I'm an engineer by training and teaching myself the basics of cell and developmental biology. I'm using Scott F. Gilbert's Developmental Biology and Alberts' Essential Cell Biology right now, and they are both great resources.
Can you recommend good books on similar topics that are written in a non-textbook format?
EDIT: For example, I found books like The Greatest Show on Earth, Extended Phenotype, and Nature via Nurture really useful to learn about the basics of evolution while I was reading Watson's Molecular Biology of the Gene. Are there similarly well-written books for cell biology, developmental biology, or biochemistry? I know this sounds broad, but I'm not asking for textbook recommendations. I'd like to read something that isn't a textbook alongside my current studies.
SECOND EDIT: I'd be like to extend this question to recommendations of broad review articles in Cell and Developmental Biology too. For example 'How do cells know where they are?' is an excellent article on different strategies cells may use to assess distance in a developing embryo.