Off the Shelves – April 13

New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

Adult Fiction

“Setting Free the Kites,” by Alex George

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous — and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s friendship is forged in the experience of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It’s there that Nathan’s boundless capacity for optimism overwhelms them both, and they learn some harsh truths about family and revenge.

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Adult Nonfiction

“Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West,” by Thomas Clavin

Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, miners and settlers passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves and desperadoes. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West. Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained, the lawmen led the effort to establish frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge City was left behind.