Ride out April’s showers with these books and movies that Greene County Public Library staff members count among their recent favorites.
Directed by Jonathan Hock
A cast of baseball legends and scientists explore the magic within the 396 milliseconds it takes a fastball to reach home plate, and decipher who threw the fastest pitch ever.
Recommended by Evan, Greene County Room
By Liane Moriarty
An annual school trivia night ends in a disastrous riot leaving one parent dead—but what at first appears to be a tragic accident might have been premeditated.
Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library
By Chip & Joanna Gaines
The husband-and-wife stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper share the story of their life together and their success as entrepreneurs and television personalities.
Recommended by Sheryl, Technical Services: "If you’re at all a fan of Fixer Upper you’ll enjoy this look at their lives and how the show came to be. It was a quick, enjoyable read."
By Deanna Raybourn
Receiving a warning from a mysterious baron after suffering a home invasion, Veronica Speedwell accepts the baron’s shelter and teams up with an ill-tempered naturalist when her host is subsequently murdered.
Recommended by Erin, Cedarville Community Library: "Veronica Speedwell is a Victorian butterfly hunter, a career that seems pretty harmless, but at the beginning of this book, she is almost abducted and then gets swept up in a murder investigation. With the help of Stoker, a man who has promised to keep her safe, Veronica must solve the murder and understand her role in the whole mess. Veronica is a great character who bucks social norms all while displaying Sherlock Holmes-level wit and deduction."
By Sherry Thomas
Charlotte Holmes never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.
Recommended by Erin, Cedarville Community Library: "This story re-imagines the Sherlock Holmes narrative by placing women in the roles of Holmes and Watson. Charlotte Holmes feels out of place in her Victorian society due to her wit and powers of deduction. When her family is implicated in a murder, she assumes the name Sherlock Holmes and attempts to solve the crime."
By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
In a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, a teenage girl struggles to survive the trauma of war and a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power.
Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services
By Katrina Hill & Alex Langley
Filled with superheroes and grade-school heroines, psychotic villains and mythical creatures, tenderness and heartbreak, this guided tour of incredible stories reviews and comments on iconic superhero stories, coming-of-age tales, historical literature, modern drama, and everything in between.
Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services
By Donald Ray Pollock
On the sliver of land that divides Georgia from Alabama in 1917, dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons until their lives violently collide in dark and horrific ways with Ohio farmer Ellsworth Fiddler.
Recommended by Rick, Fairborn Community Library
By James S. A. Corey
After Captain Jim Holden discovers a derelict, abandoned spaceship, he unearths a secret that threatens to throw the entire solar system into war and a vast conspiracy that could mean the end of the human race.
Recommended by Tim, Beavercreek Community Library: "This is the awesome first book in the Expanse series, which is currently on book six, with three more on the way."
By Christina Baker Kline
This novel imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World, describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.
Recommended by Sharon, Outreach Services: "If you love art, New England, or historical fiction, you’ll love this book!"
Directed by Andrew Hayes
Queen Elizabeth II defines the role of a modern monarch. Follow her remarkable life, from her uncle Edward VIII’s stunning abdication and her father’s coronation as King George VI, the challenges of post-war reconstruction, and the difficult days after Princess Diana’s death.
Recommended by Brenda: "A great summary of Queen Elizabeth II's life with many of her own words. A good follow-up to binge-watching Netflix's The Crown."
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
When mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, linguist Louise Banks and a team of scientists race against time for answers. To find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Recommended by Elizabeth: "This is not a movie where aliens ruthlessly kill humans. It's a thought-provoking movie that teaches a lesson on the importance of communication and unity—and yes, I cried while watching it."