Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks: This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that *almost* don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders in our world—basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight it for this week’s topic.
There is one book that came immediately to mind when I saw this topic.
Devil in the Grove is my go-to recommendation for nonfiction. It is the only audiobook that almost made me wreck my car.
In 1940s Lake County Florida, a white woman claimed she was raped. Four Black men were arrested even though none of them were anywhere near the location of the crime. What happened next is even more disturbing and unbelievable.
Gilbert King’s follow up to Devil in the Grove is about the same corrupt police department in the 1950s. This time a white woman was raped by a Black man. But, the victim’s husband didn’t want people to know that she was touched by a Black man. So they arrested a mentally challenged white man.
You know it is bad when a real police department can have a series of books written about willfully arresting the wrong people. My husband lived there for a while as a teen. He said it is still really bad. He says he knows people doing time for things they didn’t do.