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From A Compassionate Zombie to Lessons About Family: This Week’s Book Picks

Staff members at the Brecksville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library have some suggestions for local readers.

If you’re searching for a brand-new book for spring, why not check out one of these suggestions from the staff at the ?

This week’s adult book recommendations were written by public services assistant Rachel Vaughn. The recommendation for teens was written by Teen Librarian Diane Wilson.

For adults:

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
America is in shambles and so is R, a young man turned zombie. But R isn’t like the other zombies—he seems to have a sense of compassion and has somehow been able to hold on to a piece of his former humanity. After absorbing the memories of a teenage boy’s brain (R has to eat to survive but it doesn’t mean he enjoys it.), R sets himself on an unusual course of saving the boy’s former girlfriend. Not your average zombie story, author Isaac Marion puts a human spin on the undead.

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
It’s hard to be “normal” when your parents’ lives are based off of being the opposite of “normal.” Buster and Annie Fang had an interesting childhood thanks to their performance artist parents, Caleb and Camille. Having no say as children if they wanted to be part of the family business or not, Buster and Annie were always part of their parent’s latest pieces. As adults they made sure they had a say and both went their separate ways, but when their grown-up lives don’t work out as planned, Buster and Annie head home just in time for the planning of their parents’ final big performance. Welcome to the world of the Family Fang—a quirky and witty take on complex family dynamics.

For teens:

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Julie, an Eskimo girl, makes a choice between an unwanted marriage and a journey across the vast tundra. During the long and hard trip, she comes to value the Eskimo customs of her people and makes friends with a pack of Arctic wolves. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Summaries may be based in part from information in the library's catalog.

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