Reviews by librarians Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein, and Heather Timko, Adult Services Division, Strongsville Branch Library.
It’s a new month, and here is a new round of great new books for your reading enjoyment. Check out these and many more books next time you stop in to visit your local library.
The Accomplice: a Novel By Charles Robbins, September 2012, 356 pages.
Still upset over his role in an embarrassing failed gubernatorial campaign, ambitious young politician Henry Hatten lands a lucky job as a communications director for a senator's presidential campaign. He finds himself embroiled in brutal dealings that make him question his sense of morality. With the presidential election soon upon us, this is an excellent debut novel to check out. Fans of political thrillers will want to pick-up this book written by political writer and Washington insider Robbins.
The Middlesteins By Jami Attenberg, October 2012, 288 pages.
This compulsively readable novel is told from alternating viewpoints, and chronicles a dysfunctional Jewish American family, revolving around the matriarch, who is eating herself to death. This funny and bittersweet read is reminiscent of Jonathan Tropper.
The Round House: a Novel By Louise Erdrich, October 2012, 321 pages.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 13-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. This coming of age story is already being dubbed as a Native American To Kill a Mockingbird. Fans of Harper Lee’s classic will enjoy this new novel.