Just added two books to my wish list after reading Wendy's post about Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. I wasn't familiar with Mary Roach, but found several other nonfiction lay science books that she has written that sound fascinating. I love lay science!
The other book Wendy mentioned was The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Andrea Rock. I've read a couple of novels lately about dreaming (The Vault of Dreamers-post scheduled for Aug. 20--loved, and The Anatomy of Dreams- post scheduled for Sept. 2- not so much). I also read articles in The Guardian like Sleep May Help Memories Form by Creating New Synapses and Sleep's Role in Memory Formation and Lucid Dreaming Can Be Induced by Electric Scalp Stimulation (my own lucid dreams are rare, but appreciated).
Sleep and memory are also discussed in How We Learn by Benedict Carey (this one was so good, but I haven't scheduled my review yet). In fiction and fact, dreams are intriguing to most of us.
I've got two great possibilities for Carl's R.I.P. Challenge lined up:
The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd. "The shadow of Bram Stoker’s Dracula looms large over the darkest mystery yet faced by Victorian detective Charles Maddox—as the acclaimed author of The Solitary House and A Fatal Likeness once again pays homage to a literary classic, in a chilling tale of superstition, dangerous science, and shocking secrets."