Favorite Books of 2012

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

As the year is winding down, we would like to celebrate by featuring our favorite books that we read this year. We hope you will stop in to the Library to check-out these and other great books from 2012. Happy Reading!

The Age of Miracles: a Novel
By Karen Thompson Walker, June 2012, 272 pages.
Heather’s Favorite of 2012.

What would happen if the Earth’s rotation began to slow? How would it affect our every day lives? This is the dilemma in this amazing debut novel by Walker. The book is the coming of age story of a young girl named Julia who is just trying to live a normal life. As the days get longer and longer, gravity is affected, and Julia’s world becomes far from normal. You do not have to be a science fiction reader to enjoy this book. Fans of the Hunger Games will also want to check-out this unforgettable new book of 2012.

Peaches for Father Francis: a Novel
By Joanne Harris, October 2012, 453 pages.
Dona’s Favorite of 2012.

This book will magically transport readers back to the small rural French village featured in the book Chocolat. As the first book took place during Lent, this book takes place during Ramadan. Vianne Rocher and her two daughters are summoned back to Lansquenet after eight years and discover new and rising tension between the village’s very traditional Catholic residents and the new Muslim neighbors. Will tragedy hit before the truth can be revealed? Readers will especially love the lyrical descriptions and the character growth in Father Francis.

Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater
By Gail Simmons, February 2012, 270 pages.
Jennifer’s Favorite Non-Fiction of 2012.

A judge on Top Chef and the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts details her remarkable career, from her days as a cook and food writer, to her rise to fame as a permanent judge on the number one food show on cable television. Fans of Top Chef will certainly recognize and be thrilled to read about Gail Simmons and her background. For those that aren’t familiar with Top Chef, this is a great memoir that any foodie would love. The book includes some of her Gail’s favorite recipes.

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

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