Off the Shelves – February 22

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

“The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard” by David A. Goodman

Television writer David A. Goodman, who authored “The Autobiography of James T. Kirk,” (fictional captain of the Starship Enterprise) now authors “The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard.” Picard was captain of the Enterprise (and on television in “Star Trek: the Next Generation”) from 1987 through 1994. Within its pages, Goodman tells the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history: his life, career, court martials, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise.

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Adult Nonfiction

“American Witness: the Art and Life of Robert Frank” by R. J. Smith

Born and raised in wartime Switzerland, photographer Robert Frank discovered the power and allure of photography at an early age and quickly learned that the art meant significantly more to him than the money, success or fame. “American Witness” is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man whom, in 1947 moved to America and found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the ’50s and ’60s. He was friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg to actor Zero Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning and Bob Dylan. Frank roamed the country with his young family, taking about 27,000 photographs and collecting 83 of them into what is still his most famous work: “The Americans.” His was an America nobody had seen before, but the collection gradually grew to be recognized as a transformative American vision. And then he turned his back on success and gave up photography to reinvent himself as a film and video maker, creating a legendary film with the Rolling Stones.