This week's round-up of Good Reads includes a look at elusive and isolated Amazon tribes, signs of progress across Africa, the well-being of Americans, and the savvy of US voters.
Utah's state legislature has introduced a bill that would outlaw smoking in cars with under age 16 present. If it passes, Utah will become the sixth state with such a ban.
Asia Pulp & Paper Co. has promised to stop using wood from Indonesia's natural forests. Unprecedented market pressures, driven in part by Barbie and Mickey Mouse, helped.
Clean-energy advocates, environmentalists, and others descended on Washington Sunday, in what organizers say was the largest climate protest in US history. Their rallying point was opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would take Canadian tar sands and transport it to US refineries.
In the audience for Obama's State of the Union speech will be several Americans touched by gun violence and a group of undocumented immigrants – human reminders of the president's coming legislative challenges.