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Some Luck and Arrow

Staying cozy inside? Curl up with some of our staff members’ favorite books, music, and TV shows.


Some Luck

Some Luck

By Jane Smiley

Follows the triumphs and tragedies of Rosanna and Walter Langdon and their five children on their Iowa farm from 1920 through the early 1950s.

Recommended by Amy, Resource Sharing: "I listened to Jane Smiley’s first installment in her 'Millennial' series, Some Luck, and liked it so much I downloaded the next two books, Early Warning and Golden Age.  The books are beautifully narrated, though I’m sure they are fine to just read as well."


Moloka'i

Moloka'i

By Alan Brennert

Dreaming of far-off lands away from her loving 1890s Honolulu home, seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her reentry into the world.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

By Courtney Barnett

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library


Arrow

Arrow

After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, Oliver returns to Starling City a new man—determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who’ve corrupted his city. But Oliver finds his crusade complicated by his friends and family who are all affected by his return.

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library


The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

By Sonny Liew

Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the greatest comic book artist you’ve probably never heard of. When he started making comics in Singapore as a boy of 16 in 1954, Chan expected fame and fortune to quickly follow. But just as Singapore’s road to independence would be full of twists and turns, so too would Chan’s own journey as an artist. Splicing together a dizzying array of art styles, genres and forms, Sonny Liew’s multilayered graphic novel is a celebration of life, comics and storytelling.

Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services


Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

By Joshua Foer, Dyland Thuras & Ella Morton

Offers a tour of the world’s most unique and amazing places, highlighting natural wonders, weird and magical structures, and mind-boggling events from around the globe, from New Zealand to Turkmenistan to Virginia.

Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services


The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

By Drew Daywalt

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Recommended by Liz, Xenia Community Library: "I had heard people talking about this, but had never read it until now. This book is hilarious. This is a great book for those in kindergarten (and apparently adults). It's about a boy named Duncan who receives a bunch of letters from his crayons! I highly recommend this because not only is it a fun book, but it's also educational because it can teach children how to write letters."


Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Directed by Shubei Morita

Having survived an attack by a ghoul, a college student discovers that he has turned into a part-ghoul himself and now needs to learn to live with his new identity.

Recommended by Liz, Xenia Community Library: "All Kaneki wants is a date, but instead what he gets is an organ transplant. What's bad about his organ transplant is that the donor was a ghoul. Now Kaneki is half-human, half-ghoul and must battle between the need to do good and the need to feed on humans. This show is a little brutal, but it's so good."


Tuesday Nights in 1980

Tuesday Nights in 1980

By Molly Prentiss

An evocative, synesthetic art critic and an exiled Argentinian painter on the run from his country’s violence are brought together by respective tragedies, a small-town beauty and a mysterious orphan boy who helps them rediscover what they have lost.

Recommended by Dora, Fairborn Community Library: "I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the voice of one of the main characters. It was so different from any I have encountered, mostly because of a special gift he possessed. This is not an uplifting book overall, unusual in many respects, but I was really rooting for many of the characters."


The Book of Mysteries

The Book of Mysteries

By Jonathan Cahn

A traveler goes on a year-long journey with a man known only as “the teacher,” and absorbs a new teaching on spiritual truths for every day of the year.

Recommended by Judy, Outreach Services: "This book can change your life."


The Siren

The Siren

By Kiera Cass

Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.

Recommended by Kim, Beavercreek Community Library: "A fantastic page-turning read! I could not put this book down."


The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington

The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington

By Paul Lockhart

Dispelling long-believed myths, a renowned historian offers a thoughtful reassessment of the first major engagement of the American Revolution by intertwining two equally important stories—the creation of America’s first army and the rise of the man who led it, George Washington.

Recommended by Evan, Greene County Room



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