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The Power of Perfume and Dreams Dashed: 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 searching for a brand new book to get lost in this weekend? 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 Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Follow the paths of six Japanese mail-order brides as their dreams of what their lives could be in the states quickly turn into harsh realities when they finally arrive in San Francisco. Without knowledge of the language, the land, or even their husbands, these women struggle through their new lives performing demanding manual labor jobs while raising children in a country on the doorstep of WWII.

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose

The power of scent has never been more mysterious in this new release from author M.J. Rose. Jac L’Etoile is poised to inherit her family’s French perfume company and has been surrounded by scents her whole life. For Jac, every scent has a distinct memory linked to it and triggers vivid visions littered with unexplainable mythical symbolism. When her brother Robbie goes missing after claiming to have uncovered an unbelievable family secret, Jac’s search for him leads her to an exotic ancient perfume with supposed mystical powers. Will Jac find her brother and unlock the secrets to her visions?

For teens:

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt, a cabin boy on the luxury airship Aurora, and Kate, a rich young girl, could never have envisioned the fantastical adventure that awaited them. Strange flying creatures, pirates, villains, and other interesting characters make this story a fun read. Recommended for grades 6 to 10.

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

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