In Jumbo: The Unauthorized Biography of a Victorian Sensation (Aurum Press), John Sutherland tells how we treated the most famous of elephants, and others.
In Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans (William Morrow), David Barrie calls us back to scan the skies.
Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake (Yale University Press) by Donald E. Sutherland tells of a brilliant painter and competent brawler.
The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History (Thames and Hudson) by James Hall gives the long view of the selfie.
The Extreme Life of the Sea (Princeton University Press) by Stephen R. and Anthony R. Palumbi tells why going to extremes is vital.
Beautiful Geometry (Princeton University Press) by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost shows beautiful mathematical pictures and ideas.
Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos (It Books) by Robert Hofler tells how sex came to the stage, screen, and books.
John Beckman writes in American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt (Pantheon Books) about an important, and fun, aspect of the American Character.
The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, & Pursuit (Oneworld Publications) by Carol Baxter tells of modern crime-fighting in 1845.