John E. Dawson Memorial Fund

Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the John E. Dawson Memorial Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2017-2018 Academic year.

Established in 1990 by Mrs. Elizabeth B. Dawson and family, of Dover, MA, in memory of her husband, John E. Dawson, class of 1946. Income used for the purchase of books for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.

In addition, the following electronic resources are funded.
Chicago Guide to Fact Checking (ebook), Gender Relations in Sport (ebook), Wedded to the Game (ebook), and a significant port of Science Direct, an electronic database.


  • Children’s Collection SP56BQ
    Spiro, Ruth.
    Baby loves quantum physics!
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schrödinger’s Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower."–


  • Children’s Collection SP56BTH
    Spiro, Ruth
    Baby loves thermodynamics!
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schrödinger’s Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower."–


  • Children’s Collection H119D
    Hadfield, Chris
    The darkest dark
    Publication Year:2016
    Summary:"Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploiring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield"–


  • Picture Book CUYLER
    Cuyler, Margery
    Bonaparte falls apart
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:Bonaparte the skeleton is literally falling to pieces and needs help from his friends to pull himself together before the first day of school.


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    Hawks, Tod Howard.
    I write when the river’s down : poems, aphorisms, essays
    Publication Year:2016


  • TW 973.73 OC6W
    O’Connor, Jim.
    What was the Battle of Gettysburg?
    Publication Year:2013
    Summary:Describes the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, and includes details on troop movements of both the Union and Confederate armies, the notable figures on the battlefield, and the famous Gettysburg Address.


  • TW FICTION AH63T
    Ahn, Flora
    Two’s a Crowd
    Publication Year:2018


  • YA FICTION B572T2
    Blake, Kendare
    One dark throne
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:Preparing for the queens’ sixteenth birthday celebration and navigating the fallout of the Quickening, the sisters reassess their strategic paths to the throne using new understandings of their powers and destinies.


  • TW FICTION B7315LA3
    Brallier, Max
    The last kids on Earth and the Nightmare King
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"Jack teams up with the evil King Wretch in order to convince his friends to stay with him instead of going in search of others who may have survived the monster apocalypse"–


  • YA FICTION C269J
    Cashore, Kristin
    Jane, unlimited
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"Recently orphaned Jane accepts an unexpected invitation from an old acquaintance to an island mansion where she will face five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her newly untethered life"–


  • TW FICTION C3502SCH4
    Chainani, Soman
    Quests for glory
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them.


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    Green, John
    Turtles all the way down
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


  • TW FICTION H135P5
    Hale, Shannon
    The Princess in Black and the mysterious playdate
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:The Princess in Black investigates when a monster disrupts her playdate with Princess Sneezewort, but she’ll need the help of her friend to catch the shapeshifting creature.


  • TW FICTION H729SW
    Holm, Jennifer L.
    Swing it, Sunny!
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:In the mid-1970s Sunny Lewin is back, star of her personal show, facing the prospect of Middle School, and dealing with the problems of her somewhat dysfunctional family — in particular her older brother, Dale, who has been sent off to a military academy because of his delinquent behavior.


  • TW FICTION J238AL
    Jamieson, Victoria
    All’s faire in middle school
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.


  • YA FICTION L9622W
    Lu, Marie
    Warcross
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"–


  • FICTION M143NI
    McDermott, Alice
    The ninth hour
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. In Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence, and yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives–testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, through multiple generations.


  • TW FICTION R4775M3
    Riordan, Rick
    The Ship of the Dead
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:Magnus and his friends set sail for the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat, Loki’s demonic ship full of zombies.


  • FICTION R895GO
    Rushdie, Salman
    The golden house : a novel
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture–a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king–a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor Rene, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention–a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Advance praise for The Golden House "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which poses timeless questions about the human condition. As Rushdie’s blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love."–Booklist (starred review) "Where Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie’s latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"–,"When the aristocratic Golden family moves into a self contained pocket of New York City, a park in Greenwich Village called "The Gardens," their past is an absolute mystery. They seem to be hiding in plain sight: Nero Golden, the powerful but shady patriarch, and his sons Petya, a high functioning autistic and recluse; Apu, the successful artist who may or may not be profound; and D, the enchanting youngest son whose gender confusion mirrors the confusion – and possibilities – of the world around him. And finally there is Vasilisa, the Russian beauty who seduces the patriarch to shape their American stories. Our fearless narrator is an aspiring filmmaker who decides the Golden family will be his subject. He gains the trust of this strange family, even as their secrets gradually unfold – love affairs and betrayals, questions of belonging and identity, a murder, an apocalyptic terror attack, a magical, stolen baby, all set against a whirling background in which an insane Presidential Candidate known as only The Joker grows stronger and stronger, and America itself grows mad. And yet The Golden House is a hopeful story, even an inspiring one – a story about the hope that surrounds, and is made brighter by, even the darkest of situations. Overflowing with inventiveness, humor, and a touch of magic, this is a full-throated celebration of human nature, a great American novel, a tale of exile wrapped in a murder mystery, a meditation on the nature of good and evil, a thrilling page turner, and a coming of age story for the ages"–


  • TW FICTION T225B5
    Galligan, Gale
    Dawn and the impossible three : a graphic novel
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. Even though she’s still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she’s eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for any baby-sitter. The house is always a mess, the kids are out of control, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she promises. On top of all that, Dawn wants to fit in with the other members of the BSC, but she can’t figure out how to get along with Kristy. Was joining The Baby-sitters Club a mistake?"–Back cover.


  • 796.34 T66D
    Toorpakai, Maria
    A different kind of daughter : the girl who hid from the Taliban in plain sight
    Publication Year:2016
    Summary:"’Maria Toorpakai is a true inspiration, a pioneer for millions of other women struggling to pave their own paths to autonomy, fulfillment, and genuine personhood’–Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Maria Toorpakai hails from Pakistan’s violently oppressive northwest tribal region, where the idea of women playing sports is considered haram–un-Islamic, forbidden–and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did, passing as a boy in order to play the sports she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country’s fierce battle over women’s rights. A DIFFERENT KIND OF DAUGHTER tell of Maria’s harrowing journey to play the sport she knew was her destiny, first living as a boy and roaming the violent back alleys of the frontier city of Peshawar, rising to become the number one female squash player in Pakistan. For Maria, squash was more than liberation–it was salvation. But it was also a death sentence, thrusting her into the national spotlight and the crosshairs of the Taliban, who wanted Maria and her family dead. Maria knew her only chance of survival was to flee the country. Enter Jonathon Power, the first North American to earn the title of top squash player in the world, and the only person to heed Maria’s plea for help. Recognizing her determination and talent, Jonathon invited Maria to train and compete internationally in Canada. After years of living on the run from the Taliban, Maria packed up and left the only place she had ever known to move halfway across the globe and pursue her dream. Now Maria is well on the way to becoming a world champion as she continues to be a voice for oppressed women everywhere"–

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