Off the Shelves – June 22

At the library

New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

The following item is 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

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“My Not So Perfect Life: a novel,” by Sophie Kinsella

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, living with her perfect family in a posh townhouse and wearing the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially when she’s desperate to make her dad proud. Then, just as she’s finding her feet, Demeter fires Katie. Determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away — until Demeter turns up as a guest.

The following item is new non-fiction from Hoosier writer Andrew E. Stoner, available through the Indiana Historical Society Press at indianahistory.org/our-services/books-publications.

Adult Nonfiction

“Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama,” by Andrew E. Stoner

The latest release from the Indiana Historical Society Press looks back over the sometimes important, sometimes irrelevant, but always interesting presidential campaign cycles in Indiana’s history. Andrew E. Stoner’s “Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama” examines the influences of technology, transportation and communication on the political process. While Indiana enjoyed the position of being a battleground state for the better part of a century from the 1870s until the 1960s, it has also been ignored, dismissed and on occasion created some of the most unexpected political drama America has to offer. Of particular importance in this work is the role of Indiana’s hometown newspapers of all political persuasions in communities big and small. The newspaper accounts provide a framework in which to consider the campaigns, and when combined with the words presidents and candidates have used to reach voters, a rich account is available to readers.