"The Disappearing Spoon and ..." Sam Kean | A history of the discovery and use of the elements and the periodic table mixed with amusing and interesting anecdotes about the people and places along the way. One of the best popular science books to come along in a long time. Both smart and engaging.
In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex—an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.