Off the Shelves – November 5


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


“No One Needs to Know” by Kevin O’Brien

After killing a stalker who broke into her home, young widow Laurie Trotter takes her baby son and moves to Seattle, where she hopes to lay low and start over again. However, the dead man’s brother, a charismatic sociopath with a family of followers, is bent on revenge. Laurie’s first job in Seattle is in a food truck that provides catering to a film production crew. The movie is based on the real-life 1970 murders of an actress, her husband, and their baby’s nanny — and all the actual locales are being used. The “cursed” film is plagued with on-the-set accidents and bizarre deaths. It’s hardly the place for Laurie to lay low.


“Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life” by Mark Goulston

We all know people who seem to be irrational. No matter how hard you try to reason with them, it never works. So what’s the solution? How do you talk to someone who’s out of control? What can you do with a boss who bullies, a spouse who yells or a friend who frequently bursts into tears? According to psychiatrist Goulston, the key to handling irrational people is to learn to lean into the crazy — to empathize with it to change the dynamic and transform yourself from a threat into an ally. “Talking to Crazy” offers an explanation on why people act the way they do and how instinctive responses can exacerbate the situation. It offers techniques on what to do instead including Time Travel, the Fish-bowl and the Belly Roll. You can’t reason with unreasonable people, but you can reach them. This book shows you how.


“The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation” by Melissa Rivers

Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time. If you think Joan said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian, you won’t believe what she said and did in private. Her love for her daughter knew no bounds or boundaries, apparently. Melissa shares stories, one-liners and life lessons from growing up in the Rosenberg-Rivers household with a family that Melissa describes as more Addams than Cleaver. And at the center of it all was a tiny blond force of nature. In “The Book of Joan,” Melissa Rivers relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers Valium one of the four basic food groups.