Off the Shelves – September 21

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

“Martians Abroad,” by Carrie Vaughn

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Author Carrie Vaughn, known for her best-selling Kitty Norville series, moves into science fiction with her latest novel, “Martians Abroad.” Polly Newton has one single-minded dream: to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly’s plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth. Homesick and cut off from her plans for her future, Polly cannot seem to fit into life on Earth. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right — there’s more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.

Adult Nonfiction

“Radical Candor: be a kickass boss without losing your humanity,” by Kim Malone Scott

From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it — and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management. In “Radical Candor,” Scott promotes a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring, its obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging its ruinous empathy. When you do neither, it’s manipulative insincerity. This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team and achieving results you’re all proud of.