In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War A very different world. A Christian man in war, academia, and government. JLC's unit played a crucial role on the south flank at Gettysburg. Real people.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Heard Michelle Alexander speak last year. Awesome. A very thorough examination of what-in-the-world are we
DOING in this area? Influential book.
A Fighting Chance Another book by an influential woman who really knows her stuff. And she's on our side! Easy to follow too, though it gets into complex shenanigans on high.
Gilead: A Novel My annual novel :) Serious, gentle, ironic, intelligent, funny. A life-loving pastor, served in Iowa for decades. It will bring some tears
In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez If you love theology as learning to know God (as against learning the history of religious arguments) - this one is the real thing. And readable.