Here's my current stack and the excuses to read them:
1. The Revenge of Geography, by Robert D. Kaplan, for a nonfiction book group that has been meeting monthly in my home for more than 20 years. This book looks at how geography has shaped global conflicts.
2. In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation, by William J. Cook. Ever wonder what is the shortest possible route for a traveling salesman seeking to visit each city on a list exactly once, and return to his city of origin? Sounds simple, but—not!
3. City of Veils, by Zoe Ferraris, for the 11/6 meeting of the Castro Valley Library Mystery Book Club.
4. Fatal Voyage, by Kathy Reichs, for the 11/20 meeting of the Towne Center Books Mystery Book Club.
5. Assorted magazines: The New Yorker (of course); LLNL's Science & Technology Review (because Ann Parker writes great articles for it); Writer's Digest (great for inspiration, teaching); Real Simple (makes me feel organized); the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (makes me feel educated); Miniatures Magazine (makes me feel crafty).
6. The Price of Power, by Bob Woodward, because it's a must read in an election year.
7. Haven't started: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino, whose Devotion of Suspect X I liked a lot.
and, finally, just for fun
8. New York Stories, published by Everyman's Pocket Classics, which I picked up at The Strand this summer. I thought I was finished with O. Henry ("The Making of a New Yorker") and Jay McInerney (It's 6 a.m. Do You Know Where You Are?") but apparently not.