Adult Recommendations

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.

 

IQ by Joe Ide

Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe is a high school dropout in East Long Beach, one of LA’s roughest neighborhoods; he’s also a brilliant investigator driven to apply his talents to cases the police won’t touch. His grateful clients are more likely to pay him in casseroles than cash, so when a childhood frenemy contacts IQ about a paranoid rapper offering $50,000 to find out who wants him dead, IQ reluctantly takes the case. His investigation leads him to a devious diva, a megalomaniac manager, a pair of braindead bodyguards, and a hired killer whose dog could send Cujo running.

Filled with colorful characters and a switchback plot, IQ is a page-turning mystery that will leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel (to be released in fall 2017).

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