People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - And the Evil That Swallowed Her Up (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Richard Lloyd Parry describes a bizarre crime in a different society.
Doug MacDougall in Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future (University of California Press) explains why the dusty old science is actually vitally instructive.
Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster (ECW Press) by Tere Tereba gives us an exciting, horrifying life story.
Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War (Hill and Wang) by Guy Gugliotta tells how bitter conflicts produced a monument to our way of government.
In The Real Great Escape: Roger Bushell and the Most Daring POW Breakout of the Second World War (Bantam Press), historian Guy Walters corrects movie history.
In Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolution Front Line (Oxford University Press), Jason Rosenhouse explores the world of Biblical literalists.
In A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics (Yale University Press), historian Neil Faulkner has an amusing way to explain Ancient Greek history.
_Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy_ (St. Martin's Press) by Kate Hopkins hunts the world and hunts through history for the perfect candy.
In _Reality: A Very Short Introduction_ (Oxford University Press), philosopher Jan Westerhoff finds that it is not so simple telling what is real.
Richard Fortey in Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (Knopf) visits living fossils.