Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend By Susan Orlean (Simon and Schuster, $26.99)
Moving chronicle of an unlikely TV star.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined By Steven Pinker (Viking, $40)
A counterintuitive argument from a Harvard professor.
Drama: An Actor’s Education By John Lithgow (Harper, $26.99)
Self-deprecating, honest confessions from acclaimed actor.
The Visible Man By Chuck Klosterman (Scribner, $25)
Funny, smart novel of ideas.