Off the Shelves – September 22

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


“The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Every family has its problems, but the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on a cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice and Jack gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a 19-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. The Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems from college tuition to a business investment. This is a story about the power of family, friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down.


“The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss,” by Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper’s career as a journalist for CNN affords him little time to spend with his 91-year old mother. When she fell ill, they began a conversation through email of honesty and depth in which they discussed their lives, the things that matter to them and what they still want to learn about each other. “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” is a son’s love letter to his mother in her final years and an unconventional mother’s life lessons for her grown son. Through hilarious and touching exchanges, they share their thoughts and the truths they’ve learned along the way. Throughout the book, their distinctive personalities shine through: Anderson’s darker outlook on the world in contrast to his mother’s idealistic optimism. This blend of memoir and inspirational advice is a celebration of the universal bond between parent and child.


“Everest,” produced by Tim Bevan: Inspired by the events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, the film documents the journey of two expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Climbers face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.