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Mysteries for Technology and History Fans: This Week’s Book Picks

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

Are you in need of a new book to help you celebrate National Library Week? Why not check out one of these suggestions from the ?

Public services assistant Rachel Vaughn wrote the adult book recommendations. And Teen Librarian Diane Wilson wrote the teen’s book recommendation.

For adults:

The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
Sibyl Allston is still deep in grief a few years after she loses her mother and sister in the catastrophic sinking of the Titanic. Desperate in seeking some sort of peace, Sibyl finds herself grasping to reconnect with her mother and sister through a medium, but what she discovers is not what she expects. In the meantime, she finds herself drawn back to an old flame when he can offer help to unravel the mystery surrounding her brother’s unexpected dismissal from Harvard. Try this 2012 release if you enjoy your historical fiction with a touch of mystery and romance.

The Fear Index by Robert Harris
Dr. Alex Hoffman is making billions in investing, but many people haven’t even heard of his name—that’s the way he likes it. Dr. Hoffman purposely stays out of the public eye because he is the creator of a highly sophisticated form of artificial intelligence that gives a crystal ball view of the financial markets. If this technology were to get into the wrong hands it could be devastating, but that’s exactly what seems to have happened. Now Dr. Hoffman sees shadows around every corner and feels eyes on his back as he tries to find out who is trying to topple his fortune and his life.

For teens:

The Foxman by Gary Paulsen
A teenage boy is sent to live with his uncle on a farm in the wilderness. While there he befriends an old, disfigured man who shows him many things. Recommended for grades 5 and up.

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

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