The Pillar: The Life and Afterlife of the Nelson Pillar (New Island Books) by Donal Fallon tells more than just the story of a Dublin monument.
Just My Typo: From "Sinning with the Choir" to "The Untied States" (Three Rivers Press) by Drummond Moir is a funny collection of mistakes.
The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side (Atria Books) by Damien Lewis is a fine dog story and war story.
Prisoners, Lovers, & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda (Yale University Press) tells a secret history.
The Passenger Pigeon (Princeton University Press) by Errol Fuller commemorates a great loss.
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker (Viking) by Doug J. Swanson tells a violent rags-to-riches tale.
The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses (The Penguin Press) by Kevin Birmingham details the efforts to keep a classic out of our hands.
Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early American Republic (University of Chicago Press) by Matthew Warner Osborn is history with a view to alcohol.
Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine (Twelve) by Maximillian Potter is more than just a true crime story.
Matthew Stewart in Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (W. W. Norton) tells of the influence of deism, not Christianity, on our founders.
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