Off the Shelves – May 12

AT THE LIBRARY

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 hcplibrary.org.

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“Every Anxious Wave” by Mo Daviau

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When bartender and good guy Karl Bender stumbles upon a time-traveling wormhole in his closet, he and his best friend, Wayne, develop a side business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to listen to their favorite bands. It’s a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl accidentally sends Wayne to 980 instead of 1980. Wayne sends texts extolling the quality of life in 10th century “Mannahatta,” but Karl is distraught that he can’t bring his friend back. Enter brilliant astrophysicist Lena Geduldig. While Karl and Lena work to get Wayne back, they fall in love with time travel and each other. Unable to resist meddling with the past, Lena prevents her own long-ago rape, but alters the course of her life and threatens her future with Karl.

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“The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict” by Austin Reed

In 2009, Yale University scholars came across a startling manuscript: the memoir of Austin Reed, a free black man born in the 1820s who spent his early life ricocheting between forced prison labor and forced labor as an indentured servant. Reed was born to a middle-class black family in Rochester, New York, but when his father died, his mother struggled to make ends meet. As a child, Reed was placed as an indentured servant to a family of white farmers. He was caught attempting to set fire to a building and sentenced to 10 years at Manhattan’s House of Refuge, an early juvenile reformatory that would become known for beatings and forced labor. Seven years later, Reed found himself at New York’s Auburn State Prison, where he finished writing his memoir. Accompanied by historical documents including a series of poignant letters written by Reed near the end of his life, this memoir illuminates his life and times.

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“Learning to Drive”

Isabel Coixet directed this slice-of-life comedy/drama starring Patricia Clarkson as Wendy, a middle-aged book critic who is shattered when her husband Ted (Jake Weber) leaves her. In order to visit her daughter (Grace Gummer) who lives upstate, Wendy begins taking driving lessons from Darwan (Ben Kingsley), an American citizen and cab driver originally from India, who makes a living teaching driving lessons. The two strike up a friendship that helps Wendy learn to take control of her life, and Darwan adjust to his new life after an arranged marriage.