Off the Shelves – February 8

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 hcplibrary.org.

Adult Fiction

“You’ll Never Know, Dear,” by Hallie Ephron

Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her 4-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey’s precious doll — and Janey — were gone. Forty years later, Lis — now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own — still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, their mother places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day — a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll — offering a generous cash reward for its return. For years, there’s been no response. But this year, the doll came home. It is the first clue in a decades-old mystery. Someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago.

Adult Nonfiction

“Fifty Years of ’60 Minutes,’” by Jeff Fager

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From its inception in 1968, “60 Minutes” has profiled every major leader, artist and movement of the past five decades, from sit-downs with Richard Nixon in 1968 (in which he promised “to restore respect to the presidency”) and Bill Clinton in 1992 (after the first revelations of infidelity) to landmark investigations into the tobacco industry, Lance Armstrong’s doping and the torture of prisoners in Abu-Ghraib. Executive producer Jeff Fager takes readers into the editing room with the show’s correspondents, including Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper, Scott Pelley and Steve Kroft. He details the decades of human drama that have made the show’s success possible: the ferocious (and encouraged) competition between correspondents, the door slamming, the risk-taking and the pranks. Fager takes on the program’s mistakes and describes what it learned from them. Above all, he reveals the essential tenets that have never changed: why founder Don Hewitt believed “hearing” a story is more important than seeing it, why the “small picture” is the best way to illuminate a larger one, and why the most memorable stories are almost always those with a human being at the center.