Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History (University of Illinois Press) by Matthew L. Jockers is a manifesto for a new way of looking at literature.
The Private Eye: Detectives in the Movies (Reaktion Books) by Bran Nicol has new thoughts on a familiar movie hero.
Marcello Di Cintio's Walls: Travels Along the Barricades (Soft Skull Press) is a visit to walls around the world.
The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (Harper) by Jesse Walker tells of plots you never suspected.
Spartacus (Harvard University Press) by Aldo Schiavone tells all we can know about the actual hero.
Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean (University of Chicago Press) by marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin tells of an unexpected threat to our oceans.
Plays Well in Groups: A Journey through the World of Group Sex (Rowman & Littlefield) by Katherine Frank is a wide-ranging look at a surprisingly widespread topic.
Judith Lynne Hanna in Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right (University of Texas Press) tells us why stripdancing needs protection as expression.
Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation (Bloomsbury) by Robert Wilson is the Civil War photographer's first biography.
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