Off the Shelves – November 16

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

“Change Agent,” by Daniel Suarez

On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle — and his transformation begins. In 2045 Kenneth Durand led Interpol’s crusade against genetic crime, hunting down black market labs that perform “vanity edits” on human embryos. These illegal procedures performed on human trafficking victims are rapidly accelerating human evolution. Durand and his fellow agents discover that one figure looms behind it: Marcus Wyckes, leader of the Huli Jing cartel, but the Huli Jing have identified Durand, too. After being forcibly dosed with a radical change agent, Durand wakes from a coma weeks later to find he’s been genetically transformed into someone else: his most wanted suspect, Wyckes. Now a fugitive and pursued by his former colleagues, Durand is determined to restore his original DNA by locating the source of the mysterious and highly valuable change agent.

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Adult nonfiction

“The Cubs Way: the zen of building the best team in baseball and breaking the curse,” by Tom Verducci

Sports Illustrated writer and Fox Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions. How did a team composed of unknown young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Verducci tells the story of the Cubs’ transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball beginning with Epstein’s first year with the team in 2011. Leading the organization with a manual called “The Cubs Way,” Epstein focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics. Manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, encouraged themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team. Maddon mixed new age thinking with old school leadership to help his players find their edge.