The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos (House of Anansi Press) by Neil Turok gives a history of physics and cosmology, and a hopeful look at what science can do for us.
The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture (University of Chicago Press) by ethnomusicologist Timothy Taylor is a history of music in American advertising.
Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana (MIT Press) by Jenna Burrell is a sociological study of young Ghanaians online.
Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered (Scribner) brings back Trudi Kanter's lost memoir.
In Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Viking), Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy give the history, science, and folklore of rabies.
_The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine - Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary (Faber and Faber) by Jenny Uglow tells of an architectural fantasy.
An old book of spells, The Long Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire (Llewellyn Publications), tells us about its users and their needs and beliefs.
The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published (Harper) by David Skinner says a lot about how we feel about our dictionaries and our language.
Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City (Bloomsbury Press) by Jeanette Keith tells the story of the 1878 plague.
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy (Pegasus Books) by historian Paul Thomas Murphy demonstrates how the assassins empowered the monarch.
5. Out and About for the week of June 28, 2015 ENTERTAINMENT