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Staff Picks May 2018, including Her Right Foot and Escape from Syria

Reading season is just heating up, and here are some of the books our staff have read and loved. Try one (or all) of them for yourself!


Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

By Kathleen Rooney

Embarking on a walk across the unsafe landscape of Manhattan on New Year’s Eve in 1984, 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish recalls her long and eventful life, which included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, whose career was cut short by marriage and loss.

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library


Things We Have in Common

Things We Have in Common

By Tasha Kavanagh

A high school misfit who desperately wants to fit in notices a strange, sinister-looking man stalking the most popular girl in the school, and develops a relationship with him despite her resolution to use him to become a hero.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

By Karen Russell

A collection of stories features a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe, and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library


Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Recommended by Karla, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library: "A funny heist movie."


Ready Player One

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir.

Recommended by Karla, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library


Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot

By Dave Eggers

A seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue reveals the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.

Recommended by Abigale, Cedarville Community Library: "This book is extremely informational and takes a very touching twist towards the end. Many facts I did not know about our lovely lady and the message she stands for."


The Alice Network

The Alice Network

By Kate Quinn

When pregnant American student Charlie St. Clair is banished to Europe by her family to have her baby, she takes the opportunity to head for London to find her missing French cousin and teams up with Eve, a former spy from the Alice Network, to solve the mystery.

Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library: "Highlighting the women's spy network in Europe during the Great War, this book grabs your attention and is page-turning until the end."


Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

By Lisa Wingate

Learning that her grandmother was a victim of the corrupt Tennessee Children’s Home Society, attorney and aspiring politician Avery Stafford delves into her family’s past and begins to wonder if some things are best kept secret.

Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library: "Heartbreaking but important, this novel shares a true story of the unthinkable that happened in America."


A Treacherous Curse

A Treacherous Curse

By Deanna Raybourn

When the enigmatic Stoker’s former expedition partner goes missing from an archaeological dig with a priceless Egyptian diadem, Victorian adventurer Veronica Speedwell investigates mishaps that have plagued the expedition as well as malevolent enemies that threaten Stoker’s career.

Recommended by Keesha, Xenia Community Library


Something Like Happy

Something Like Happy

By Eva Woods

Thirty-five-year-old Annie Hebden is stuck in a rut until her bubbly new friend, Polly Leonard, challenges her to try a new way to be happy each day for one hundred days.

Recommended by a staff member, Beavercreek Community Library: "Experience the final 100 days of a very likable terminal patient. The author draws on her personal experience of surviving divorce and cancer. Woods says, 'It's still possible to find hope, laughter, and love in the worst of circumstances.' "


Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes

Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes

By Andy Niekamp

When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy ‘Captain Blue’ Niekamp decided to hike the Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life.

Recommended by Brenda: "This was a very enjoyable read, based on the author’s daily blog posts written during his thru-hike of the Buckeye Trail in 2011. I learned a lot about the trail itself, about long distance hiking, and some surprising things about Ohio. The author is a Dayton area native, and is the founder of Dayton Hikers."


Escape from Syria

Escape from Syria

By Samya Kullab

A fictionalized account of a family fleeing war-torn Syria after their home in Aleppo is destroyed. They endure wretched refugee camps, ocean crossings, swindlers—all to find safety in the West.

Recommended by Brenda: "An excellent overview of the situation in Syria, told in graphic novel format from the perspective of a fictional young girl named Amina and her family. In the introduction, the author states that she hopes 'The story of Amina and her family educates and inspires readers, but mostly, I hope it humanizes this real-life nightmare.'  For me, this book did exactly that."


The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

By Jennifer Ryan

Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.

Recommended by JoEllen, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library



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