Off the Shelves – July 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

Adult Fiction

“Iris and Ruby: A Novel,” by Rosie Thomas

The unexpected arrival of her willful teenage granddaughter, Ruby, brings life and disorder to 82-year-old Iris Black’s old house in Cairo.

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Ruby, driven by her fraught relationship with her own mother to run away from England, is seeking refuge with the grandmother she hasn’t seen for years.

A bond develops between them, as Ruby helps Iris to record her fading memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War II and of her one true love — the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux — whom she lost in the conflict of war.

This long-ago love has shaped Iris’s life, and, as it becomes increasingly apparent, the lives of her daughter and her granddaughter, and it will continue to affect them all in ways they could not have imagined.

Adult Nonfiction

“Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail,” by Debbie Clarke Moderow

As a 47-year-old mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average Iditarod musher. But that’s where she found herself when, with less than 200 miles to the finish line, her dogs decided they didn’t want to run anymore.

But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs. Moderow pushed through injuries, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds and clashing personalities — both human and canine — to prevail.

Teen Materials

“This Raging Light,” by Estelle Laure

Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break” from parenting, from responsibility and from Lucille and her little sister, Wren.

Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille believes that she will do what she needs to do and that no one will separate her from her sister. Now is not the time for Lucille to fall in love.

But love — messy, inconvenient love — is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother.