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.
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (Twelve) by Charles Graeber tells of a scarily malfunctioning system.
Nathaniel Philbrick in Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution< (Viking) tells the famous story anew.
Serpentine (Abrams) by Mark Laita presents beautiful snakes artistically posed.