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J.R.R. Tolkien – The Children of Hurin,Walter Isaacson; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Available Now

Acclaimed biographer Isaacson, formerly the managing editor of Time and the head of CNN, does justice to one of the world’s most beloved scientists in his latest masterpiece. He digs deeper into the true character of Einstein, revealing his quests for peace and exploration in anti-semitic Germany. Isaacson reveals a stunning paradox between Einstein’s hopes for beauty and tranquility and the uncertainty and instability his discoveries created that sets his biography above all others. He focuses on Einstein the person rather than Einstein the scientist, and in doing so paints a true portrait of the man behind the genius.

J.R.R. Tolkien; The Children of Hurin; Available Now

Anyone who has seen the Lord of the Rings movies, read the trilogy, or even glanced through The Hobbit in grade school knows how powerfully Tolkien can create a fantasy tale. This book, edited together by Tolkien’s son almost a century after it was begun, is the first to be released under Tolkien’s name in more than 30 years. Fans have been familiar with the Children of Hurin for decades from hints and references dropped in other Tolkien tales. Determinedly darker than any other his other work, this sparkling story of elves, dwarves and magical creatures does not disappoint; those who scoff at fantasy writing will find it just as satisfying as hard-core Magic: The Gathering players.