Finally read "Secrets in the Shadows," a 2005 bio of my favorite comic book artist: Gene Colan. The parts about Colan's decline (first under Shooter at Marvel, then under Giordano at DC) make for sad reading. It's clear that Colan needed a sympathetic writer-editor like Stan Lee, Marv Wolfman or Steve Gerber, who understood his unique style of art. A lot of people didn't.
The parts about Colan's life with his late wife, Adrienne, are heartbreaking, if you know about the unhappiness Colan has been through over the last year.
A Gift From Earth, an early Larry Niven novel. I'm a big fan of Nivens, having read most of his solo novels along with many of his collaborative efforts, but for some reason this book slipped past me.
Stalinism As A Way Of Life by Lewis Siegelbaum & Andrei Sokolov. A collection of all kinds of documents from Russia mainly from the 1930s. Siegelbaum said they tried to get a very eclectic range of documents as far as their demeanor and what they were talking about.