First was In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan, which tries to put forth the proposition that the highly processed foods that the manufacturing sector produces and pushes on us isn't healthy, and that "nutritionism" tries too hard to break down food into a limited number of nutrients, and that food, as opposed to food-like substances, contains vast numbers of unstudied micronutrients that are all required for good health. Thought-provoking.
The second was the latest novel by Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure. It deals with two Jews, one from Abyssinia, and the other from the Frankish realms, wandering in Khazar territory, and their adventures there. Nicely done, and I really liked the characterizations.