The following books are currently on the shelf in the New Books section at the Clarksburg library on Pike Street. New books have a loan period of 14 days, but can be renewed if no one else has reserved them. (If you can’t find the one you want, ask your librarian for help locating it.)
This week’s picks of nonfiction are:
Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs by Mark Pilkington
Pilkington turns the usual UFO controversy upside down and keeps you guessing. Who are these ‘Mirage Men’? How much do the American intelligence services really know about extraterrestrial visits? Now imagine that, instead of the government trying to cover-up UFOs, it has created UFOs as a cover-up to other things much more dangerous? Or… then again, what if the government only wants you to think it’s using UFOs as a cover-up to its millitary secrets, but it’s using that twisted conspiracy theory to cover up the truth about flying saucers after all?
Pilkington is a gifted writer, so this book is enjoyable to read, for believers and skeptics alike. Beyond tackling the age-old UFO question, the real value in this book lies in its overview of the social history and mythology that surrounds the human quest for the truth behind UFO sightings and alien encounters. Find it at 001.942 PIL.
Also on the New Books nonfiction shelves this week:
The Truth about Psychics by Sylvia Browne. The famous psychic provides some background information about her own paranormal experiences and gifts, and gives advice on how to tell a true medium from a bogus fortune teller. An interesting look behind the scenes for those who depend on mediums, as well as those still deciding to give it a try. 133.8 BRO
They Bite: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators, by Jonathan Maberry and David F. Kramer, is a compendium of commentary about a variety of supernatural beings we encounter in horror fiction. Contributors include Peter Straub, Holly Black, and Ramsey Campbell. 130 MAB
Bigfoot: the Life and Times of a Legend. Joshua Buhs tells us the story of the story of Bigfoot — more the tale of our long quest, rather than any answers about existence or origin. Plenty of insights about shifts in American culture over the past century as well. 001.944 BUH
Check back Friday evening for new fiction titles with paranormal/supernatural themes, also available at the library.