Off the Shelves – May 18

New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

Adult Fiction

“The Fifth Letter,” by Nicola Moriarty

Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have been best friends since high school, but now time and circumstance are pulling them apart through careers, husbands and babies. As their yearly vacation becomes less of a priority, Joni wants to find a way to bring them back together. On a laughing, wine-filled night, the women write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and their friendship. Each letter is a dark confession revealing troubled marriages, substance abuse problems, pregnancies and health issues. After the others have gone to bed, Joni finds something in the fireplace: a burnt, nearly destroyed letter –a hate-filled rant that exposes a grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years?

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Adult Nonfiction

“Letters to a Young Muslim,” by Omar Saif Ghobash

After losing his father to a violent attack when he was only six years old, Omar Saif Ghobash became aware of the violence surrounding him in his home country of the United Arab Emirates. As he grew older, he began to reflect on what it meant to be a Muslim. This book is the result of the personal exploration Ghobash went through in the years after his father’s death. The new generation of Muslims is tomorrow’s leadership, and yet many choose to take a violent shortcut to paradise, ignoring the traditions and foundations of Islam. The question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite and find a voice true to Islam while productively engaging in the modern world.