Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
This novel: Continues the tale started in Glittering Court, and Mira is the protagonist. It tells the same story from a different perspective- Mira's. She wants to find her brother and buy his freedom, and plans to marry as rich as she can to make it happen.
We see her part in the overall story arc, as well as her own development. I like: the viewpoint of a refugee, someone from a segregated group navigating a society she doesn't agree with or fit into.
Venturess by Betsy Cornwell
It is the second installment in Cornwell’s Steampunk Cinderella retelling. Nicolette has her shop and her machines and is free from the Steps. War is a looming possibility with Faerie once again, and Mr. Candery sends a letter to Nicolette asking her to bring the prince to negotiate possible peace. On the journey: Nick, Fin, and Caro survive an attempt on their lives, and surprises abound, from flying steeds and merpeople to shocking family secrets. I like: the non binary relationship, the detailed fantasy world, and the continuing storyline of Nicolette finding her strong path.Working With Grandpa by Karl Hamann
This memoir details the time the author spent with last Lakota medicine man and after. It is a slow read, well written, with a real, authentic voice. Hamann tells humorous stories as well as serious stories in this look back at an impactful time in his life.
Kids These Days by Malcolm Harris
This is an analysis of the political, economic, and social factors that affected the development of the Millenial generation, with an alternately serious and bitterly humorous approach to the data. Kids These Days draws a clear picture of what has created the difference between this and previous generations with a somewhat depressing retrospective look (the treatment of the generation as “tools” by the market according to the author, the idea that the moves that created a generation as conflicted as the Millenial generation were made without consideration of the future impact). Harris provides an overall perspective of the past, the projected future, and the possible solutions to change the path in a sarcastic and biting tone that encapsulates the bitterness that many young people wrestle with. It is one of the more engaging economic commentaries I have ever read.