Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (William Morrow) by Mark Lee Gardner examines the legends.
John Tyler Bonner's Randomness in Evolution (Princeton University Press) tells how differences animals' sizes make other surprising differences.
Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio (Palgrave MacMillan) tells of a magnificent but flawed scientific endeavor.
Per Mollerup's Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Phaidon) appreciates the power in small images.
The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath (John Murray) by Jane Robins reconstructs a series of gruesome murders of brides.
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles (Metropolitan Books) features revealing conversations with a master filmmaker and gossip.
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Emily Anthes tells of technology applied to our animals.
Hollywood and Hitler 1933 - 1939 (Columbia University Press) by Thomas Doherty is a fine history of a sorry time for the movies.
Flickering Light: A History of Neon (Reaktion Books) by Christoph Ribbat shows many ways neon light has affected and reflected us.