by Danielle Steer
In April of 2010, the world held its breath as millions of gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Eleven of the rig’s 126 crewmembers died while numerous more were injured. Unabated for nearly three months, the spill shut down the local fishing industry, polluting the valuable and fragile Gulf Coast ecosystem and endangering wildlife, marine animals, and the livelihoods of thousands of coastal residents.
by Jane Dabel
Black Tuesday is a historical novel set in New York City on the eve of the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. It traces the story of Leila Kahn, a smart and hardworking Russian immigrant who lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a fifth floor walk up. Black Tuesday eerily mirrors the present. One of the central themes, that the banking system is rigged against the poor, sheds light on what working people thought about Wall Street in the 1920s.