40 Days of Dating, An Experiment: One Girl, One Guy, Two Sides of a Love Story (Abrams) by Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh is a unique dating story, with unique illustrations.
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City (Dutton) by Mark Adams gives a status report on the worldwide search.
Bill Browder's Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster) tells the horror of doing business in Russia.
The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years (University of California Press) by J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen gives a comprehensive history of the origins of whales.
The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym (Reaktion Books) by Eric Chaline will tell you what all those people were doing in gyms for the past 2,000 years.
Mathematics Without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation (Princeton University Press) by Michael Harris shows how his profession solves, and creates, problems.
Michael Rosen's Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story (Counterpoint) is a special book for learning the alphabet you think you already know.
Cunegonde's Kidnapping: A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment (Yale University Press) by Benjamin J. Kaplan tells of a little failure before the Enlightenment took full hold.
The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent Scandal (Knopf) by Hubert Wolf tells of turmoil in a convent in Rome.
Nathan Sawaya's The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO (No Starch Press) tells how and why he sculpts with a kid's toy.