Books

Skull and Sidecar

Skull and Sidecar: A Novel

It’s 1926, and Nell Kelly has a couple of things to prove. First, that the skull recently found in Oregon is indeed the oldest in North America, and second that women should be taken seriously as academics. The first is confounded by a man in a literal black hat who steals the artifact at gunpoint. The second is confounded by a cultural anthropologist and notorious flapper named Gunn Flagley.

In order to get the skull back and prove that herself and her science are legitimate, Nell has to climb into the sidecar of Gunn’s Harley-Davidson and ride across Oregon in pursuit of the man in the black hat. Along the way, she meets cowboys, Chinese doctors, native tribes, a religious cult, and loggers who are not afraid to cause a little chaos when the opportunity presents itself. All Nell wants is a laboratory and that skull. Is that so much for a woman to ask?

Take the Wheel: A Woman's Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self 2nd ed.

Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self

The miles on your odometer keep ticking over, and you keep putting it off: the dreaded day when you have to buy a new (or new to you) car. You weigh every clunk and ping against the pain of spending time with a car salesman. You need a budget. You need a clue. You need a friend to tell you how smart and awesome you are, and that you’ve totally got this. You need to Take the Wheel, and automotive journalist Kristen Hall-Geisler is here to help.

Lightning in a Throttle

Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories

Electric cars from major manufacturers like Chevy and Nissan as well as startups like Tesla and Lucid Motors are bringing cutting-edge emissions-free technology to modern roads. And Formula E is bringing elite-level all-electric racing to cities worldwide. But as newfangled as these cars seem, they are far from the first. By, like, a century.

Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Victories by Kristen Hall-Geisler is an ebook in three acts:

  • A proto-hipster who dropped out of Columbia to start an electric vehicle business in Brooklyn
  • A speed-crazed Belgian who battled to break the 100 km/h barrier
  • An inventor whose inventions sometimes veered off track — literally — and into crowds of spectators