The Journey of Little Charlie
When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
Death in the Air : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city
A historical narrative describes the events of December 1952 in London, when a smog descended that halted the entire city, as well as allowed a serial killer, John Reginald Christie to strike at least seven victims.
Janesville : an American story
This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down--but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.
Dear Rachel Maddow
A teen slogging through remedial courses at school in the wake of her sibling's death, a breakup with her first girlfriend and her parents' dysfunctions writes unsent e-mails to her favorite news anchor before becoming involved in a moral and political dilemma involving an honor student's controversial opinions.
Nasty Women : feminism, resistance, and revolution in Trump's America
This collection of essays from leading feminist writers, including Cheryl Strayed, Rebecca Solnit and Jessica Valenti describe how liberals, progressives and marginalized people around the United States can persist, resist and enact lasting change despite Donald Trump’s presidency.
The Keeper of the Mist
Required by ancient magic to assume the dangerous position previously held by the father she barely knew, Keri relies on her three clever guides and struggles to outmaneuver her treacherous half-brothers while working to repair a failing boundary between her people and land-hungry neighbors.
Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world--and why things are better than you think
A Professor of International Health and popular global TED speaker and his son and daughter-in-law who co-founded the Gapminder Foundation, explain how the best guesses, thoughts and concepts we accept as fact are actually tempered and informed by unconscious and predictable biases.
An Unkindness of Ghosts
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot—if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.
The Murderer's Ape
Possessing a rare ability to completely understand human language, gorilla Sally Jones dresses in human clothing and silently moves among unknowing humans during a lucrative job with a cargo boat captain whose wrongful imprisonment for murder prompts Sally's quest for justice and survival.
The Clockwork Dynasty : a novel
"Robopocalypse" draws on his knowledge of robotics in a tale of historically based sf. Young scientist June discovers a 300-year-old mechanical doll, showing that she's not crazy to believe her grandfather's stories about a living race of automatons stalking the earth.