Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

This book talks about a deeply unqualified man who becomes president and then threatens to destroy the world using his horrible ignorance and narcissism. The author spent many months cultivating Trumpites and stole away with the goods in broad daylight.

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas

The author’s effort to make Luther attractive to a wide readership presents its subject as a titanic figure who invented individual freedom and ushered in modernity.

Immune: How Your Body Defends and Protects You by Catherine Carver

A science writer and researcher in public-health policy at Harvard, transforms a data-heavy research area into an amusingly informative survey of the immune system. This book offers historical and scientific context on a subfield of biology that is increasingly being linked to improve and save lives.

The Book of Separation: A Memoir by Tova Mirvis

The author tells an intimate tale of departure, of leaving the modern orthodox community that served as the inspiration for her first two novels, and of leaving her marriage too. She movingly conveys the pain that accompanies the abandonment of one way of life in search of another.

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

A British journalist, long resident in Tokyo, probes the emotional and spiritual effects of the catastrophe that killed thousands of men, women and children in 2011.

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

When the Cold War ended in 1991, nuclear weapons vanished from the minds of most Americans. But Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, warning that the dangers of nuclear conflict remain.

Winter of Ice And Iron by Rachel Neumeier

The plot of Neumeier’s epic fantasy of magic and political intrigue feels familiar, but her writing has a spare, haunting quality that makes up for it. The characters hook; this is a more satisfying comfort food than most.

Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction by Chris D. Thomas

Our “ecological despair,” as Thomas puts it, is probably exaggerated; he argues we are seeing a sixth evolution rather than a sixth extinction.