Reviews by librarians Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein and Heather Timko , Adult Services Division , Strongsville Branch Library.
It is the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a good book. Stop in today to check-out these and other great new books.
Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures By Emma Straub, September 2012, 306 pages.
A Midwestern girl makes it big as a movie star. Decades pass, and she fades from the spotlight. Straub’s novel revels in the razzle-dazzle of Old Hollywood, but ultimately it’s a beautifully intimate portrait of a fascinating woman. Fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood will enjoy this fictionalization of that time period.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Matthew Dicks, August 2012, 313 pages.
Budo is the imaginary friend of an 8-year-old autistic boy named Max. As imaginary friends go, Budo is positively ancient, having been alive for five years. But Buda can’t stop thinking about the day when Max will stop believing and he will disappear. But before that, Max needs his help. Fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Room will love this captivating and original story.
The Roots of the Olive Tree By Courtney Miller Santo, August 2012, 308pages.
Five generations of women from the Keller family live on a secluded olive grove in Northern California. The oldest, Anna, is the matriarch of the family at 112 years old. When a geneticist arrives to study their unusual lifespan, the family is stunned by revelations and secrets that come to light. Told from different viewpoints, this debut novel is a compelling family drama and a must read.