What Collection Development is Reading in May

May 13, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Cover of Solitary

"Solitary" by Albert Woodfox
Albert Woodfox was already serving time for a robbery conviction when he was falsely accused and convicted of the fatal stabbing of a prison guard. He was targeted because of his affiliation with the Black Panthers and put in solitary confinement. He spent the next 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell, 23 hours a day. Decades later, Albert would finally find a lawyer willing to take his case and after another 16 long years he won his freedom. "Solitary" is the no-holds-barred story of his life in and out of prison and a revelation of the remarkable spirit of a man who survived against all odds.—Keely

Cover of Spearhead

“Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II” by Adam Makos
In the latest book by Adam Makos, he tells the incredible story of Clarence Smoyer, an 18-year-old American soldier who was exceptionally skilled at destroying German tanks behind the gun of an American Pershing tank. One fateful day on a street in Cologne, he duels with a German Panzer tank manned by another teenager named Gustav Schaefer. There they share a tragic mistake that will haunt them both for more than 60 years. It is not until they meet again on that same street in 2013 that they are able to help heal each other of this terrible regret. It is an amazing story of bravery, PTSD, friendship, and healing that reads like fiction and would make an excellent movie.—Lynn

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