"The Coroner's Lunch" and other Dr. Siri Paiboun novels by Colin Cotterill 72-year old Dr. Paiboun is the only coroner in 1970s communist Laos. Together with nurse Dtui he investigates suspicious deaths while avoiding the ever present political entanglements resulting from the communist takeover.
"In the First Circle" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. How do you lead your life when everything you had, including your freedom, have been taken from you? A look into the reality of life in Stalin's secret prisons by Nobel Prize winner Solzhenitsyn.
"The Illustrated History of the World" by J.M. Roberts (multiple volumes). A beautifully illustrated world history that is a joy to browse through and to read. A great resource for school history projects as well. Recommended for teens & adults.
"The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science" by Richard Holmes Botany, astronomy, chemistry, medicine are just a few of the areas where the romantic generation contributed to scientific exploration. A fascinating read!