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

“Fallout: The Hot War” by Harry Turtledove

The novels of Harry Turtledove are known for demonstrating how history lies in the balance of single moments: an act of folly, a poor decision, a moment of rage. In this new series, Turtledove examines what might have happened had the U.S. and Soviet Union unleashed their nuclear arsenals on each other. Nuclear war and nuclear holocaust, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin are at the heart of this story that unfolds through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor in a displaced persons camp in Washington; the wife of a bomber pilot and her 5-year-old daughter starting a new existence; a savage Soviet fighter waging war by his own rules; and a British pub owner falling in love with an American pilot. This chronicle of war becomes a story of human struggle as the armies of the world implode; the next chapter will be written by the survivors.

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Adult Non-Fiction

“The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded” by Leland Purvis

English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (1912–1954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. This biography of Turing’s life in graphic novel form includes his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code-breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma code during World War II, which saved countless lives and accelerated the allied defeat of the Nazis. While Turing’s achievements remain relevant decades after his death, the story of his life in post-war Europe includes arrest, trial, conviction and punishment for being openly gay.

DVD

“Carole King: Natural Woman” on DVD

This biographical DVD is a celebration of the singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s in New York to the music mecca of the 70s in Los Angeles to the present. Carole King joins collaborators and family with new interviews, rare home movies, performances and photos.