Off the Shelves – December 29

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.

Adult Fiction

“Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s, Book One” by Jodi Taylor

Behind the innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it time travel. These historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t just harmless eccentrics either. A more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. The first lesson of St. Mary’s on-the-job training is that one wrong move and history will fight back — sometimes in nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting. Max and her compatriots travel through time from 11th-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria saving St. Mary’s and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

Adult Non-Fiction

“Psychobook: Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories” by Julian Rothenstein

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Who knew a trip to the therapist could be so much fun, even aesthetically rewarding? Beyond sharing feelings or complaining about your mother, “Psychobook” reveals the history of psychological testing in a fascinating sideways look at classic testing methods from word-association games to inkblots to personality tests. “Psychobook” includes never-before-seen content from long-hidden archives, as well as re-imagined tests from contemporary artists and writers, to try out yourself, at home or at parties. A great gift for the therapist in your life and the therapist in you or for anyone who enjoys games and quizzes.

Teen Materials

“Golden Boy” by Sonya Hartnett

With their father, there’s always a catch. Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian have moved to a new working-class suburb. The Jensons are different. Their father Rex showers them with gifts — toys, bikes, all that glitters most — and makes them the envy of the neighborhood. To Freya Kiley and the other local kids, the Jensons are a family from a magazine, and Rex is a hero: successful, attentive, attractive and always there to lend a hand. But to Colt he’s impossible, unbearable and suffocating. Has Colt got Rex wrong, or has he seen something in his father that will destroy their fragile new lives?