The Trial of Lizzie Borden,  by Cara Robertson -
The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials
in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in
Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter
Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled
in American history. Everyone - rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal
scholars and lay people - had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was
she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady?
The Five, by Halle Rubenhold -
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though
they never met. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they
breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had
in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never
identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more
famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been
keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, it has
prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told.  
Possible Minds, by John Brockman -
More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Weiner published a book
on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: "we shall never receive
the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions...The hour is very
late, and the choice of good and evil knocks at our door." In the wake of advances in
unsupervised, self-improving machine learning, a small but influential community of
thinkers is considering Weiner's words again. In Possible Minds, John Brockman gathers
their disparate visions of where AI might be taking us.  
Can't Make This Stuff Up, by Susannah B. Lewis -
Susannah B. Lewis brings to book form her keen eye for the absurd as she reveals her
experiences growing up in a small Tennessee town. From the time an escaped albino
panther wandered into her backyard to the Thanksgiving when an egg in the tab;e's
centerpiece hatched a baby chicken to the kind neighbors who brought casseroles in
Tupperware for months - even years - after her father died when she was eleven years
old, the stories she tells delve deeply into the rich culture of the South that molded her.
The Pioneers, by David McCullough -
In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out
from New England for the Northwest
Territory. They and their families created
a town in a primeval wilderness, while
coping with such frontier realities as
floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads
or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all
the while negotiating a contentious and
sometimes hostile relationship with the
native people. This is their story.