Adult Recommendations

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

The Manderley Resort, a new facility with a twenty-story hotel and enormous hedge maze on the California coast, is about to open its doors. It offers opulence and unparalleled security to those who can afford it. Staff move from floor to floor occupied with ensuring the hotel is spotless while electricians concentrate on finishing their work in time for the grand opening. Their every move is monitored from the twentieth floor, where the security team is housed. Little do they suspect that somebody is determined Manderley will never open and they will be killed one by one during the next twelve hours. Intense and shocking, this thriller by a debut author is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

Winston Churchill led an extraordinary life. In her newest book, award-winning author Candice Millard writes about Churchill’s time in South Africa and in prison, as well as his subsequent escape. As a young man, Churchill decided he wanted to “be where the action is” so he'd be recognized for his courage and patriotism. Using every opportunity to become well-known, he worked to advance his career when England fought the Dutch in Africa, in what became known as the Boer War, by “pulling some strings” to be assigned as a reporter on the Boer War. While aboard a train surrounded by the Boers, he was recognized and deemed an enemy soldier. From the moment of his capture and imprisonment, Churchill vowed to escape. This harrowing story is excellent and one of those rare non-fiction books that reads like an adventure novel. 

News of the World

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

Jefferson Kyle Kidd, or the Captain, as he is referred to through much of the book, is in his early 70s and makes his living travelling through northern Texas reading newspapers to information-starved and curious audiences.

Johannah Leonberger was kidnapped by Kiowa Indians when she was six. Freed at the age of ten she has little memory of time before her capture and yearns to be returned to the Kiowas. Through a chance meeting with an old acquaintance, the Captain takes on the responsibility of transporting Johannah the 400 miles back to what is left of her family.

As they travel across the dangerous landscape of 1870’s Texas, the Captain and Johannah slowly form an uneasy alliance that grows into a bond of trust and affection. When, after weeks of hard and dangerous travel, they arrive at their destination, the Captain finds that Johanna’s Aunt and Uncle choose to regard her as an unwanted burden. Suddenly, the Captain finds himself face to face with a moral dilemma for which he feels ill-prepared.

 

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