Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League (Lyons Press) by Julie Zauzmer tells of an elaborate fraud that was successful for years.
The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives (University of Chicago Press) by Jessica Pierce is a memoir of one pet's end and a set of essays on how our dogs go out.
Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady (Oxford University Press) by Dominic McHugh shows how it all came to be.
Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall in a new edition are a fine introduction to the thoughts of Sir Thomas Browne.
A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S. S. United States (Simon and Schuster) by historian Steven Ujifusa recalls the great days of passenger liners crossing the Atlantic.
Molly Caldwell Crosby tells in The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace (Berkley Books) gives crime reporting on a forgotten case.
For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press) by Alexander Tsesis shows that declaring liberty was just the start of bigger things.
The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I (Naval Institute Press) by historian Thomas Boghardt brings new truth about a famous historic blunder.
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance (Knopf) by Jonathan Jones gives insight into a couple of lost monumental paintings.
Thornton Wilder: A Life (Harper) by Penelope Niven gives a life in superb detail.
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