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October Staff Picks: The Spy; Truly Madly Guilty; Girls in the Moon; and Who Could That Be at This Hour

Treat yourself to these books and movies that library staff members have been enjoying recently.


Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

By Liane Moriarty

A busy couple formerly on the brink of realizing their dreams reflects on a fortuitous gathering with their best friends and another couple, in a tale that explores the role of guilt in relationships and the power of everyday moments in family life.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library.


People Who Eat Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness

By Richard Lloyd Parry

Looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library.


Girls in the Moon

Girls in the Moon

By Janet McNally

Tired of the half-truths surrounding her famous family’s past, Phoebe visits her indie-rock darling sister Luna to see how she fits into a family of storytellers.

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library.


A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

By Patrick Ness

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill—an ancient creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library.


Who Could That Be at This Hour

Who Could That Be at This Hour

By Lemony Snicket

Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain’d By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

Recommended by Kim, Beavercreek Community Library.


A Murder in Time

A Murder in Time

By Julie McElwain

While attempting to flee an assassin, Kendra Donovan, a rising star at the FBI, inadvertently travels back to 1815 and becomes involved in discovering the identity of a vicious serial killer, without the benefit of her 21st century tools.

Recommended by Lindy, Xenia Community Library.


Born a Crime

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah

The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today’s world.

Recommended by Greg, Community Information. "The comedian’s memoir of growing up in South Africa during and after apartheid is often hilarious, like when he describes the lengths he would go to as a five-year-old to avoid using a terrifying outhouse. It’s also beautifully uplifting, thanks to his relationship with his fierce and forward-thinking mother, whose toughness could be infuriating but who gave him the tools he needed to successfully navigate the complexities of a dangerous world."


Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

By Tony Horwitz

A journalist leads readers on a revealing journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.

Recommended by Caitlin, Greene County Room. "Though this book was written in 1998, I decided that it might be a timely read—and I was not disappointed. Horwitz combines his own childhood fascination about the Civil War with a journalist's candor in relating his adventures across the American South. His journey is just as entertaining as it is eye-opening."


A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

Directed by Amma Asante

Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

Recommended by Brenda.


The Spy

The Spy

By Paulo Coelho

A tale inspired by the life and death of Mata Hari is presented as a series of letters written from prison on the eve of her death and includes her reflections on her childhood in a small Dutch town, her unhappy years as the wife of an alcoholic diplomat, her rise to celebrity in Europe and the choices that led to her execution for espionage.

Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library.


The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale

By Pam Jenoff

Cast out after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby, 16-year-old Noa snatches a Jewish infant bound for a concentration camp before passing herself off as a circus performer and inciting the wrath of rival aerialist, Astrid.

Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library. "For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale–I couldn’t put this down."



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