Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen (University of Chicago Press) by Philip Ball gives a history of an inescapably enticing idea.
Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick by Owen Chase is newly produced in a handsome illustrated volume.
Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World (Counterpoint) by James Boyce gives the history of an influential bad idea.
The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland (Harvard University Press), by Robert Douglas-Fairchild fills out a childhood classic.
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom (Viking) by Blaine Harden is a dual history.
40 Days of Dating, An Experiment: One Girl, One Guy, Two Sides of a Love Story (Abrams) by Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh is a unique dating story, with unique illustrations.
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City (Dutton) by Mark Adams gives a status report on the worldwide search.
Bill Browder's Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster) tells the horror of doing business in Russia.
The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years (University of California Press) by J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen gives a comprehensive history of the origins of whales.