture wars in Bloody Genius. An academic disptue turns deadly when one of the more confrontational scholars is found dead. In The Girl who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz, investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist is digging dirt on a Russian troll factory that has been seeding the media with propaganda. Lisbeth Slander is on the scene in Moscow to lend a hand.
In Lethal agent by Kyle Mills, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp is on the trail of a French microbiologist, who has been kidnapped and forced to manufacture anthrax by ISIS. The trail leads to Mexican border, where a drug cartel is hired to smuggle the bioweapon into the US. Rapp infiltrates the cartels to learn the identity of the Is cell behind the plot. This one is suitably timely for paranoid thrills.