Off the Shelves – July 2


New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.


“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day, she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes and stops at the signal that allows her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck each morning. She’s even started to feel like she knows them.

Their life, it seems to her, is perfect, but then she sees something shocking, and everything’s changed. Rachel goes to the police with what she knows and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved.


“The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy” by Masha Geesen

On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on 30 federal counts.

Yet long after the bombings, the question remains: Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, an immigrant herself, traces how such a split in identity can fuel the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but a sense of self elsewhere.


“The Story: A Reporter’s Journey” by Judith Miller

Star reporter for the New York Times, Judith Miller turns her reporting skills on herself with the intensity of her professional vocation. Judy Miller grew up near the Nevada atomic proving ground. She got a job at the New York Times after a lawsuit by women employees about discrimination at the paper.

She went on to cover national politics and head the paper’s bureau in Cairo. She has reported on terrorism and the rise of fanatical Islam in the Middle East and on secret biological weapons plants and programs in Iraq, Iran and Russia.

She covered an administration traumatized by 9/11 and an anthrax attack three weeks later. She describes going to jail to protect her sources in the Scooter Libby investigation of the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame and how the Times subsequently abandoned her after 28 years.