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.
“Paris: the novel,” by Edward Rutherfurd
Edward Rutherfurd, known for his historical fiction, presents an epic about the city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes and fall in and out of love, the novel follows nobles who claim descent from the hero of the celebrated poem “The Song of Roland:” a humble family that embodies the ideals of the French Revolution; a pair of brothers from the slums — one of whom works on the Eiffel Tower while the other joins the underworld near the Moulin Rouge; merchants who lose everything during the reign of Louis XV but rise again in the age of Napoleon to establish Paris as the great center of art and culture that it is today. With Rutherfurd’s blend of research and narrative, this novel brings the sights, scents and tastes of the City of Light to life.
“Killers of the Flower Moon,” by David Grann
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In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot or poisoned. As more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations, and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau, and infiltrated the region. Working with the Osage, they exposed one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.