Off the Shelves – July 7


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

Adult Fiction

“The House of Daniel: A novel of wild magic, the great depression, and semipro ball,” by Harry Turtledove

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Since the Depression, life hasn’t been the same. Hotshot wizards will tell you nothing’s really changed. No paying jobs at the mill because zombies will work for nothing. The diner is seeing hard times as well because fewer folks can afford to fly carpets in from miles away. Jack Spivey’s just another down-and-out trying to stay alive. Sometimes that means making a few bucks playing ball with the Enid Eagles, and sometimes it means roughing up rival thugs for Big Stu. One day, Jack knocks on the door of the person he’s supposed to “deal with” and realizes he’s not going to do any such thing to the young lady who answers. Then the House of Daniel comes to town — a team that’ll take on anyone and whose antics never fail to entertain. Against the odds, Jack secures a spot on the team. Now they’re off to tour an America that’s as shot through with magic as it is dead broke.

Adult NonFiction

“Wilde’s Women: How Oscar Wilde Was Shaped by the Women He Knew,” by Eleanor Fitzsimons

Oscar Wilde’s devotion to personal liberty made him a staunch defender of gender equality. Women were central to his life and career. In this new work, Eleanor Fitzsimons reframes Wilde’s story and his legacy through the women in his life, including such personalities as Florence Balcombe, the wife of Bram Stoker; actress Lillie Langtry; and his tragic and witty niece, Dolly, who, like Wilde, loved fast cars, cocaine and foreign women. Full of details and anecdotes, “Wilde’s Women” relates the untold story of how a libertine writer played a sympathetic role on behalf of many women and how they supported him in the midst of a Victorian society in the process of changing forever.


“Infinitely Polar Bear,” starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana

While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found working on one of his many half-completed projects. As he recovers from a manic breakdown, his wife, Maggie, (Zoe Saldana) enters an out-of-state graduate school program in the hopes of building a better life for her family. Cam agrees to become the primary caregiver for his spirited young daughters and quickly finds himself in over his head. Based on a true story, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is a portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children can save each other.