The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath (John Murray) by Jane Robins reconstructs a series of gruesome murders of brides.
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles (Metropolitan Books) features revealing conversations with a master filmmaker and gossip.
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Emily Anthes tells of technology applied to our animals.
Hollywood and Hitler 1933 - 1939 (Columbia University Press) by Thomas Doherty is a fine history of a sorry time for the movies.
Flickering Light: A History of Neon (Reaktion Books) by Christoph Ribbat shows many ways neon light has affected and reflected us.
The Gateway Arch: A Biography (Yale University Press) by Tracy Campbell tells how St. Louis got its symbol.
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.