#FDL: Notable New Nonfiction

These nonfiction titles are heating up the bestseller lists  this month.  Click on each cover to view them in our catalog.   If  an item is unavailable, you can place a hold using your Fondulac District Library card number and PIN (password).  Call us at 309-699-3917 if you don’t know your PIN.

Title: The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior

Author: Robert O’Neill

In his memoir, Robert O’Neill chronicles his life growing up in Butte, Montana and his growing desire to become a part of the military’s most elite special forces team.  O’Neill became a SEAL and was involved in many operations, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. This operation was later dramatized in the film, Captain Phillips. After many deployments in the Middle East, O’Neill’s career peaked when he fired the deadly shots that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Title: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Author: David Grann 

By the 1920s, many members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma had become rich after oil had been discovered in their sacred lands.  Then, several Osage began to die suddenly and of questionable circumstances. After more than twenty deaths, the newly formed FBI took notice and began to investigate the murders.  What was eventually uncovered led to the discovery of one of the most shocking and grisly conspiracies in our history.

Title: The Black Hand

Author: Stephan Talty

Talty’s new book recounts the beginning of the mafia in the U.S.  1903 brings us to a time in New York City’s history when crime peaked.  Important political figures were threatened, bombs were set off, and innocents were murdered.  Joseph Petrosino, a brilliant detective, was assigned to find the perpetrators who left the symbol of a black hand at each scene.  A movie adaptation of this book is currently in pre-production with Leonardo DiCaprio as Patrosino.

Title: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Most notable for being the host of Nova ScienceNow,  Neil deGrasse Tyson brings us a book that tackles big topics in a way that anyone could understand.  He touches on our place in the universe, the nature of space and time, as well as the search for life beyond Earth.   A Kirkus review praised the book stating that it is “masterly….A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leave readers wanting more.”

Post by Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

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