The following is a list of nonfiction books, which were recently added to the ’s collection. The descriptions are from the Old Colony Library Network’s website.
Subversives: the FBI's war on student radicals, and Reagan's rise to power by Seth Rosefeld
Through three converging narratives pf Berkeley during the 60s, award-winning reporter Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance and infiltration, and how the FBI's covert operations--led by J. Edgar Hoover--helped ignited an era of protest.
A case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the kidnapping that haunted a nation by Tal McThenia
A case for Solomon chronicles one of the most celebrated—and most misunderstood—kidnapping cases in American history. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana family, went missing in the swamps. After an eight-month search that electrified the country and destroyed Bobby’s parents, the boy was found, filthy and hardly recognizable, in the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who had been shuttling the child throughout the region by wagon for months was arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that was punishable by death at the time. But when a destitute single mother came forward from North Carolina to claim the boy asherson, not Bobby Dunbar, the case became a high-pitched battle over custody—and identity—that divided the South.
Amid an ever-thickening tangle of suspicion and doubt, two mothers and a father struggled to assert their rightful parenthood over the child, both to the public and to themselves. For two years, lawyers dissected and newspapers sensationalized every aspect of the story. Psychiatrists, physicians, criminologists, and private detectives debated the piano tuner’s guilt and the boy’s identity. And all the while the boy himself remained peculiarly guarded on the question of who he was. It took nearly a century, a curiosity that had been passed down through generations, and the science of DNA to discover the truth.
A chance in the world: an orphan boy, a hidden past, and how he found a place called home by Steve Pemberton
"Pemberton's beautifully told story is a rags to richesjourney-beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that couldhave destroyed his life. But Steve's refusal to give in to those forces, andhis resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is anexample for many of us to follow." -Stedman Graham, Author, Educator
Home is the place where our life stories begin. It is wherewe are understood, embraced, and accepted. It is a sanctuary of safety andsecurity, a place to which we can always return. Down in the dank basement,amid my moldy, hoarded food and worm-eaten books, I dreamed that my real home,the place where my story had begun, was out there somewhere, and one day I wasgoing to find it.
Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives aterrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family andsubjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of booksgiven to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he canonly imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a differentlife-that one day he will find his true home. A fair-complexioned boy with blueeyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel themystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a singleclue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to learnthat nothing is as it appears. A Chancein the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and broken boydestined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through itall, Steve's story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter howgreat our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to builda place where love awaits.