The following books have only one thing in common—
they tell an exceptional story. Some have been on the bestsellers list,
most have not. Whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction, old or new,
these books are guaranteed to entertain, enlighten or inspire you and all are available
at the Manchester Public Library.
How is it that two children, raised in the same family, can have different, conflicting moral and ethics?
This family has both a sheriff and female predator—dinner conversations must have been interesting!
This is the perfect choice for a book club discussion. A Vietnam vet, a lake, a boat and a missing wife…with an
ending that is left to the reader, conversation is assured.
A mother’s love for her children and the will to provide for them is the premise of this harrowing look at life in both
rural Appalachia and Detroit in the 40’s.
This dignified book shatters the illusions we may have about the genteel life of college academia while reaffirming
the need for strong friendships in our life.
On this cattle drive, you can feel the sand in your teeth! The characters are bold and colorful
and Blue Duck has to be the vilest villain ever conjured up. With alternating
chapters following several different story lines, this just may be the finest Western written.
Journalist, Jon Krakauer, climbed with and reported on the March 1996 Mt. Everest expedition with the
doomed Rob Hall and Scott Fisher. A compelling first hand account of the catastrophic climb.
A widow, a college student, a tailor and his nephew throw their lots together when they find themselves all living in the widow’s
home. Societal discrepancies and hardships are Dickensian in scope, but the humor and pathos make this epic novel one not to miss.
Ann Rule befriended serial killer, Ted Bundy, while volunteering with him on a suicide hot line.
He obviously was not the person she thought he was!
The Hartford Times and Hartford Courant, for years, published articles about the circus fire
which took place in Hartford on July 7, 1944.Now, all the facts and first person stories are put
together to record the most heartbreaking tragedy in Hartford’s history.
Friendship between two women is so easily shattered—by works or deeds taken wrong—and so hard
to put back together again.
Frank Gilbreth, Sr. was an internationally known time and motion study expert in the 1920’s,
and used his 12 children as his own personal laboratory with hysterical results. A true story of American spirit!
How far would you go to achieve the success you desire? Neither greed nor blackmail are out of the question in this
Manhattan psychological thriller!
Did you know that the correct definition of “geek” is “a circus performer who bites off the heads of live chickens”?
Aren’t words great? This book is truly for the adventurous reader and not for the faint of heart!
Sometimes you come across a book that you wish would go on and on. Baseball, politics and journalism
make for strange bedfellows in this small Vermont town.
Fifty-two years of living in a bus station where you were abandoned by your mother and pretending to
be deaf and mute—imagine the stories you could tell!
The perfect accompaniment to two recent movies, Capote and Infamous, this true crime saga was
published in 1965, and tells the chilling tale of a Kansas farming family who were murdered in cold blood.
In the 1950’s, popular belief held that a child born autistic was so due to an uncaring mother.
Four members of the same family tell of their destruction due to this misconception.
A boy, a raft, a tiger and the open sea—this is the setting for the adventure of a lifetime. But did it really
happen to the narrator or was it a fantasy created to help him survive? You decide.
Have you ever driven on the highway, by yourself, doing errands or whatever, and thought, what would happen
if I skipped my exit and kept going? This lady does!
The three day battle of Gettysburg is told in alternating chapters by generals of both the Confederacy and the Union.
Because it is the study of not only the battle but that of human nature, this historical novel is most compelling.
A household is disrupted by a daughter who wants to disguise herself as a boy in order to be a Civil War re-enactor
and a son who snoops in his mother’s e-mail and discovers she’s having an affair.