The Martian by Andy Weir
Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
A debut collection by a writer for the Emmy Award-winning series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy’s lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.
Somerset by Leila Meacham
One hundred fifty years of Roses’ Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the “black waxy” promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love “Roses” so much-are here in abundance.
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America by Annie Jacobsen
Details how the U.S. government embarked on a covert operation to recruit and employ Nazi scientists in the years following World War II in an effort to prevent their knowledge and expertise from falling into the hands of the Soviet Union.