Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina (Princeton University Press) by Stuart B. Schwartz shows it's more than meteorology.
In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal (New York University Press), Rebecca M. Herzig covers a topic no one else will.
Patton Oswalt's Silver Screen Fiend: Learning about Life from an Addiction to Film (Scribner) tells a comic story from a real addict.
In Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects (University of Chicago Press), entomologist Scott Richard Shaw shows we undervalue insects.
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones (Ecco) tells of real knightly bravery.
Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction (Bloomsbury Sigma) by Jules Howard is a review of how those others do it.
Earth's Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters (University of Chicago Press) by Martin J. S. Rudwick gives the scientific history of geochronology.
Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (Thames and Hudson) by Mike Pitts details an archaeological miracle.
Bonnie Weinstein in To the Far Right Christian Hater (Rare Bird Books) gives examples of religious hatred directed toward making the military more Christian.
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