As we approach the dog days of summer, try one of these recommendations from Greene County Public Library staff members. We don’t think you’ll find them ruff.
By Gil Adamson
Fleeing the law in 1903 after killing her husband, Mary Boulton races toward the mountains while being tormented by visions about the cold-blooded brothers-in-law who pursue her, a situation that forces her to retreat deeper into the wilds of the West and her own imagination.
Recommended by JoEllen, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library: "This is an adventure and survival story, poetically written. Not to be confused with the time travel novel of the same name!"
By Andrew Hilleman
A fictional account of the life of Pat Crowe, describing how in 1900 he kidnapped the teenage son of a wealthy meatpacking tycoon in the name of economic justice, and led authorities on a national manhunt—making him both an outlaw and a legend.
Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services
By Lauren Wolk
Growing up in a rural Pennsylvania town in the aftermath of two world wars, Annabelle confronts a violent new bully and must defend a traumatized World War I veteran who is wrongly implicated in the bully’s disappearance.
Recommended by Anjanette, Beavercreek Community Library: "This story has a strong historical background and a lot of suspense. It was a Newbery Honor book and holds a special place in our children's collection, but I recommend it to teens and adults as well."
By Run the Jewels
Fourteen new tracks from the superduo of rappers EI-P and Killer Mike.
Recommended by Elizabeth: "If you've never heard Run the Jewels, you need to. They combine unique beats with insane raps. I enjoyed pretty much every song on this album."
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
A young woman named Sophie flees to the moving castle of a notorious wizard named Howl after she is cursed to look old beyond her years. While at the castle she falls in love with Howl, who can see Sophie’s true self despite the curse.
Recommended by Elizabeth: "I can't believe I just now saw this movie. This movie follows the journey of Howl, a young wizard, and Sophie, a young woman who is cursed by a witch to look like an old woman. Sophie ends up living with Howl, earning her keep as his housekeeper. Howl is part of a war and both the wizard and Sophie must deal with the repercussions. This movie features beautiful scenery, inner struggles, battles, and romance. I don't want to spoil anything so just watch it instead! It was made by Studio Ghibli, which is known for movies like Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service."
By Cormac McCarthy
When he stumbles upon a bloody massacre, a cache of heroin, and more than two million in cash during a hunting trip, Llewelyn Moss removes the money, a decision that draws him and his young wife into the middle of a violent confrontation.
Recommended by Rick, Fairborn Community Library
By Sue Monk Kidd
After her “stand-in mother,” a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library
By Billy Collins
A poetry collection by the former poet laureate includes more than forty new works and offers insight into the writer’s use of generosity themes, playful language, and insightful reflection.
Recommended by Ann, Fairborn Community Library: "In this recent collection of poems, the recent Poet Laureate extends his wise and playful musings about notions mundane and magnificent. Reading Collins’ poems is like hanging out with my smarter soulmate."
By Kerry Lord
With just two weeks to go before baby Edward’s due date, yarn enthusiast Kerry Lord picked up a crochet hook for the first time and a new obsession began. Over the next 12 months, she created a collection of crochet animals made from 40 unique patterns.
Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library: "Once you master working in the round, you can make these adorable animals. Each pattern works off a standard head, body, and legs in several different sizes. I added these to my repertoire for the babies and kids I know."
By Marie Benedict
A tale inspired by the extraordinary first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of a solitary female physics student at an elite late-19th-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.
Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library: "Although a fictional account of Albert Einstein and Mitza Mari's relationship, this book will make you think about women and their contributions to science and society and how things are so very different today."
By Alexandra Horowitz
A psychologist and aficionado offers insight into the canine mind, drawing on current cognitive research to illuminate a dog’s perceptual abilities and the experiences that shape dog behavior, in a report that also shares stories about the author’s relationship with her canine friend, Pumpernickel.
Recommended by Nora, Fairborn Community Library
By Ruta Sepetys
Frantically racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia, Alfred, and Florian meet aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff and are forced to trust each other in order to survive.
Recommended by Elaine, Beavercreek Community Library: "The fictionalized story is about a little known historical event of titanic proportions during World War 2. Two female and two male narrators make this young adult work particularly interesting. I really enjoyed the audiobook format, especially because I could hear the 4 different characters in their native accents."