The Wooden Sea (Crane's View #3) by Jonathan Carroll. This is not one of those trilogies for which you must read the books in order. I started with Book #3, which I have to say was the best of the three and a really great story. Highly recommended!!
This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking edited by John Brockman (2012) An intriguing book of essays by experts who have each written a short explanation about a specific topic that will beef up the average person's brain power.