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.
The Gateway Arch: A Biography (Yale University Press) by Tracy Campbell tells how St. Louis got its symbol.
The Complete Dinosaur (Indiana University Press), edited by Brett-Surman, Holtz, and Farlow, is a huge summary of what we know about the ancient beasts.
In Butterfly People: An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World (Pantheon), historian William Leach recounts American butterfly madness.
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey (PublicAffairs) by Peter Carlson gives a unique view of the war.
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household (Harper) by Kate Hubbard gives a new way of knowing the Queen.
Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body (Norton) by Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a grand way to appreciate what we all have got.
Mark Whitaker, in Running for Their Lives: The Extraordinary Story of Britain's Greatest Ever Distance Runners, gives a colorful and tragic sports story.
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) by Brian Switek is a jaunty review of how our ideas about dinosaurs have changed.
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