Off the Shelves – April 20

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

“Lincoln in the Bardo,” by George Saunders

On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrived at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visited the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Willie finds himself in a strange purgatory — the bardo — where ghosts commiserate, quarrel and enact bizarre acts of penance. Set over the course of one night and populated by spirits of the recently passed and the long dead, “Lincoln in the Bardo” is an exploration of death, grief and the powers of good and evil.

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Adult Nonfiction

“The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative,” by Florence Williams

For centuries, poets and philosophers have extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by humanity’s renewal in the natural world, author Florence Williams uncovers the science behind nature’s positive effects as she travels to cypress forests in Korea and the green hills of Scotland. She takes a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, and in the West Virginia mountains, she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. “The Nature Fix” demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think.