Off the Shelves – March 3

The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road.

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“Angels Burning” by Tawni O’Dell

When a girl is beaten to death and tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Police Chief Dove Carnahan is faced with solving the worst crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a daughter of the Truly family, a notoriously irascible dynasty of rednecks and petty criminals.

Loyal to her community, Dove is loved by all, but beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was 16.

During the murder investigation, the man convicted of killing Dove’s mother years earlier is released from prison. Still proclaiming his innocence, he approaches Dove with a startling accusation.


“In a Different Key: the Story of Autism” by John Donovan

Nearly 75 years ago, Donald Triplett became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, “In a Different Key” tells the story of this often-misunderstood condition and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it.

It is the story of Ruth Sullivan, who rebelled against a medical establishment that blamed cold and rejecting “refrigerator mothers” for causing autism; of fathers who pushed scientists to dig harder for treatments; of doctors like Leo Kanner, who pioneered our understanding of autism; lawyers like Tom Gilhool, who took the families’ battle for education to the courtroom; scientists who sparred over how to treat autism; and those with autism, like Temple Grandin, Alex Plank, and Ari Ne’eman, who explained their inner worlds and championed the philosophy of neurodiversity.

It is the story of decades of determination to liberate children from dank institutions, challenge expert opinion on what it means to have autism and persuade society to accept those who are different.

Graphic Novel

“Rosalie Lightning” by Tom Hart

“Rosalie Lightning” is Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart’s bestselling graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. Hart uses the graphic form to articulate his and his wife’s ongoing search for meaning in the aftermath of Rosalie’s death, exploring themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth and hope.

Hart portrays the solace he discovers in nature, philosophy, great works of literature, and art across all media in this expressively honest and loving tribute to his baby girl.