Off the Shelves – June 1

The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit hcplibrary.org.

Adult Fiction

“Little Heaven: A Novel,” by Nick Cutter

A trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops — the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts a pall over the community. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Something evil invades Little Heaven and the occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back.

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Adult Nonfiction

“The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II,” by Ben Montgomery

In 1944, as World War II raged in the Pacific, Josefina Guerrero was swept up in the underground guerrilla movement in Manila. The convent-educated girl who loved reading poetry and listening to Chopin and Beethoven became one of the most reliable and courageous spies for the United States in the Pacific Theater, putting her life at risk for no reward but to help the Americans oust the Japanese occupiers from her homeland. Guerrero suffered from leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a nightmarish leper colony and campaigned for the US government to do something it had never done: welcome a foreigner with leprosy.