By Terri Schlichenmeyer

Cake: A Slice of History
Birthday, wedding, or just because, the cake you are having this summer looked nothing like what they nibbled on during medieval times. In “Cake: A Slice of History” by Alysa Levene, you’ll see how the slice on your plate came to be dessert, and how it can indicate the brand of the box, culture of the cook, fruit that’s in season, or traditions you hold dear. Read it, because it may be your best chance to have your cake and read it, too.

A Burglar’s Guide to the City
Did you ever wonder how someone might rob a bank or break into a house? Says Geoff Manaugh in “A Burglar’s Guide to the City,” it’s easier than you might think. Here’s a challenge: Read this book, then look hard at a random, average building on your commute tomorrow. Think about how you’d get inside if the doors were locked. You’ll be shocked, and you’ll love this book.

Neither Snow nor Rain
And finally, when you hear you’ve got mail, do you head for your computer? After reading “Neither Snow nor Rain” by Devin Leonard, you’ll look outside your door. This is a quirky history book about how letters and bills came to be delivered to your home. If you remember getting birthday cards in the mail from grandma, you’ll love this book. At the very least, you’ll never look at the USPS the same again …