Off the Shelves – October 22

New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library. 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


“Finders Keepers” by Stephen KingAlthough this is the second of a trilogy, Stephen King has written a stand-alone story in this sequel to “Mr. Mercedes.” John Rothstein is an iconic author who created a famous fictional character in Jimmy Gold, but hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris breaks into Rothstein’s home, kills him and empties his safe of cash, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, but is then imprisoned for an unrelated crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.ADULT FICTION“The Mountain Story” by Lori LarsensFour lost hikers are about to discover they’re capable of something extraordinary. Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her husband passed; Bridget is training for a triathalon; Vonn is working out teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet; Wolf Truly is the only experienced hiker among them, but he has come to the cliffs on his eighteenth birthday without food or supplies because he plans to take his own life. When a series of missteps strands this group together in the wilderness, they realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is one another. As days without rescue go by, and misadventure turns to nightmare, these four broken souls begin to bond, pushing themselves and one another further than they could have dreamed. The three who make it home alive will be forever changed by their harrowing days on the mountain.


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“The Mercy of the Sky” by Holly BaileyHolly Bailey grew up dreaming of becoming a storm chaser, but became the youngest ever White House correspondent for “Newsweek” magazine, traveling to war zones with Presidents Bush and Obama. But nothing prepared her for what she would soon find back home. On May 20, 2013, the worst tornado on record landed a direct hit on the small town of Moore, destroying two schools while the children cowered inside. Bailey went back both as a journalist and a hometown girl, speaking to the teachers who put their lives at risk to save their students, the weathermen more revered than rock stars and more tormented than they let on, and many shell-shocked residents.