A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty - Dave Goldberg, Jeff Blomquist
Anyone who's been paying attention to online discussions about science and science fiction will have heard there is such a thing as geek culture, and that geek culture is extremely hostile to women. Sadly this book is a good case in point. The authors proudly paint themselves, and their readers, as stereotypical geeks who have no social skills, never get dates, and are always pushed into lockers by the bigger boys in high school; in fact they have a bewildering preoccupation with high school given that they, and presumably the audience, are well past that age. Talk about a source of misplaced pride. Emphatically, it is the eternal high school boy that reigns here; they introduce half a dozen hypothetical characters to illustrate physics concepts, and not a single one is female, not even ones that are aliens from other galaxies. When they talk about physicists, they never talk as if they could be female. The only time that women come up are in the occasional sex joke -- e.g. saying that astronomers hope to find life on other planets in hope of finding sexy space babes, or noting that what they particularly liked about the movie Contact was that, by starring Jodie Foster, it gave the impression that astronomy departments might be populated by "smoking hotties" (really, that was your takeaway from the movie?)

All this juvenility and puerile misogyny is not only infuriating in itself, it is sad, because the authors actually are good at explaining physics concepts in clear, understandable ways. They go through modern physics at a good pace, with just enough detail. But in spite of that I can't recommend the book.