Cat Sense by John Bradshaw writes about how understanding the feline mind will help you take care of your household pet better. He uses scientific research and experiences and cat history to make his point.
Dear America: the Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack. This is a true story about Clotee, a 12 year old slave, who teaches herself how to read and write and later becomes a conductor for the Underground Railroad in Virginia. It's a MG book.