Time in Powers of Ten: Natural Phenomena and Their Timescales (World Scientific) by Gerard 't Hooft and Stefan Vandoren contemplates the briefest, the longest, and everything in between.
The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) by Martin Windrow describes a vital friendship.
The Pillar: The Life and Afterlife of the Nelson Pillar (New Island Books) by Donal Fallon tells more than just the story of a Dublin monument.
Just My Typo: From "Sinning with the Choir" to "The Untied States" (Three Rivers Press) by Drummond Moir is a funny collection of mistakes.
The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side (Atria Books) by Damien Lewis is a fine dog story and war story.
Prisoners, Lovers, & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda (Yale University Press) tells a secret history.
The Passenger Pigeon (Princeton University Press) by Errol Fuller commemorates a great loss.
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker (Viking) by Doug J. Swanson tells a violent rags-to-riches tale.
The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses (The Penguin Press) by Kevin Birmingham details the efforts to keep a classic out of our hands.
Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early American Republic (University of Chicago Press) by Matthew Warner Osborn is history with a view to alcohol.