Great Summer Reads from the Strongsville Library
Try these novels while you're enjoying your deck
Looking for a great book to read this summer? Why not try one of these new titles for your reading enjoyment? Happy reading!
The House of Velvet and Glass By Katherine Howe, April 2012, 417 pages.
Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball. Her Boston family shattered by the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl attempts to contact her departed loved ones at a medium's table before reconnecting with former flame Ben, with whom she tackles a harrowing mystery. Fans of historical fiction and family drama will enjoy this book.
The Red Book By Deborah Copaken Kogan, April 2012, 347 pages.
Clover, Addison, Mia and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Like all Harvard grads, they’ve kept abreast of one another via the red book, a class report published every five years, containing brief autobiographical essays by fellow alumni. But there’s the story they tell the world, and then there’s the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their 20th reunion weekend, when they arrive with their families, their histories, their dashed dreams and their secret yearnings to a relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend. Try this book if you enjoy books by Barbara Delinsky or Rebecca Wells.
The Red House By Mark Haddon, June 2012, 272 pages.
This is a tale told from rotating viewpoints, and traces seven days of bitterly comic family dynamics and confrontation when a wealthy doctor invites his estranged sister's family to join his newly blended one at a vacation home in the English countryside. This book is a dazzling inventive new novel that illuminates the puzzle of family in a profoundly empathetic manner – a novel sure to entrance the millions of readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Reviews brought to you each week by librarians Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein and Heather Timko , Adult Services Division , Strongsville Branch Library.