A Modern Marriage by Christy & Mark Kidd Simon & Schuster (e-book) Readers will need to put aside their preconceptions to give this book a fair assessment. Categorised a memoir, A Modern Marriage is more a tale of how a Texas-born couple, married for five years and vanilla in many ways, literally stumble into a swinging lifestyle that would, they say, strengthen their already loving bond. In New York, the pair discover the potential to titillate when they draw back the curtains of a back room at a New Year’s party. What they see sparks a discussion and the decision to give it a go after eight rules are set, among them never to have sex with each other in front of other people. The first attempts to banish inhibitions fail but then they find a swingers’ club and couples who open their eyes to sex with no strings attached. Those hoping for porn may be disappointed: the carnal activities are reported matter of factly, not in a sexy way. They might, however, learn a few things, including that it’s women who drive the swinging world, the etiquette required and the communication crucial among couples who choose to have open relationships. Natural Deception by Joey Lott Archangel Ink (e-book) If you baulk at paying high prices for organic produce, this book justifies your shopping habits. True, conventional produce is more contaminated, but, as Joey Lott asks, why would organic foods have any such residues at all? More important, he says, is to question whether foods with pesticide traces pose a health concern. "Unlikely," he argues, asking whether organic foods are "better for our bodies, the animals in the system, or our world"? His conclusions may not be surprising for a book titled Natural Deception but advocates of organic foods need not be put off their choices. Pointing out that sustainable foods are now a luxury only the rich can afford, he believes that rather than slavishly buying organic products, we should open our eyes to the fact that "an overwhelming majority of organic food production is happening on an industrial scale", which is anything but sustainable. Lott's book feels as though he reached his conclusions first, then found research to back it up, but consumers who preach organic owe it to themselves to keep up with the debate. The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller Audible Studios (audiobook) If only literary criticism always came in the form of The Year of Reading Dangerously , it would be irreverent, understandable and fun. You don't need to agree with any of Andy Miller's opinions about the books - he hated Gabriel García Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage . You don't need to have read his choices, many canonical, some mass-market bestsellers (Herman Melville's Moby Dick and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code respectively). And you don't need to do what he did, which was to devote his commute to books he claimed to have read but hadn't. Keeping a blog helped the process, as did choosing what he actually wanted to read and allowing himself the luxury of injecting into his book the stuff that memoirs are made of. So there are personal reminiscences, footnotes, even a gushing letter to Michel Houellebecq that Miller wrote after reading Atomised and thinking, "Yes, the world is like that." Miller, who narrates his book, has produced something original from an otherwise predictable project.