My Adventures with Your Money: George Graham Rice and the Golden Age of the Con Artist (St. Martin's Press) by T. D. Thornton brings a skilled con man out of obscurity.
The Global Transformation of Time 1870 - 1950 (Harvard University Press) by Vanessa Ogle tells you why your clock is showing the time it shows.
The Priest, the Prince, and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture (MFA Publications) by Lawrence M. Berman gives all the details of an important work of art.
Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster? The Myths and Misery, Secrets and Psychology of Waiting in Line (Workman Publishing) by David Andrews gives insights into an activity we all participate in.
Kliph Nesteroff's The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy shows, as Steve Martin knew: Comedy is not pretty.
Map: Exploring the World (Phaidon) shows astonishing diversity.
Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty (Viking) by Dan Jones puts the famous document in historical perspective.
The Hunt for Vulcan: And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe (Random House) by Thomas Levenson tells how science advances by researching how a theory does not fit.
The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World (Crown Publishers) by David Jaher tells what happened with spiritualism was in fashion and scientists wanted to find out why.
Hitler at Home (Yale University Press) by Despina Stratigakos shows the dictator's use of domestic settings.