Book reviews by librarians Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein and Heather Timko Adult Services Division Strongsville Branch Library:
Fall in love with a new book this week! Here are our picks for new books that you must read. We hope you enjoy them.
The Casual Vacancy By J.K. Rowling, September 2012, 480 pages.
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils . . . Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.
Silver: Return to Treasure Island By Andrew Motion, August 2012, 288 pages.
This new novel writer by a former United Kingdom poet laureate is the swashbuckling continuation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Set twenty years later, the reader finds Natty, the daughter of Long John Silver, teaming up with Hawkins' son, Jim, on a dangerous voyage to the legendary island in search of their fathers' hidden treasure. Modern sequels to well- loved classics are becoming a popular new trend. Fans of Treasure Island will be pleased with this worthy high-seas adventure sequel.
Tigers in Red Weather: a Novel By Lisa Klaussmann, July 2012, 356 pages.
Old secrets are revealed and lives become unraveled when the children of a well-heeled New England family discover the body of murder victim near Tiger House, their estate on Martha's Vineyard. The unsolved murder soon becomes just one of many mysteries swirling around the Tiger House, building suspense all the way to the startling conclusion. Fans of The Great Gatsby may want to give this new novel a try.