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September staff picks: Girl, Stolen and Kafka on the Shore

These recommendations from Greene County Public Library staff members are perfect to enjoy while watching leaves fall or sipping cider. (Although pumpkin spice has not been embedded in the spines… yet.)


The Hypnotist's Love Story

The Hypnotist's Love Story

By Liane Moriarty

Pursuing what she hopes will be a positive relationship with new boyfriend Patrick, hypnotherapist Ellen learns that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, a situation that Ellen finds professionally fascinating before discovering the woman’s identity.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library.


Girl, Stolen

Girl, Stolen

By April Henry

When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

Recommended by Kim, Beavercreek Community Library.


Riverdale

Riverdale

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small-town life, and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Recommended by Elizabeth. "I was obsessed with the Archie comics when I was younger, so I was excited to find that CW had its very own Archie show! Riverdale takes the world of Archie and turns it upside down. There are things that readers of the comics will see and think "What?!" Archie comics never really had a plot—they were all just fun comic strips—so the plot of Riverdale is that somebody murdered Jason Blossom (Cheryl Blossom's brother)—who did it?"


Still a Gorilla

Still a Gorilla

By Kim Norman

Silly Willy the little gorilla imitates other animals at the zoo, including a lion, a walrus, a billy goat, an alligator, and a kangaroo, before deciding to just be himself.

Recommended by Tim, Beavercreek Community Library. "Totally adorable picture book about a gorilla identity crisis."


Roller Girl

Roller Girl

By Victoria Jamieson

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Recommended by Emily, Beavercreek Community Library.


Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore

By Haruki Murakami

An unlikely alliance forms between Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, and the aging Nakata, a man who has never recovered from a wartime affliction, as they embark on a surreal odyssey through a strange, fantastical world.

Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library.


Human Acts

Human Acts

By Han Kang

An award-winning, controversial best-seller from South Korea follows the aftermath of a young boy’s shocking death during a violent student uprising as told from the perspectives of the event’s victims and their loved ones.

Recommended by Jessica, Fairborn Community Library.


The Alice Network

The Alice Network

By Kate Quinn

In 1947, pregnant Charlie St. Clair, an American college girl banished from her family, arrives in London to find out what happened to her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, and meets a former spy who, torn apart by betrayal, agrees to help her on her mission.

Recommended by Erin, Cedarville Community Library. "This book follows the lives of two young women. Charlie is a young girl living in 1947, determined to find her cousin who disappeared during WWII. Eve is working as a spy during 1915. Each woman's story is interesting in itself, but when the stories intersect, you won't be able to put the book down!"


The Soloist

The Soloist

By Steve Lopez

A portrait of gifted violinist Nathaniel Ayers traces his education at Juilliard, his struggles with schizophrenia, the factors that led to his homelessness in Los Angeles, his friendship with the author, and the author’s efforts to improve the musician’s life.

Recommended by Dora, Fairborn Community Library. "I am thoroughly enjoying reading this biography of Nathaniel Ayers. It is about a talented Cleveland, Ohio musician who suffers from schizophrenia and has been found homeless in Los Angeles. It is a good read."


The You I've Never Known

The You I've Never Known

By Ellen Hopkins

A novel in both verse and prose follows the struggles of a girl who longs for a permanent home after years spent moving with her nomadic father, a situation that is shaped by a special friend and daunting revelations about the mother who abandoned her.

Recommended by Lindy, Xenia Community Library.


Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders

At the dawn of the Civil War, and after the death of his eleven-year-old son, President Lincoln experiences a night of solitary mourning and reflection.

Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library. " I listened to Lincoln in the Bardo and it was so well written! I would recommend it on audiobook but do have to say that there is a lot of language and graphic descriptions that would put off some people. There are 166 narrators in this audiobook, bringing alive the night Abraham Lincoln laid to rest his beloved son Willie in stellar fashion."


Eating Animals

Eating Animals

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Exposes common misconceptions about how animals are slaughtered and processed for food, drawing on sources from ranging from popular culture to national tradition to reveal how the meat industry misrepresents its practices.

Recommended by Nora, Fairborn Community Library.



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