Off the Shelves – November 9

New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library. 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

“Ararat,” by Christopher Golden

When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Turkey’s Mount Ararat, a newly engaged couple is determined to be first inside. What they discover changes history. The cave is actually an ancient ship buried in the mountainside that many come to believe is Noah’s ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborately adorned coffin hidden in the recesses of the ship. Inside the coffin, they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver — not the holy man they expected but a hideous creature with horns. Shock and fear turn to horror as a massive blizzard blows in, trapping them thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain. As they pray for rescue and safety, something unexpected hears their prayers instead.

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Adult Nonfiction

“Grant,” by Ron Chernow

From the author of “Alexander Hamilton” comes a new biography about General and later President Ulysses S. Grant. Grant has often been caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose years in office came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. Chernow has written a portrait of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with speed and frequency. Before the Civil War, Grant’s business ventures had been dismal, but in the Civil War, Grant began to realize his potential, rising through the ranks of the Union army to general and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. His military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals. After his presidency, he was again brought low by a trusted colleague, but he resuscitated his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs.