The following is a list of books recently added to the Brooke County Public Library’s collection:
THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Dean Koontz. In retreat from a devastating loss and crushing injustice, Katie lives alone in a fortresslike stone house on Jacob’s Ladder island. Once a rising star in the art world, she finds refuge in her painting. The neighboring island of Ringrock houses a secret: a government research facility. And now two agents have arrived on Jacob’s Ladder in search of someone–or something–they refuse to identify. Although an air of menace hangs over these men, an infinitely greater threat has arrived, one so strange even the island animals are in a state of high alarm. Katie soon finds herself in an epic and terrifying battle with a mysterious enemy. But Katie’s not alone after all: a brave young girl appears out of the violent squall. As Katie and her companion struggle across a dark and eerie landscape, against them is an omnipresent terror that could bring about the end of the world.
EMILY by Eden Francis Compton and Rachael Flanery. Teddy’s a world-famous playwright in the mold of David Mamet, but for the past year he’s been stuck. An assignment to write a play about Emily Dickinson should have been simple–but instead it has turned into pure obsession. Then, one night, she comes to life in his office, like magic, seducing him, torturing him, begging him to uncover the shocking secret about her life that she has woven between the lines of her text. And tonight, he’s finally figured her out. So why is Teddy holding a loaded gun to his head?
THE PASSENGER by Cormac McCarthy. 1980, Pass Christian, Mississippi: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit–by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.
THE WINE BIBLE by Karen MacNeil. Beloved and trusted by everyone, from newcomers starting their wine journey to oenophiles, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and industry insiders, The Wine Bible is comprehensive, entertaining, authoritative, beautifully written, and endlessly interesting. Page after page grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals–vineyards and varietals, climate and terroir–while layering on passionate asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, illustrations, maps, labels, and over 400 photographs in full-color.
DINNER PARTY WITH THE SAINTS by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker. Hinting at one of the traditional images of heaven, the Banquet or Marriage Feast of the Lamb (Revelation 9:9), the author gathers sixteen holy souls, enabling you to better understand what they were like on earth. Combining fictional narrative, fascinating biographies, and mouth-watering dinner party recipes, the book offers a resource for families and other groups to celebrate saints spanning the history of the Church, and to better understand the “people behind the halos.”
EASY/JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT/GRAPHIC NOVEL
GOING DARK by Melissa de la Cruz. When 19-year-old Josh returns from Rome without his budding influencer girlfriend Amelia, he immediately becomes a suspect in her disappearance, but as college sophomore and hacker Harper attempts to clear his name, she unearths secrets from both Josh and Amelia’s past.
LIVE OR DIE? by Pat Shand. Take the challenge to see how you’d handle these treacherous life and death scenarios on the ground, in the sea, and in the air. With at least one option that saves your life and one that could lead to certain death, every situation is an opportunity to answer the most important question…would you survive?