THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING (ABRIDGED), by Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry. (Norton, $24.) A geneticist and a mathematician dive deep into doomsday cults, alien life-forms, the origins of time and much more in this collection of writings on scientific myths and curiosities.
THE UNFAMILIAR GARDEN: The Comet Cycle, by Benjamin Percy. (Mariner, $26.) The disappearance of Jack and Nora Abernathy’s daughter severs their fragile marriage, until the two are brought back together by a string of homicides and sentient, parasitic fungi.
ART AND CRIME: The Fight Against Looters, Forgers, and Fraudsters in the High-Stakes Art World, by Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm. Translated by Paul David Young. (Seven Stories, $35.) This account of criminality and art covers the 1911 theft of the “Mona Lisa,” art stolen by the Nazis during World War II and the still unsolved 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
THE SENTENCES THAT CREATE US: Crafting a Writer’s Life in Prison, edited by Caits Meissner. (Haymarket, paper, $24.95.) This collection draws from over 50 contributors, including Reginald Dwayne Betts, Mitchell S. Jackson and Piper Kerman, to provide incarcerated writers with inspiration and resources for creating a literary life.