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Staff picks including Circling the Sun and Radio Free Vermont

June means summer and summer means vacations, road trips, and long, lazy days perfect for settling in with a good book. Here are a few staff suggestions to get your summer off to a good start!


Driving Miss Norma

Driving Miss Norma

By Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle

A full-length memoir based on the popular Facebook page of the same name chronicles the remarkable cross-country journey of the effervescent 90-year-old Miss Norma, who in the face of terminal illness embarked on a transformative road trip with her son, daughter-in-law and giant poodle.

Recommended by a library staff member, Xenia Community Library


I, Mammal

I, Mammal

By Liam Drew

Examines the biology, evolution, and traits of humans, exploring the anatomical and physiological attributes that makes mankind mammals and that ultimately separate people from other members of the same scientific class designation.

Recommended by Ann, Fairborn Community Library


The Chalk Pit

The Chalk Pit

By Elly Griffiths

Summoned to investigate a set of human remains discovered in one of Norwich’s chalk-mining tunnels, Ruth teams up with DCI Nelson to search for a missing homeless person whose demise may be tied to Ruth’s case and a string of murders.

Recommended by Keesha, Xenia Community Library


House of Leaves

House of Leaves

By Mark Danielewski

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries.

Recommended by Lauren, Xenia Community Library: "I've been reading this for months (it is not an easy read) and it is both terrifying and a beautiful love story."


Blue Neighbourhood

Blue Neighbourhood

By Troye Sivan

After releasing his Wild EP, which debuted at number five on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Troye Sivan delivers his highly anticipated debut album. Along with the single “Fools”, the album includes appearances by Betty Who and Broods.

Recommended by Abigale, Cedarville Community Library: "This album is a great example of one that I picked up for one song and was gifted with ten gems! I’ve had each of these songs stuck in my head at some point in the past week. Troye's voice is so smooth and calming; just what I needed to start my summer!"


Finding Mighty

Finding Mighty

By Sheela Chari

Neighbors Myla and Peter join forces to find Peter’s runaway brother, Randall, and stumble onto the path of a gang with a history of theft and kidnapping, and with ties to the boys’ grandmother, who died under suspicious circumstances.

Recommended by Tim, Beavercreek Community Library: "A totally awesome realistic mystery for tweens and teens set in New York City. Myla and Peter search for Peter's older brother, who has vanished. The disappearance may have ties to a decades old mystery... and diamond thieves. It's urban without being 'street' or vulgar and references grafitti as art and the sport of parkour. Satisfying on every level."


The Boys in the Bunkhouse

The Boys in the Bunkhouse

By Dan Barry

In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near-servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Recommended by Amy, Resource Sharing: "Dan Barry chronicled the experiences of a group of mentally disabled men who worked for a turkey processor for most of their adult lives—earning little pay, no respect, and generally being treated with scorn and abuse. This work is an expansion of an article published originally in the New York Times and is the heartbreaking account of the lives the men lived and the hardships they endured until the sister of one of the men finally spurs action by contacting a Des Moines Register reporter."


Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

By Paula McLain

Raised by her father and the Kipsigis tribe in 1920s Kenya, Beryl endures painful losses before entering a passionate love triangle and discovering her unconventional true calling.

Recommended by Rajan, Community Information: "A fictionalized biography of the life of Beryl Markham in early 20th century Kenya. Raised by her father, a horse trainer, on a ranch north of Nairobi, Beryl grows up fiercely independent, caught between two cultures and ways of life. The story follows her through her adverturous childhood, her success as a horse trainer, her marriages and love affairs, and her record-setting flight as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Once you start reading, good luck putting it down."


Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

By Leigh Bardugo

Determined to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters, Diana throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law, risking exile, to save a mere mortal who is unwittingly fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library


Kiss Me First

Kiss Me First

By Lottie Moggach

Leila, a sheltered young misfit, discovers an online chat forum where she feels accepted and falls under the spell of the website’s charismatic founder, who entices her into assuming the stolen identity of a glamorous but desperate woman.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


Radio Free Vermont

Radio Free Vermont

By Bill McKibben

Broadcasting from a secret location with the help of a young computer prodigy, a septuagenarian radical and fugitive from the law leads an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare when they decide that their home state might be better off seceding from the United States.

Recommended by Dora, Fairborn Community Library: "This was a light, fun, well written and engaging novel about resisting small towns going big. Perfect for summer reading and earning library Summer Reading Program rewards."


The Last Mrs. Parrish

The Last Mrs. Parrish

By Liv Constantine

Tired of being a nobody who blends into the background, Amber Patterson worms her way into the lives of a wealthy golden couple from Connecticut as part of her plot to achieve a privileged life, unveiling dark secrets along the way.

Recommended by Erin, Cedarville Community Library: "This psychological thriller is perfect for readers who enjoyed Gone Girl and The Talented Mr. Ripley!"



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