Off the Shelves – December 3


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“Countdown to Mecca” by Michael Savage

A plane bound for Jordan goes down in the Caspian Sea yielding no survivors except for the Russian mercenary who hijacked the flight and a cask containing an agent of unprecedented destructive potential now missing from the wreckage.

A carefully plotted terrorist attack has been put into motion, and the one man who might be able to stop the attack is freelance reporter Jack Hatfield. Hatfield has been discredited as a journalist for some politically incorrect statements and left to pick up the pieces of his career.

When his brother, Sammy, calls him, saying that his neighbor overheard something she shouldn’t and now both their lives are in danger, Hatfield realizes he’s stumbled upon a conspiracy to destroy Mecca.

Now, he and a group of compatriots must uncover who is behind the plot and stop them. With the threat of a third world war looming, Hatfield must halt the destruction.


“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio taught the world to fly. Who were these men, and how did they achieve what they did?

David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity.

When they worked together, no problem seemed insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had a mechanical ingenuity that few had ever seen.

With no more than a public-school education, little money and no contacts in high places, they never gave up in their mission to take to the air.

Nothing stopped them, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contraptions, they risked being killed.

Historian McCullough draws on the resource of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story.


“Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll

As a teenager at a prestigious school, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe and a handsome blue-blood fiancé, she’s “this close” to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With twists you won’t see coming, “Luckiest Girl Alive” explores the pressure many women feel to have it all and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth.

Will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for or will it finally set her free?