Off the Shelves – February 11


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


“Fallen Land” by Taylor Brown

In the final year of the Civil War, Ava and Callum, a young couple on horseback, flee a dangerous band of marauders seeking a bounty reward. They only have each other and their horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs and ex-partisan rangers, the couple races through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. In the end, as they cross paths with the scorched destruction of Sherman’s March through Georgia, the couple seeks a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives.


“Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story” by Janis Winehouse

Amy Winehouse, declared by some to be the most gifted artist of her generation, died tragically at just 27. With a worldwide fan base and millions of record sales to her name, she had the world at her feet. Yet in the years before her death, she battled addiction and was frequently the subject of lurid tabloid headlines. Amy’s mother, Janis, knew her in a way no one else did. In this memoir, she tells the full story of the daughter she loved so much. As the world watched the rise of a superstar, then the free fall of an addict to her tragic death, Janis simply saw her as Amy: the daughter she’d given birth to, raised and stood by.


“Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain

Paula McLain’s new novel transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s to bring to life a fearless and captivating woman: Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir “Out of Africa.” Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Markham is raised by her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who shares his estate.