Off the Shelves – July 16


New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

These items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit


“There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me,” by Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke’s modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old. Teri’s skills as both Brooke’s mother and manager were well-known, but in private, she was troubled and drank heavily. As Brooke grew into adulthood, both made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. Despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri’s side when she died in 2012. In this open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke reveals stories and feelings that are familiar to both mothers and daughters alike.


“A Touch of Stardust,” by Kate Alcott

When Julie Crawford leaves the Midwest for Hollywood, she doesn’t consider the possibility of crossing paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie’s own hometown. Julie dreams of becoming a screenwriter, but the only job available is in the publicity office of producer David O. Selznick, who burns through directors, writers and money as he films “Gone with the Wind.” Although tensions run high on the set, Julie escapes to the back lot to take in the smell of gunpowder, the rustle of hoop skirts and the magical world of “Gone with the Wind.” Julie’s access to real-life magic occurs when Lombard hires her as an assistant and invites her into the glamorous world she shares with Clark Gable, who is about to move into movie history as dashing Rhett Butler.

In the ever-widening scope of this story, Julie is given a front-row seat to two of the greatest love affairs of all time: the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett, and off screen, the deepening love between Carole and Clark.

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“Car Talk: Car Tunes,” by Tom Magliozzi

“Car Talk: Car Tunes” are the most frequent listener requests fielded by Click and Clack, the famous Tappet brothers. Listeners searching for disrespectful, irreverent car tunes that express their true feelings about their vehicles need look no further. Facing another incomprehensible, costly repair? Wondering how you managed to buy the only lemon on the lot? Sitting by the dusty roadside waiting for a tow? Just pop “Car Talk: Car Tunes” into your CD player and select a tune that best expresses your situation. Choose from 21 tunes with titles like “Auto Service Hell,” “King of Junk,” “Cab on Fire,” “My Bloody Yugo” and “Under the Wrench.” This compendium of songs features the best car tunes played on the air during the past 13 years of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio.