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The Gracekeepers, Slacker, and Another Place at the Table

Spring into these books and movies that Greene County Public Library staff members count among their recent favorites.


A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts

By Paul Tremblay

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of what at first seems to be acute schizophrenia, a condition which only gets worse, leading them to believe it’s actually demonic possession, as they become the center of a reality TV show.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


The Gracekeepers

The Gracekeepers

By Kirsty Logan

A shoreside burial coordinator who lives in self-enforced exile as penance for a long-ago mistake and a performer with a floating circus face unexpected life changes and new opportunities in the wake of an offshore storm.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


Slacker

Slacker

By Gordon Korman

Cameron creates a community service group as a diversion to fool his parents so he can keep playing video games all day, but his plan goes awry when students express interest in the club and he is forced to take real action.

Recommended by a staff member, Xenia Community Library


Chime

Chime

By Franny Billingsley

Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Recommended by Liz, Xenia Community Library: "I actually reread this book and it's going to be used for a book club in Fairborn, but this is great for 8th graders up to adults. Franny writes in such an enchanting way (although maybe her writing will come off as strange to others). If you like romance, mystery, and the supernatural, I'd give this book a go."


Another Place at the Table

Another Place at the Table

By Kathy Harrison

A foster mom and co-recipient of the Goldie Foster Award describes her experiences with three troubled children whose traumatic experiences caused them to act out in dangerous ways.

Recommended by Sarah, Xenia Community Library: "A well-woven, heart-wrenching memoir that opens the eyes and urges one to make a difference."


Holding up the Universe

Holding up the Universe

By Jennifer Niven

Struggling to pick up the pieces of her life after her mother’s death and ostracized by her peers because of her weight, Libby is tangled up in a cruel high school game with a charismatic boy whose disability prevents him from recognizing faces.

Recommended by Kim, Beavercreek Community Library


Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure

By Ryan North

A choose-your-own-path adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic imagines riotous “what if” scenarios, inviting readers to explore the alternate stories of the star-crossed lovers as they fall for other partners, pursue unconventional interests, and team up to take over Verona in robot suits.

Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services


Angel Catbird, Vol. 1

Angel Catbird, Vol. 1

By Margaret Atwood

On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl.

Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services


Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility

By Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a Greenwich Village jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults witty Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well and a single-minded widow.

Recommended by JoEllen, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library: "A literate, poignant snapshot of life in 1937 New York."


Dark Horse

Dark Horse

Directed by Louise Osmond

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse.

Recommended by Brenda: "Villagers in Wales come together to own a championship racehorse. For anyone who loves a great horse story!"


Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

Directed by Ken Burns & Atremis Joukowsky III

Examines the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, two Americans who committed to running relief and rescue missions in Europe during World War II.

Recommended by Brenda: "An inspiring documentary by the filmmaker Ken Burns."


The Book That Matters Most

The Book That Matters Most

By Ann Hood

Joining a reading group in the wake of a failed marriage, Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood that helped her through past difficulties, while her troubled daughter, Maggie, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man in Paris.

Recommended by Dora, Fairborn Community Library: "The main character, Ava, decides to join her friend's book discussion group after her 25 year marriage ends. For the new year each of the members will read a book selected by one of the members that is deemed the book that mattered the most in their lives. The selections are mostly titles we know, some I have read and loved. These monthly meetings provide the skeleton upon which Ava builds a new life for herself while learning about her immediate family members, and why the book she has selected has such profound significance for her. This is the book I have been looking for as I have read, read, and read books this year."



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