THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING (ABRIDGED), by Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry. (Norton, $ 24.) A geneticist and mathematician delve deep into doomsday cults, alien life forms, the origins of time, and more in this collection of writings on scientific myths and curiosities.
THE UNKNOWN GARDEN: The cycle of the comet, by Benjamin Percy. (Mariner, $ 26.) The disappearance of Jack and Nora’s daughter Abernathy breaks up their fragile marriage, until the two are reunited by a series of homicides and susceptible 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 crime and art tale covers the theft of the “Mona Lisa” in 1911, a work of art stolen by the Nazis during WWII and the still unsolved heist from 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
THE SENTENCES THAT CREATE US: Making a life as a writer in prison, edited by Caits Meissner. (Haymarket, print, $ 24.95.) This collection draws on more than 50 contributors, including Reginald Dwayne Betts, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Piper Kerman, to provide incarcerated writers with the inspiration and resources to create a literary life.