Off the Shelves – January 12

The following new items are available at the Hancock County Public Library. To place a hold or see if an item is currently available, visit the online catalog at or call 462-5141, ext. 240.

Adult Fiction

“Untethered,” by Julie Lawson Timmer

When Char Hawthorn’s husband dies in a car accident, she questions everything she once knew to be true from the life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter with whom she abruptly has no legal ties. Suddenly the word “step” matters a great deal. All rights to 15-year-old Allie belong to Lindy, her self-absorbed biological mother who wants the girl to move with her to California. Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between her and Char. Allie has a connection with Morgan, a 10-year-old-girl she tutors, but Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care, suddenly disappears. Char is left to wonder about a future without Allie and what to do about Morgan, a child caught up in a terrible crack in the system.

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Adult Non-Fiction

“The 15:17 to Paris: the true story of a terrorist, a train, and three American heroes,” by Anthony Sadler

On Aug. 21, 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded the 15:17 train in Brussels, bound for Paris with an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on the crowded train. Slipping into the bathroom, he prepared to launch his attack, but when he emerged, he encountered three Americans who refused to give in to fear: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, childhood friends taking a vacation together. Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and Airman First Class in the US Air Force; Skarlatos was an active duty member of the Oregon National Guard; and not one of them was afraid of a fight. Their decision to overpower the gunman — even as he turned his weapons toward them — would never have happened without the trust, support and loyalty between them. This is the story of a terrorist attack, but it is also the story of three American boys and their friendship.