Off the Shelves – June 15



New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

The following items are available at Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit

Adult Fiction

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“The Fortunate Ones: A Novel” by Ellen Umansky

It is 1939 Vienna, and as the specter of war darkens Europe, Rose Zimmer’s parents are desperate. Unable to escape Austria, they secure passage for young Rose on a kindertransport and send her to live with strangers in England. When the war ends six years later, a grief-stricken Rose attempts to build a life for herself. Alone in London, she searches out a piece of her childhood: the Chaim Soutine painting her mother had cherished. Many years later, the painting turns up in America. In modern-day Los Angeles, Lizzie Goldstein has returned home for her father’s funeral. She carries a burden of guilt that cannot be displaced. As a teenager, Lizzie threw a party at her father’s house, and the Soutine painting that she loved and had been comforted by after her mother’s death was stolen and never recovered. This painting brings Lizzie and Rose together and ignites an unexpected friendship, eventually revealing long-held secrets that hold painful truths.

Adult Nonfiction

“Rise: How a House Built a Family,” by Cara Brookins

After esc-aping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible. Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan and determination, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children. It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two-story, five bedroom house.