The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History (Thames and Hudson) by James Hall gives the long view of the selfie.
The Extreme Life of the Sea (Princeton University Press) by Stephen R. and Anthony R. Palumbi tells why going to extremes is vital.
Beautiful Geometry (Princeton University Press) by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost shows beautiful mathematical pictures and ideas.
Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos (It Books) by Robert Hofler tells how sex came to the stage, screen, and books.
John Beckman writes in American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt (Pantheon Books) about an important, and fun, aspect of the American Character.
The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, & Pursuit (Oneworld Publications) by Carol Baxter tells of modern crime-fighting in 1845.
The Rude Story of English (McClelland & Stewart) by Tom Howell presents a unique history of our language.
The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession by John Cornwell tells a shameful history.
A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting for Proof (Particular Books) by columnist Roger Clarke is just as much about people.
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