Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution Lane, Nick W. W. Norton & Company (June 22, 2009)
Well written, full of the leatest scientific insights; covers the great questions from the origin of life, the inventiopn of sex, the nature of consciousness, to death. A great modern primer for those who want to get an overall picture of the life sciences. Very ascessible for lay readers. Winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.