Off the Shelves – August 2


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

“Frankenstein in Bagdad,” by Ahmed Saadawi

From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi — a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café — collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them the proper burial they deserve. But when the corpse goes missing, and a wave of murders sweep the city, reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal whom, even when shot, cannot be killed. Hadi soon realizes he’s created a monster that needs human flesh to survive, first from the guilty and then from anyone in its path. “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, captures the surreal horror and black humor of contemporary Iraq.

Adult Nonfiction

“Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border,” by John Moore

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For a decade John Moore has focused on the issue of undocumented immigration to the United States. His images are set apart by his access to immigrants during their journey and to U.S. federal agents tasked with deterring them. Moore has photographed the entire length of the U.S. southern border and traveled extensively through Central America and Mexico, as well as to many immigrant communities in the United States. His work includes rare imagery of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, mass deportations and the resulting widespread fear in the immigrant community. For its broad scope and rigorous journalism, “Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border” is an essential record on the prevailing U.S. domestic topic of immigration and border security.