Off the Shelves – May 25

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

“The Sleepwalker: a novel,” by Chris Bohjalian

When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee, a sleepwalker, once destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter Lianna pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River Bridge. After Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Her husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a detective and her sister Paige takes to swimming the Gale River to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of Annalee’s nightshirt hanging from a tree branch, it’s certain Annalee is dead, but the detective continues to call. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself asking: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where is the body?

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Adult Nonfiction

“Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living,” by Majula Martin

In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do, or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It’s an endless, confusing and often controversial conversation. In “Scratch,” Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: how do creative people make money? Contributors Jonathan Franzen, Cheryl Strayed, Nick Hornby, Susan Orlean, Alexander Chee, Daniel Jose Older, Jennifer Weiner and Yiyun Li candidly and emotionally discuss money, MFA programs, teaching fellowships, finally getting published and what success really means to them. “Scratch” honestly addresses the tensions between writing and money, work and life, literature and commerce. The result is an entertaining and inspiring book that helps readers and writers understand what it’s really like to make art in a world that runs on money.