The Great Influenza, by John Barry. This amazing book includes the history of medicine, virology, politics and war. The flu epidemic of 1918 is something everyone should know about. This will give you the facts in a beautifully-written style.
A childhood favorite and Caldecott Medal winner, "Make Way for Ducklings" is the classic story about a mother duck who is sure that the pond in the Boston Public Garden is the perfect home for her family - the problem is how to get there!
I've Got to Make My Livin': Black Women's Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago (Historical Studies of Urban America): I've Got to Make My Livin'
Edmund de Waal, artist and a craftsman, tells the story of his family through works of art. The Hare With Amber Eyes is a netsuke, a small Japanese carving, and Edmund de Waal makes this hare the start point of an exploration of his family.