Off the Shelves – January 26

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

“Razor Girl,” by Carl Hiaasen

When Lane Coolman’s car is bashed from behind on the road, what appears to be an innocent accident is anything but. Behind the wheel of the offending car is Merry Mansfield — Razor Girl — so named for her unique addition to a routine scam. The situation spirals out of control involving the owner of Sedimental Journey, a company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another; Zeto, the small-time hustler who gets electrocuted trying to charge a Tesla; Nance Buck, star of the redneck reality TV show, “Bayou Brethren;” a psycho fanboy named Blister; a product liability lawyer hooked on the very product he’s litigating against; and former detective Andrew Yancy, who’s convinced that if he can just solve one more murder, he can leave his current position of health inspector and get his badge back.

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Adult Non-Fiction

“Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty,” by Thomas J. Ward Jr.

The Tufts-Delta Health Center opened in 1966 in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, to become the first rural community health center in the US. Its goal was to provide health care and outreach to the region’s thousands of rural poor, mostly black sharecroppers who had lived without access to medical resources for generations. Historian Thomas J. Ward explores the health center’s story alongside the life of its founder, Dr. H. Jack Geiger. A teenage runaway, he was taken in by the actor and Harlem Renaissance icon Canada Lee who loaned Geiger money to attend medical school.