Off the Shelves – October 8

The following 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 hcplibrary.org.

FICTION

“War of the Encyclopaedists” by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

In a rare literary collaboration, two voices join to tell the story of a friendship that spans continents and crises from Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq. On a summer night, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At 23, they had planned to move to Boston for graduate school, but Montauk learns that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at summer’s end. In the confusion of this altered future, Corderoy faces the dilemma of whether to abandon his girlfriend when she needs him most. He turns to Montauk for help and sets in motion a year that transforms them all. Months later, Corderoy and Montauk grapple with their new identities as each deals with his own disappointments. As their shared dream fades, they keep in touch by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves with smart and funny updates that morph and deepen throughout the year, culminating in a document that is both tragic and poetic.

NONFICTION

“Shirley, I Jest! A Storied Life” by Cindy Williams

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Cindy Williams, half of the comedic duo of “Laverne and Shirley,” has had a lively career in show business. This book describes Williams’ journey from blue-collar roots to unexpected stardom. It recounts her experiences from being pranked by the Doors’ Jim Morrison while waiting tables at Whisky-a-Go-Go to starring in one of the most iconic shows on television. Cindy tells stories of her struggles as a child growing up with meager means and dreaming of becoming an actress. She also shares many misadventures and anecdotes about some of the most famous actors in Hollywood.

AUDIOBOOK

“Every Fifteen Minutes” by Lisa Scottoline

Dr. Eric Parrish, chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital, is doing his best as a single dad to his 7-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work is going better than his home life, but when he takes on Max as a new patient, Eric’s world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes make Max a high-risk patient. When the girl is found murdered and Max is nowhere to be found, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest” himself.