Hopeless But Optimistic
By Douglas A. Wissing
One of the state’s most intrepid combat reporters, Wissing went to Afghanistan for a third time in 2013, expecting to watch the war wind down. Instead, he found a place still rife with conflict. In this follow-up to his 2012 book Funding the Enemy, the Bloomingtonian gives readers a view of both the perils and the many examples of money being wasted in a country where even something as seemingly benign as digging wells has devastating consequences.
Rise the Dark
By Michael Koryta
A man is searching for his wife’s killer in Florida, a woman has been kidnapped in Montana, and domestic terrorists are threatening the western U.S. power grid. Over the course of this fast-moving thriller, those crimes intersect in what promises to be yet another New York Times bestselling novel for Koryta, who has produced nine of them from his Bloomington home.
By Angela Palm
Palm had what you might call a standard upbringing in the cornfields of rural DeMotte, Indiana—except for the fact that the boy she loved killed two elderly people and is now in prison. In this memoir, Palm writes that she lived “recklessly and widely,” and tries to reconcile her feelings about that period. If she were your daughter, you’d cringe. Since she is not, you’ll want to read on.