Adult Recommendations

At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic

At the End of the World tells the story of a series of religiously-inspired murders that took place in a remote part of Canada in 1941, intertwined with the narrative of how the author came to write the book. Despite the subtitle, it will not appeal to true-crime readers; Millman switches, from paragraph to paragraph, between the 1941 crime, his 2001 research trip to Canada, and assorted observations from the twelve years of writing and research that followed.

Despite the wandering structure, Millman packs his pages with details of the Inuit culture and the subarctic landscape, bringing both to life through close observation and sometimes-wry anecdotes. These same anecdotes often provide fodder for Millman’s favorite theme: technology’s destructive (and sometimes deadly) impact on both Inuit and Americans. While his attempts to draw parallels between the intrusion of technology and the religious fervor that inspired the murders often come off as Luddite complaining, At the End of the World remains a fascinating look at a people and a landscape undergoing rapid change. 

Testimony by Robbie Robertson

Rock on back to the late 1950s and early 1960s. Folk music was at its height but a new sound called rock and roll was beginning to make its appearance. These and other musical genres morphed and merged into a new sound, creating an exciting time for musicians and for those who enjoy listening to music. Then along comes Robbie Robertson, a very talented guitarist/songwriter from Toronto, who at 16 years old hit the road, paid his dues, and eventually created a unique musical group called The Band. In this behind-the-scenes biography, readers will get an up-close look at songwriting, the tribulations of forming and maintaining a band, and a band’s life on the road. A partial list of musicians Robertson interacts with includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. This is an excellent and candid look at this musical genius and the world of music he helped create.

Burning Bright by Nick Petrie

The last thing Peter Ash expected to do while hiking in the redwood forests of Northern California was scramble up a tree after running into a grizzly. Once up the tree, he finds a climbing rope tied to a branch high above him. While the grizzly chomps on the contents of his backpack, Peter moves through a series of climbing ropes that lead him to a hanging platform—with a woman on it. June Cassidy is a woman on the run who narrowly escaped from an attempted kidnapping. 

A war veteran inflicted with post-traumatic stress and all-around nice guy, Peter decides to help her elude her pursuers. While they employ evasive maneuvers, their lives depend on them figuring out why these men want June so badly. Settle in for an entertaining thriller with plot twists and strong, likable characters in this second novel in the series.