Off the Shelves – April 28

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


“Coconut Cowboy” by Tim Dorsey

Obsessed with the iconic 60s classic film “Easy Rider,” encyclopedic Floridaphile, lovable serial killer and movie buff Serge A. Storms devises a plan to finish the journey begun by his freewheeling fictional “Easy Rider” heroes, Captain America and Billy, whose lives were tragically cut short by shotgun-wielding rednecks.

Serge saddles up his motorcycle and revs off to find the lost American Dream with his drug-addled travel buddy Coleman. But the America he finds in the rural burgs is a bit different and a whole lot weirder than anything Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper encountered. In Florida, a state where criminal politicians are more common than gators, Serge and Coleman discover one particular speed-trap locale so aggressively corrupt that investigators are baffled at where to start.

Expect madness, mayhem, ingenious homicides and mind-altering pharmaceuticals when Serge and Coleman’s path intersects with the Sunshine State’s hyper-dysfunctional rusticity. Where’s Jack Nicholson when you need him?


“How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel” by Pierre Bayard

Written to be a sequel to “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read,” Pierre Bayard takes readers on a trip around the world, giving us essential guidance on how to talk about all those fantastic places we’ve never been.

Practical, funny and thought-provoking, “How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been” will delight and inform armchair globetrotters, who will never have to leave the comfort of the living room. Bayard examines the art of the “non-journey,” a tradition that a succession of writers and thinkers have employed in order to speak knowledgeably of the foreign cultures they wish to know about.

He describes concrete situations in which the reader might find himself having to speak about places he’s never been, and he chronicles some of his own experiences and offers practical advice.

Teen Materials

“The Night Parade” by Kathryn Tanquary

The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in her exciting life in Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother’s village.

Preparing for the Obon ceremony of honoring one’s ancestors is boring, but then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family’s ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked and Saki has three nights to undo it.