Mark Miodownik: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
This British material science engineer writes a humorous and accessible guide to the materials of everyday life and why they matter. Readable, and even fun, and this from an engineer!
Leonard Hjalmarson: No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place
Though a bit academic at times, and therefore challenging for lugs like me, this book is an important argument for why "place" matters to Christians, indeed why the placelessness of our theologies is unbiblical. It's about time.