Off the Shelves – October 11

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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

“Side Life,” by Steve Toutonghi

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Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur forced out of the software company he started, takes a job house-sitting in an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one he finds a woman in a state of suspended animation. There is also a dog-eared notebook filled with circuit diagrams, intricate drawings of body parts and pages of code. When Vin decides to enter one of the caskets himself, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a journey that raises fundamental questions about reality, free will and the meaning of a human life.

Adult Nonfiction

“Twilight of the Gods,” by Steven Hyden

The author of the critically acclaimed “Your Favorite Band is Killing Me” offers an exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had on society and what its loss would mean to an industry, a culture and a way of life. Since the late 1960s, a cadre of artists — including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath and the Who — has revolutionized popular culture and the sounds of our lives. While their songs still get airtime and some of these bands continue to tour, its idols are leaving the stage permanently. Can classic rock remain relevant as these legends die off, or will this major musical subculture fade away? In this mix of memoir, criticism and journalism, Hyden travels to the eclectic places where geriatric rockers are still making music and talks to the artists and fans that have aged with them. He explores how classic rock changed the culture, investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio and turns to tell-all rock biographies and rock album liner notes to tell the story of the music, the meaning and how it will be remembered.