The spring 2011 One Book One Community selection is Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. This page provides resources for more information about Boston History, and the Flood.
The first two selections are for younger readers. Adults who have already read Dark Tide, or who prefer fiction may want to read The Given Day.
Joshua's Song - Joan Hiatt Harlow
Call Number: Young Adult Fiction H286j
Needing to earn money after his father's death during the influenza epidemic of 1918, thirteen-year-old Joshua works as a newspaper boy in Boston, one day finding himself in the vicinity of an explosion that sends tons of molasses coursing through the streets. Ages 9-12
The Great Molasses Flood - Beth Wagner Brust
A young girl learns not to tell tall tales. This book is out of print. Some used copies will be made available to elementary school.
The Given Day - Dennis Lehane
Call Number: PS3562.E426 G58 2008
Adult fiction about post World War I Boston, during the time of the Molasses flood.
In September of 2013, off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, a pipe used to load molassess to ships leaked over 200,000 gallons of the thick sticky substance into the ocean. Tens of thousands of fish were killed.
Sacco and Vanzetti : the men, the murders and the judgment of mankind - Bruce Watson
Call Number: KF224.S2 W38 2008
Sacco and Vanzetti : the anarchist background - Paul Avrich
Call Number: HX843.7.S23 A97
Faces of community : immigrant Massachusetts, 1860-2000 - edited by Reed Ueda and Conrad Edick Wright
Call Number: F75.A1 F33
Ethnics and enclaves : Boston's Italian North End - by William M. DeMarco
Call Number: F73.9.I8 D45
Revolutionary radicalism: its history, purpose and tactics, with an exposition and discussion of the steps being taken and required to curb it; being the report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities, filed April 24, 1920, i - New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities.
Call Number: HX89 .N48
Located in the Reference Collection - First floor
Coolidge : an American enigma - Robert Sobel
Call Number: E792 .S64
Epidemic and peace, 1918 - Alfred W. Crosby, Jr.
Call Number: RC150.1 .C76
The great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history - John M. Barry