3 QUIET by Susan Cain. Crown. Introverts, one-third of the population, are undervalued in American society. (3)
4 AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Chris Hadfield. Little Brown. Decades of education at NASA and in outer space provide adrenaline-filled anecdotes.
5 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. The winner of a Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions. (7)
6 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot. Crown. The story of an African-American woman whose cancerous cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951. (5)
7 THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY by Jared M. Diamond. Penguin. Modern society retains many evolutionary practices of primitive and traditional ancestors.
8 THE FRACKERS by Gregory Zuckerman. Penguin. How experiments by wildcatters tapped into shale — and environmental controversy.
9 FOCUS by Daniel Goleman. Harper. The author of “Emotional Intelligence” relies on research on attention to argue that high achievement requires three kinds of focus. (4)
10 WHY CAN’T I GET BETTER? by Richard I. Horowitz. St. Martin’s. A doctor’s investigation of Lyme disease.