Death Valley - Melkissa Broder (Simon & Schuster)

Magical realism with a female protagonist and a mysterious, towering cactus.

Birds Through Indigenous Eyes: Native Perspectives on Birds of the Eastern Woodlands - Dennis Gaffin (Princeton)

Informal discussions between an Algonquin/Ojibwe healer and naturalist and an Ojibwe naturalist/animal rehabilitator form the basis of this book showing how Native understandings of birds contrast with conventional Western views.

The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain: Lyrics for Stacey Kent - Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)

A beautifully illustrated volume of lyrics for sixteen songs written for jazz singer Stacey Kent from a Nobel Prize winning author; the poetic synthesis of literary and musical worlds.

Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals - Emma Wells (Head Zeus)

From an award-winning British academic and author comes an illustrated history of sixteen of the world’s greatest cathedrals interwoven with the lives, legacies and scandals of the people who built them.

Bite by Bite - Aimee Nexhukumatahil (Ecco)

A unique memoir meditation of short essays about food (some hilarious, some poetic) from the author of World of Wonders.

Shakespeare for Every Night of the Year - Colin Salter (Batsford)

Your illustrated guide to Shakespeare on a nightly basis. A beautifully made cornucopia of plays and sonnets in small extracts for meditation before slumber.

The Wide Wide Sea - Hampton Sides (Doubleday)

A critically-acclaimed best selling historian chronicles the final voyage of Captain James Cook. Kirkus Reviews calls it, " Luciously detailed and insightful history, masterfully told."

Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent - Judi Dentch (St. Martin's)

With humor and priceless revelations, the award-winning actress opens up about every Shakespeare role she has played over her seventy-year career.

The Bloomsbury Look - Wendy Hitchmough (Yale)

In paper, an in-depth study of the Bloomsbury group and how they expressed their liberal philosophies and collective identity in visual form.

Rulebreaker: the Life and Times of Barbara Walters - Susa Page (Simon & Schuster)

A well-written and researched biography of this pioneering and iconic journalist.