An Assortment of Great Books to Read

Librarians Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein, and Heather Timko bring to you three great new books to read each week. Enjoy!

These three book selections are very different, but all very worthy reads. We hope you will visit us at the Strongsville Branch Library soon to pick-up these and many more books. Happy Reading!

Great North Road
By Peter F. Hamilton, January 2013, 976 pages.

In this blend of science fiction and murder mystery, humanity travels to other worlds via transportation gateways in the year 2143. Detective Sidney Hurst is hired to solve a murder in Newcastle on Earth that matches a similar murder twenty years ago on mining world, St. Libra. In both cases the victim was a member of a family of over 200 clones, the North's, and there is reason to suspect alien involvement. Fan of Larry Niven and Isaac Asimov may appreciate this space thriller.

The Lawgiver: a Novel
By Herman Wouk, November 2012, 234 pages. 

This is not another weighty tome by the author of The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War. In the author’s words, it is a "light-hearted novel about the impossibility of writing a novel about Moses". Told through emails, faxes, and even text messages, this cute modern romantic comedy traces a couple of star-crossed lovers amid the making of a new movie about Moses. Wouk and his wife Betty, who recently died, are characters in his book. This clever and upbeat quick read is recommended for romantics and movie buffs. 

Life Among Giants: a Novel
By Bill Roorbach, November 2012, 331 pages.

Seventeen year old star quarterback, David, and his older sister, Kate, are devastated when their parents are mysteriously murdered. They become intrigued by a world famous ballerina and her rock-star husband who live in a mansion across the pond. The siblings spend decades trying to find out what happened to their parents, and they start to believe that their neighbors are somehow involved. This murder mystery will surely please those looking for a good character-driven story.

Reviews brought to you each week by Librarians – Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein, & Heather Timko
Adult Services Division
Strongsville Branch Library

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