Thornton Wilder: A Life (Harper) by Penelope Niven gives a life in superb detail.
In The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary (Granta; to be published in America by the University of Chicago Press in April), Caspar Henderson tells us of fantastic beasts that are not fantasies.
Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth Century England (Palgrave Macmillan) by Julie Peakman is a study of historic English pornography.
Carola Hicks gives art history and more in The King's Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art (Pimlico).
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.
4. Sunday at the Bluff today looks at bioarchaeology ENTERTAINMENT
5. SAAC plans for 'Eye on the Arts' gala ENTERTAINMENT