In The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century (Riverhead Books), a daughter examines her father's life in American entertainment.
The Damnation of John Donellan: A Mysterious Case of Death and Scandal in Georgian England (Walker) by Elizabeth Cooke resurrects a forgotten and curious case.
Leonardo and the Last Supper (Walker) by Ross King lets us see the painting anew.
Birds in a Cage (Short Books) by Derek Niemann tells an inspiring story of how birdwatchers came through their war imprisonment.
The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces (Harper Design) by Stephen Coles is a handsome reference guide.
Perilous Moon: Occupied France, 1944 - The End Game (Casemate) by Stuart Nimmo is about his RAF father and the Nazi who shot him down.
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.
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