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.
“Get in Trouble,” by Kelly Link
Author Kelly Link presents a new collection of nine short stories for adults with “Get in Trouble.” In “The Summer People,” a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In “I Can See Right Through You,” a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In “The New Boyfriend,” a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, superheroes and the pyramids are some of the other topics Link writes about in this darkly humorous collection.
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“Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot,” by Sarah Marquis
In “Wild by Nature,” National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis takes readers on a 10,000-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, and then by boat to complete the hike to her favorite tree in Australia.
Against the odds and relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis survived the Mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks, temperatures from subzero to scorching, life-threatening wildlife, a dengue fever delirium in the Laos jungle, tropic ringworm in northern Thailand and dehydration. This story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence and resilience shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance and what it is to be truly alone in the wild.