Off the Shelves – February 23

Adult Fiction

“The Girl Before: a novel,” by J.P. Delaney

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants to move, but none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe — until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece, but there are rules. The architect who designed the house insists on no books, no throw pillows, no photos, clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant — and it does.

Jane also discovers One Folgate Street. After a personal tragedy, she needs a fresh start and is instantly drawn to the space. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people and experiences the same terror as the girl before.

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Adult Non-Fiction

“The Lost City of the Monkey God, a True Story,” by Douglas Preston

Since the conquistadors, rumors of the immensely wealthy Lost City of the Monkey God hidden somewhere in Honduras continue to spread. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters will fall ill and die. In 1940, Theodore Morde, a swashbuckling journalist, returned from the rain forest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of finding the Lost City of the Monkey God — but he committed suicide without revealing its location. In 2012, author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a plane carrying a lidar machine: a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rain forest canopy. In an unexplored valley, the machine picked up the unmistakable image of an undiscovered city and a lost civilization. Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars and deadly snakes. But it wasn’t until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted a horrifying, sometimes lethal — and incurable — disease.