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Relax with a Good Book

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

Take a break from your holiday shopping, and stop in to your local library branch today. We have many great new books for your reading enjoyment. Check-out this week’s selections. Happy Reading!

American Ghost: a Novel
By Janis Owens, October 2012, 288 pages.

A fictional story based on a true story traces the unresolved history of a family against a backdrop of racial tensions in a Florida community. Jolie, the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher, falls in love with a Jewish anthropology student who is targeted by violence. While the book has dark undertones with a heavy topic, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Fans of southern writers like Joshilyn Jackson and stories of racial inequities like The Help will find this a very worthy read.

The Child’s Child: a Novel
By Barbara Vine, December 2012, 302 pages.

Best selling mystery author, Ruth Rendell, writing under a pseudonym, brings readers this new novel about siblings, Grace and Andrew. When their grandmother dies, they inherit her London home which is filled with books, and the two decide to move in rather than sell it. Things start to get strange after Andrew and his new boyfriend witness their friend’s murder, and Grace discovers an ancient manuscript in the house in which the characters in the story very much resemble her and her brother. This is a clever novel-within-a-novel story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

The Stockholm Octavo: a Novel
By Karen Englemann, October 2012, 416 pages.

This debut novel is a rollicking page turner set in 18th century Stockholm and features a memorable cast of colorful characters. Up-and-coming young merchant Emil Larsson finds himself entangled in his country’s fate, after a stop at the local gaming establishment. The proprietress, Mrs. Sparrow, has had a vision that predicts his involvement in a pivotal event involving the monarch, and asks to deal his "Octavo," a divination card game she has invented. Fans of historical intrigues will love this title.

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

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