Off the Shelves – May 17

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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

“Gun Love,” by Jennifer Clement

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“Gun Love” is the story of a tough but optimistic young woman growing up in contemporary America, in the midst of its harrowing love affair with firearms. Pearl’s mother took her away from her family just weeks after she was born, and drove off to central Florida determined to begin a new life for herself and her daughter — in a parking lot next to a trailer park. Pearl grew up in the front seat of their ‘94 Mercury, while her mother lived in the back. Despite their hardships, mother and daughter both adjusted to life, making friends with the residents of the trailers and creating a deep connection to each other. All around them, Florida is populated with gun owners–those hunting alligators for sport, those who want to protect their families, and those who create a sense of danger.

Adult Nonfiction

“The Woman’s Hour,” by Elaine Weiss

While 35 states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is all that is needed. It comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates and a lot of racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis” — women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in during a hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniels and the Bible. “The Woman’s Hour” is the story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great 20th-century battles for civil rights.