Off the Shelves – October 5

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

“I’d Die for You: and other lost stories,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Known not only for his brilliant novels but also for short stories chronicling the Jazz Age, such as ‘Bernice Bobs her Hair’ and ‘The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald continued to write stories his entire life, some of which were never published — until now. Many of the stories in “I’d Die for You” were submitted to major magazines and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald’s lifetime but were never printed. A few were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers but not filmed. Others are stories that could not be sold because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald in the 1930s. The stories have been collected from various sources including library archives, private collections and from the Fitzgerald family.

Adult Nonfiction

“How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids,” by Jancee Dunn

This humorous and candid account of one woman’s quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink tackles an unspoken subject of parenthood: the startling and white-hot fury that new mothers often have for their mates. After author Jancee Dunn had her baby, she found that she was doing all the household chores, even though she and her husband worked equal hours. She asked herself: How did I become the “expert” at changing a diaper? Many expectant parents spend weeks researching cribs and car seats, but spend little time thinking about the impact the baby will have on their marriage. This book outlines the way outmoded family patterns and traditions thwarts the overworked, overloaded parents of today. Dunn delves into relationship research, solicits the counsel of sex therapists, canvasses fellow parents, and consults an FBI hostage negotiator on how to effectively contain an “explosive situation.” Part memoir, part self-help book, “How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids” is a look at how the man who got you into this position is the ally you didn’t know you had.