The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (2010, Sourcebooks, Inc).
This is a lovely historical (and modern) romance full of poetic prose and evocative imagery. It alternates between the story of a seventeenth century Scottish woman caught up in the Jacobite rebellion (in which they tried unsuccessfully to bring back the King of Scotland from exile in France) and a modern Canadian woman writing a novel (on location) about her ancestors. (Turns out there was never a Jacob at all, it was King James they wanted to bring back). If you like historical romance, I guarantee you will love this one. I can’t say too much or I’ll spoil the plot for you.
A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul N. Edwards (MIT Press, 2010).
This is a dense, scholarly book which took me a while to read, but it was worth the effort. When I left the world of climatology (the source of my summer jobs while I was in college) back in the early 1980s, computer models ran at processor speeds people probably have on their cell phones now, and even the scientists weren’t talking about global warming yet. Thirty years later, the evidence of climate change is all around us, so the much better models we have now don’t have to be perfect for people to believe in global warming. Ironically, all those years that Republican administrations told federal agencies to “do more research” before making any policy decisions have resulted in some pretty strong research evidence for anthropomorphic climate change.