Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

This title is the latest in the Rachel Morgan fantasy series by Kim Harrison.  In a world where a virus in genetically modified tomatoes has devastated the human population, demons, vampires, werewolves, pixies, witches, and elves have become conspicuous members of society.  Rachel is a strong, talented witch who gets herself into some sticky situations, often through misunderstandings.  In this installment of her adventures, Rachel and her band of misfits dodge attempts on their lives while attempting to drive across the country to clear her name.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

The newest from the author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue, this novel tells the fictionalized account of Clara Driscoll, a female artist who worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany at the turn of the century.  Clara works in the women’s division of Tiffany’s stained glass design studio and is instrumental in the conception and design of his famous stained glass lamps. Her love of art conflicts with her desire for fair treatment as a woman in a man’s world.  The book goes into breathtakingly vivid detail of the creation of Tiffany’s, and Clara’s, colorful windows and lamps. A must-read for art lovers!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This book begins on Earth, with Amy and her parents preparing to be cryogenically frozen.  They are about to be packed onto a spaceship [Godspeed], hoping to travel for 300 years, become reanimated (thawed out), and then terraform a faraway planet (make it livable/like Earth).  Amy overhears the workers saying that the launch has been delayed a year.  One whole year she could have spent with her family and friends on Earth!  As these thoughts send her into despair, she is glad that they won’t last long; she will be unable to think once she’s frozen.  But, then, she is frozen… and she is still capable of thought.  Still conscious of the passing time.  Talk about a torturous existence!  Then someone unplugs her a full 50 years before the estimated landing time, and she will be older than her parents by the time they are reanimated.  Chapters alternate between Amy and a guy named Elder, who will soon be the leader of the people aboard Godspeed.  If you like dystopias and science fiction, you HAVE to read this book!