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Victoria, The Dollhouse, The Family, and Hidden Figures: The MovieThe long days of June are perfect for reading books, watching movies, and listening to music. Try one of these recommendations from Greene County Public Library staff members.


The Shack

The Shack

By Stuart Hazeldine

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”

Recommended by Judi, Outreach Services: "A broken man learns more than he ever thought he would, and it will captivate your heart. Have the tissues handy! Read the book by William Young, too!"


You

You

By Caroline Kepnes

Meeting at an East Village bookstore, aspiring writer Guinevere Beck and store employee Joe embark on an intimate relationship. However, they suffer deadly consequences when their passion spirals out of control.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


Victoria

Victoria

By Daisy Goodwin

With prominent men doubting her ability to rule and little preparation to serve as monarch, a young Queen Victoria finds the confidence to rule with help from Prime Minister Lord Melbourne.

Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library: "This novel draws on Queen Victoria's diaries to take the reader from the early days of her reign through her introduction to her husband, Albert, with all of the challenge and controversy in between. If you haven’t seen the PBS drama based on this book, make sure you read this first!"


Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

By Frank Pavich

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s determined but ultimately ill-fated film adaptation of the influential science fiction novel.

Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services


Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1

Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1

By Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis

Fred. Daphne. Velma. Shaggy. Scooby-Doo. Roaming the globe in their lime-green Mystery Machine, they’ve solved countless crimes and debunked dozens of sketchy supernatural shenanigans. But what if the horror was real?

Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But Madame Satan, a foe from her family’s past, has arrived in Greendale, and she has her own deadly agenda.

Recommended by Cameron, Bookmobile: "Who knew such a dark, twisted story could come from Archie Comics? Just a forewarning: Do not go into this expecting the Melissa Joan Hart TV show of the 90s. This is much different. What we have here is a spooky, atmospheric take on Sabrina with beautiful artwork by Robert Hack. A must for all horror-comic fans!" Available through Hoopla.


The Family

The Family

By Luc Besson

A Mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after snitching on the mob. Despite Agent Stansfield’s best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake and his family can’t help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the “family” way.

Recommended by Tim, Beavercreek Community Library: "Funny gangster movie starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer about a family in the witness protection system still hunted by the mob—and indulging in their own old habits of moblike behavior."


The Dollhouse

The Dollhouse

By Fiona Davis

A plain, self-conscious secretarial school student arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952 and is instantly rendered a misfit. She befriends a hotel maid, who introduces her to the city’s jazz and drug counterculture. She also gets involved in a deadly skirmish that reverberates half a century later in the life of an obsessed journalist.

Recommended by Dora: "One resident of the Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York City has lived there since 1952. She has quite a story, both in the past and the present. If you like reading split-time novels this is your book. If not, it is a good story, so try it anyway."


A History of the Indians of the United States

A History of the Indians of the United States

By Angie Debo

Traces the history of the American Indians as a distinct social and cultural group in the United States, providing the basis for a critical reappraisal of government Indian policy.

Recommended by Caitlin, Greene County Room: "Angie Debo's extensive survey is essentially an introduction to the many specialized works of history on the American Indians. It focuses on the effects of European expansion and conflict. I especially appreciated the section on Native American involvement in—or intentional avoidance of—the U.S. Civil War, a subject that isn't commonly explored."


When

When

By Victoria Laurie

Maddie Flynn can see the death dates of everyone she meets and sees on television and in photographs. When she predicts the death of a young boy, she finds herself at the center of the FBI’s investigation.

Recommended by a staff member, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library: "A mystery that keeps you turning the pages and guessing who is next."


Hidden Figures: The Album

Hidden Figures: The Album

By Pharrell Williams

The soundtrack to the 2016 film Hidden Figures includes contemporary production touches, but everything is based in ’60s pop-soul. It’s a consistently upbeat and positive sound with bobbing horn charts, finger snaps, and gospel-style refrains galore. Lalah Hathaway, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Kim Burrell, and film co-star Janelle Monáe perform lead or duet vocals on six of the ten songs.

Recommended by Brenda: "Whether you saw the Hidden Figures movie or not, this is an enjoyable CD. Some of the songs have a very 1960s Motown vibe, but Pharrell Williams' signature style is also present throughout. The CD is great; the movie is even better."


Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley's Secret

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Lady Audley, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past, serves as a commentary on the rise of the middle class and the consumer culture. Her fate reflects the public’s fascination with psychological theories about the nature of identity and the definition of madness.

Recommended by Lindy, Xenia Community Library: "Classic Victorian fiction."



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