White Trash by Nancy Isenberg, Authentic Mexican (a cookbook). by Rick Bayless, and Dark Matter, a suspense novel that seems to involve time travel, by Blake Crouch. Dark Matter is winning the competition. White Trash is interesting enough--starting from the early days of the Republic--but dense. White Trash and Dark Matter are library downloads, so I had better get crackin'.
I also just invested in Todd Oldham's two Charley Harper books, volumes of his art: An Illustrated Life and Animal Kingdom. Love his elegant, minimalist style. (One of the rare occasions where minimalism really appeals to me.) Such economy of line!