Off the Shelves – August 20


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“Daddy, Stop Talking! And Other Things My Kids Want But Won’t be Getting” by Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla, comedian and author of “President Me” and “Not Taco Bell Material” lays down the law to modern parents. If your kids had to grow up the way you did — without iPads, 70-inch flat-screen TVs, American Girl dolls and Wi-Fi in the climate-controlled minivan — might they actually be better off? Are you underappreciated or ignored? Do you worry you’re raising a bunch of spoiled softies who will never know how to do anything themselves — because you do everything for them?

Carolla gives advice about what adults must do if they don’t want to support their kids forever. Using his own childhood as a cautionary tale and touting the pitfalls of helicopter-parenting, Carolla discusses dating, drinking and drugs, buying your first house and car, and more.


“The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand

Madeline and Grace are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their marriages, their kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But something’s changed. If there’s anything Nantucket likes, it’s a good rumor, and rumor has it that novelist Madeline is battling writer’s block with a deadline, bills and blank pages driving her to a bad decision; that Grace has been collaborating too closely with her landscape architect; that Grace’s real estate mogul husband has embarked on an unusual side project; that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son and Grace’s daughter is on the rocks. As gossip escalates, and the possible loss of the happy lives looms, Grace and Madeline try to set the record straight — but truth might be even worse than rumor.

Adult Graphic Novel

“Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War” by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Featuring panoramas and stark images, “Battle Lines” is an original graphic history of the Civil War. A collaboration between historian Ari Kelman and graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, “Battle Lines” showcases artifacts from the conflict (a tattered American flag from Fort Sumter, a pair of opera glasses, a bullet, an inkwell and more), along with a cast of soldiers, farmers, slaves and well-known historical figures, to trace a narrative that extends from the early rumblings of secession to the dark years of Reconstruction. Employing a graphic form to illuminate the history of this period, Kelman and Fetter-Vorm take the reader from the farms of the home front all the way to the front lines of an infantry charge.