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There’s more to a house than square footage, and in his inviting At Home: A Short History of Private Life, the wonderfully eloquent and engaging Bill Bryson shows you around his place, a former Church of England rectory in southern England. As you would expect from the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, this tour encompasses everything about the house—including the kitchen sink; it’s a fascinating material and cultural history of domestic life. In this Special Illustrated Edition, we also get to see what Bryson so vividly describes, and he has included photos of landscapes and architecture, examples of handcrafts and furniture, and prints of ads for the labor-saving devices of the past. Great for browsing or for reading straight through. Available in hardcover, $19.98.

From the word meme to the concept of the selfish gene, Richard Dawkins has made his stamp on contemporary Western culture. As for what made Dawkins the outspoken scientist he is, you can find clues in his memoir, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.  Dawkins looks back to his childhood, his education, and his years at Oxford, recounting not only his many and changing intellectual passions, but his love of music and poems, his recurring obsession with computers, and his insistence on the distinction between natural and group selection. Available in hardcover, $7.98.

Regardless of who is in power, the Kremlin really is red. Catherine Merridale, a history professor at Queen Mary University of London, uses this striking building, constructed in the 15th century, as the fulcrum for her panoramic chronicle of Russia, Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin. Starting with the obscure Viking invaders, the Rus, who settled the area, Merridale looks at the many monarchs and tyrants who have occupied Moscow’s seat of power. She has combed the archives, and separates myths from facts from legends about rulers including Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, and Vladimir Putin. Available in hardcover, $9.98.

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- Laurie Greer