Off the Shelves – March 15

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 hcplibrary.org.

Adult Fiction

“Fresh Complaint: stories” by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Jeffrey Eugenides’ bestselling novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love and what it means to be American in our times. The stories in “Fresh Complaint” range from the reproductive antics of “Baster” to the account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail,” the collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people’s wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art fail to materialize under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in “Fresh Complaint,” a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family leads her to a drastic decision.

Adult Nonfiction

“Wayne and Ford” by Nancy Schoenberger

For more than 20 years director John Ford and actor John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was the son of Irish immigrants and renowned as a director for his craftsmanship and his brutality. John “Duke” Wayne began his career as a stagehand and bit player in “B” Westerns, but in his rugged good looks, Ford saw potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in “Stagecoach,” and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: “Rio Grande,” “The Quiet Man,” “The Searchers,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” But by 1960 the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor to solo projects. Few of Wayne’s subsequent films would have the brilliance of a John Ford Western, but the careers of these two men changed moviemaking in ways that endure to this day.