- Susan Casey - The Devil's Teeth. A nerve-fraying account of her time spent with shark researchers on the Farallon Islands, off of San Francisco. If you haven't quite gotten your fill of great white sharks -- and how could you, really -- this is the book for you. Stylish, harrowing, stuffed with facts.
- Jim Harrison - The English Major. Another jocular look at the mid-life male, filled with high and low humor, stinging wit, and great characters. Harrison deals all these cards, as usual, with a full heart and plenty of self deprecation.
- Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian. Wow. It pretty much "contains" the other McCarthy I've read -- it's the border trilogy, No Country For Old Men, and The Road all in one. It's brutal and beautiful and impossible to put down. I finished the last page, sighed, turned to page one and read it again. I never knew there are so many English nouns I don't know the meaning of.