As the weather warms up (we hope!), enjoy some of these recommendations from Greene County Public Library staff members.
By Peter Wohlleben
Up-to-date research and engaging forester stories reveal how trees nurture each other and communicate, outlining the life cycles of “tree families” that support mutual growth, share nutrients, and contribute to a resilient ecosystem.
Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services
By Lisa Scottoline
Named the guardian ad litem of a middle-school boy with emotional issues on whose behalf she is suing the Philadelphia school district, Mary DiNunzio is confronted by elite lawyer Nick Machiavelli and risks her engagement in her obsessive investment in the case.
Recommended by Anjanette, Beavercreek Community Library: "If you like a mystery without a lot of blood, Damaged was a great book. I listened to this on the way to and from work and could not wait to see what would happen next in the story."
By Atul Gawande
A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.
Recommended by Ann, Fairborn Community Library: "I recommend both the book and the Frontline documentary based on it. Dr. Gawande looks at the way modern medical practices affect end-of-life experiences for patients and families. He suggests approaches that increase peace, dignity and comfort."
By Amy Stewart
Living in virtual isolation years after the revelation of a painful family secret, Constance Kopp is terrorized by a belligerent silk factory owner and fights back in ways outside the norm for early twentieth-century women.
Recommended by Erin, Cedarville Community Library: "With a plot taken from historical newspapers, Amy Stewart tells the story of three sisters who try to defend themselves against a gang of thugs who are determined to take their family farm. These aren't your typical women of the early 1900s, so they fight back and vow to stay independent."
By Adam Silvera
After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, 16-year-old Aaron Soto is already considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.
Recommended by Elizabeth: "This is a book about a boy who is struggling with his father's suicide and the fact that he is gay. The book has a slight futuristic/sci-fi element in Leteo, both an institution and a procedure that people can go through to have certain memories erased or rewritten. Aaron Soto, the main character, gives readers hope, because even after all he's been through, he's willing to try to be more happy than not."
Directed by Mike Birbiglia
Friendships are tested when a member of a New York City improv group gets a huge break.
Recommended by Elizabeth: "This movie starring Mike Birbiglia and Keegan-Michael Key is an interesting look into the world of improv. The movie follows a group of people who are part of a popular improv group. The group begins to break apart once one of their members lands a prestigious television job. Despite all the group goes through, they still remain fast friends. As the movie makes clear, the key factor in improv is: Don't think twice."
By Caren Stelson
The story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki is told through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace.
Recommended by Brenda: "A very moving book."
By Rinker Buck
An epic account of the author’s two-thousand-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules, that discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the United States.
Recommended by Marianne, Technical Services: "I listened to the e-audio version, read by the author. In the summer of 2011, author Rinker Buck and his brother Nick hitched three mules to a modern-replica covered wagon and set out to recreate the 19th century pioneers’ journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. Bringing the story to life in his narration, Buck describes the brothers’ adventures as they trace the route of the old trail, which in many places is still visible."
By Ottessa Moshfegh
A collection of short stories features protagonists who stumble on their own base impulses in their unsettling and humorous pursuits of fulfillment.
Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library
By Caroline Leech
A farmer’s daughter pursues a forbidden relationship with a German POW assigned to farmhand labor in 1945 Scotland, where their romance puts her home and his freedom at risk.
Recommended by Mary, Xenia Community Library
By Neil Gaiman
A modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, sacrifice, and a family at the mercy of dark forces whose only defense is the three women who live on a farm at the end of the lane.
Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library
By Fredrik Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
Recommended by JoEllen, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library: "A thoroughly enjoyable read."