Off the Shelves – June 25


New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

On May 1, 1915, at the height of World War I, the luxury ocean-liner Lusitania sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. Even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, no one was concerned.

The captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Full of glamor and suspense, “Dead Wake” captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

Fiction — Sunflower Lane by Jill Gregory

For Annabelle Harper, summer in her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, means a chance to make a home for her orphaned young nieces and nephew. It’s also a chance to find a new direction for her life — one that doesn’t include romance. So when rugged Wes McPhee shows up back in town, she has every reason to keep him at a distance.

Even unhappy memories can’t keep Wes from returning to Lonesome Way to help his grandmother recover from an injury. His fear of commitment isn’t enough to stop his feelings whenever he’s near Annabelle. But can Wes settle down? When an old enemy comes to town, their dreams of love are threatened. Wes and Annabelle must fight for the future their hearts have always wanted.

{span style=”text-decoration: underline;”}Downloadable e-book — Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova{/span}

“Inside the O’Briens” is a novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease. Police officer Joe O’Brien finally agrees to see a neurologist about issues he’s been having and is handed a devastating diagnosis. As Joe’s symptoms worsen, and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while his daughter Katie and her siblings deal with the knowledge that they, too, may have the disease. They must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.