In Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens (Knopf), Andrea Wulf tells an inspiring story of scientific cooperation.
Swell: A Year of Waves (Chronicle Books) by Evan Slater collects photographs of surfers' dream waves.
In Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Dame Daphne Sheldrick explains about putting orphans back into the jungle.
Cruelty & Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press) by Simon Dickie gives us a new view of the era.
Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters (William Morrow) by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles shows the case is still important.
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Knopf) by Anne-Marie O'Connor is a study of big slices of twentieth century history.
In Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology (Basic Books), John Long tells how to make robot fish, and what it means to do so.
Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong (Knopf) by Raymond Bonner shows flaws in our way of administering capital justice.
Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press) by Michael Dobson gives the history of how amateurs kept Shakespeare in performance.
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design (Lawrence King Publishing) by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne has good graphics to show a history of graphics.