Off the Shelves – December 10

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


“The New Neighbor” by Leah Stewart

Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley rarely leaves her Tennessee mountain-top home and is content to hide from the world, until she spots a woman who’s moved into the long-empty house across the pond. Her neighbor, Jennifer Young, is also hiding.

On the run from her old life, she and her 4-year-old son, Milo, have moved to a quiet town where no one from her past can find her. In Jennifer, Margaret sees a companion for her loneliness and a mystery to be solved.

She thinks if she says the right thing, tells the right story, Jennifer will open up, but Jennifer refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father, or her past. Frustrated, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries, threatening to unravel Jennifer’s new life — and reveals some secrets of her own.

“The New Neighbor” is a novel about an old woman’s curiosity turned into a obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor’s complicated and cloaked life.


“1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR — Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal and Unlikely Destiny” by David Pietrusza

In 1932, two Depression-battered nations anoint new leaders to rescue their people from starvation and hopelessness. America elects a president, ebullient aristocrat Franklin Roosevelt. Germany suffers two rounds of bloody Reichstag elections and two presidential contests before permitting Adolf Hitler to rise to power. The outcome is unstoppable forces advancing upon crumbled, disoriented societies.

A merciless Great Depression brought transformation: FDR’s New Deal and Hitler’s Third Reich. 1932’s narrative covers two stories with parallels to today’s world situation.

It is a tale of scapegoats and panaceas, class warfare and racial politics, of a depression, of massive unemployment and hardship, of unprecedented public works/infrastructure programs, of business stimulus programs, of waves of bank failures and of mortgages foreclosed. It is 1932’s nightmare — with lessons for today.


“Home” Rated PG, by DreamWorks

This Dreamworks animated film is based on the book “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex. After a hive-minded alien race called the Boov conquer the Earth, they relocate the planet’s human population, all except for a little girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna), who somehow managed to hide from the aliens.

When Tip meets a fugitive Boov called Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), who, through bungling and errors, has gotten on the wrong side of his own people, there’s mutual distrust. But Tip soon sees that Oh is not like his comrades.

As their distrust fades, the pair set out together to find Tip’s mother; unbeknownst to them, the Gorg, enemies of the Boov, are en route.