Steven V. Ash's A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year after the Civil War (Hill and Wang) restores a massacre into its historic place.
Rogerson's Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World (Profile Books) by Barnaby Rogerson is a number book even for those who dislike mathematics.
Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation (Princeton University Press) by Robert Bartlett is a miraculous history.
War over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction (McFarland and Co.) by Richard Toronto tells of the conquest of the world by underground demons.
Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders (Knopf) by historian Denise A. Spellberg shows how America got religious toleration.
ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color (Bloomsbury) by design and culture writer Jude Stewart is appropriately colorful.
Julie Peakman's _The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex_ (Reaktion Books) takes the long view.
Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography (University of Chicago Press) by David S. Shields shows the start of movie glamour.
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate (Metropolitan Books) by Rose George takes us behind the shipping scenes.
The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind - and Changed the History of Free Speech in America (Metropolitan Books) by Thomas Healy shows how Holmes came around.