Off the Shelves – April 5

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

Adult fiction

“The Blinds” by Adam Sternbergh

In an under-populated town in rural Texas, full of misfits and criminals, everyone has been granted a second chance, as well as a new identity. But there’s a catch: if the misfits try to escape, they will face death. With their memories altered, the citizens try to survive. For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has dedicated his career to working hard to obtain peace in the small town the criminals call home. But a suicide and murder — in quick succession — causes the town’s residents to revolt. With secrets of his own to protect, the sheriff makes an effort to keep his new deputy — and the mysterious outsiders who threaten the town — from discovering that the town is no sleepy hideaway.

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Adult nonfiction

“Member of the Family: My story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult and the darkness that ended the Sixties” by Dianne Lake

At 14, Dianne Lake — with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them — became one of “Charlie’s girls,” a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. In this memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival and healing, Lake chronicles her years with the Manson Family, revealing how she became its youngest member. Over the course of two years, Lake endured manipulation, psychological control and physical abuse as the reality of Charles Manson’s true nature revealed itself. From group acid trips to The Beatles’ “White Album” and Manson’s messiah complex, Lake tells the story of the group as she lived it. Though she never participated in any of the group’s crimes, Lake was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family, and eventually joined the prosecution’s case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who arrested her and later took her into his home, Lake eventually grew up to lead an ordinary life.