Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales tells the lore and the science of mollusks.
In The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (Atria Books), Sy Montgomery gets to know tentacled minds.
Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (Liveright) by Jonathan M. Bryant presents a tangled legal and moral case.
Leon Werth's 33 Days (Melville House Publishing) is a rediscovered first person report of the start of the Occupation.
Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece, Geometry, Construction and Site (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers) has text and a wealth of pictures to describe an astonishing architectural achievement.
Charles Kaiser in The Cost of Courage (Other Press) rescues stories out of silence.
In A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life (Bloomsbury), Denise Inge tells lessons from beyond the grave.
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (Amistad) by Pamela Newkirk tells of the time it was okay for a man to be a zoo exhibit.
Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush (Oneworld) by Steve Boggan brings the gold rush up to date.
The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Peter Moore is an engaging story of remarkable personalities.