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This Just in: New Nonfiction Books at the Milton Public Library

A selection of nonfiction books now available at the Milton Public Library.

The following is a list of nonfiction books, which were recently added to the Milton Public Library’s collection. The descriptions are from the Old Colony Library Network’s website.

Getting ready to drive: a how-to guide by Eva Apelqvist

examines the particulars of being safe on the road. Includes taking your written and practical driving tests, getting your license, learning the rules of the road, and understanding the dangers of cell phones and the importance of seatbelts. Author Eva Apelqvist also explains what to do when one is pulled over, the environmental impact of driving, and the monetary discussions teens need to have with their parents before they're given the keys to the car.

Island practice by Pam Belluck

If you need an appendectomy, he can do it with a stone scalpel he carved himself. If you have a condition nobody can diagnose—“creeping eruption” perhaps—he can identify what it is, and treat it. A baby with toe-tourniquet syndrome, a human leg that’s washed ashore, a horse with Lyme disease, a narcoleptic falling face-first in the street, a hermit living underground—hardly anything is off-limits for Dr. Timothy J. Lepore.

This is the spirited, true story of a colorful, contrarian doctor on the world-famous island of Nantucket. Thirty miles out to sea, in a strikingly offbeat place known for wealthy summer people but also home to independent-minded, idiosyncratic year-rounders, Lepore holds the life of the island, often quite literally, in his hands. He’s surgeon, medical examiner, football team doctor, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective, occasional veterinarian. When crisis strikes, he’s deeply involved.

He’s treated Jimmy Buffett, Chris Matthews, and various Kennedy relatives, but he makes house calls for anyone and lets people pay him nothing—or anything: oatmeal raisin cookies, a weather-beaten .44 Magnum, a picture of a Nepalese shaman.

Lepore can be controversial and contradictory, espousing conservative views while performing abortions and giving patients marijuana cookies. He has unusual hobbies: he’s a gun fanatic, roadkill collector, and concocter of pastimes like knitting dog-hair sweaters.

Ultimately, Island Practice is about a doctor utterly essential to a community at a time when medicine is increasingly money-driven and impersonal. Can he remain a maverick even as a healthcare chain subsumes his hospital? Every community has—or, some would say, needs—a Doctor Lepore, and his island’s drive to retain individuality in a cookie-cutter world is echoed across the country.

Subversives: the FBI's war on student radicals, and Reagan's rise to power by Seth Rosenfeld

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.

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