What We’re Reading Now

Welcome back to another edition of “What We’re Reading Now” where we tell you what some of the staff members of our library are reading RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT!

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves“Raised by her Irish immigrant parents in a 1940s Queens apartment where alcohol and company combine in mercurial ways, Eileen marries an unambitious scientist with whom she endures an increasingly psychologically dark family life.”

-Karen, Library Director

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Invention of Wings“Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.”

Pam S., Reference Librarian

Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Emanuel Carrere

limonov“This pseudo-biography isn’t a novel, but it reads like one: from Limonov’s grim childhood; to his desperate, comical, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia’s literary intellectual elite; to his emigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque. But it could also be read as a troubling counter-narrative of the second half of the twentieth century.”

- Sonia, Reference Librarian

Truth in AdvertisingTruth in Advertising by John Kenney

“Struggling with encroaching middle age, advertising agent Finbar Dolan is forced to cancel his Christmas plans to tackle a last-minute assignment, only to learn that his estranged father has taken ill and that his siblings are unwilling to help.”

- Pam M., Head of Programming

Yes, PleaseYes, Please by Amy Poehler

The actress best known for her work on “Parks and Recreation” and “Saturday Night Live” reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

- Amy, Children’s Librarian

Paying GuestThe Paying Guest by Sarah Waters

Forced to take in lodgers in economically challenged 1922 South London, widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter find their lives profoundly and disturbingly changed by the arrival of a modern young couple.

- Jean, Library Clerk

How We Got to NowHow We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

A history of innovation shares stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields, and reveals how important inventions have had unintended consequences.

- Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Walking Dead, Book 10The Walking Dead, Book 10 by Robert Kirkman

In the world of the zombie apocalypse, war is on the horizon as Rick’s treaty with Negan and the Saviors is pushed to the limit.

- Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

All summaries from the publishers.

- posted by Sonia, Reference Services




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New Additions to our Book Club in a Bag Collection

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of The New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
An NPR “Great Reads” Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book

americanahIfemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro

art forgerAlmost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

All summaries from the publishers.

Let us provide everything you need for a successful book discussion with Book Club in a Bag.  We can supply you with 10 copies of the book and a discussion binder.   The binder contains discussion questions, biographical information and critical material.  Please contact Readers’ Services, 921-7161, ext 239 to reserve a book for your Book Club.

- posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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Afternoon Book Club

 The Afternoon Book Club will meet on

Tuesday, November 25th at 1:30 pm

to discuss

calling me home

with Evelyn Hershkowitz Readers’ Services Librarian

A National Best Seller!
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.” (from the publisher)

This program is free and all are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served. 

The book is currently available at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. 

Hope to see you there!

- posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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New Collection: Business and Careers

business careers logoThe library has established a new Business & Careers collection consisting of business careers linebooks, databases, and recommended websites on subjects such as management, accounting, business law, investing, computers, business law, business communications, and more.

Located on the 3rd floor, this collection will expand to include topics of interest to Syosset’s local business community. In addition, the library is working on programs geared towards the small business owner. Be on the lookout for more information about these programs starting Spring 2015.

- posted by Alisa, Reference Services

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New in DVD

22 Jump Street

Comedy R

22 Jump StreetAfter making their way through high school twice, big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

The Purge: Anarchy

Horror R

The Purge AnarchyThe New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. Writer/director James DeMonaco returns to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly twelve hours of anarchy, when all crime is legal.

The Wind Rises

Drama PG-13

The Wind RisesJiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the worlds most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.

And So It Goes

Comedy PG-13

And So It GoesRealtor Oren Little, willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet; until his estranged son drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed. Clueless about how to care for the abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah and tries to resume his life. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart; to his family, to Leah, and to life itself. Also  available in Blu-Ray DVD.

If I Stay 

Drama PG-13

If I StayMia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.​

Sin City A Dame to Kill ForSin City: A Dame to Kill For

Action R

A few of Sin City’s most hard-nosed residents cross paths with some of its more reviled occupants. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD and 3D Blu-Ray DVD.

- posted by Ralph, Media Services


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20 & 30-Something Book Club



war brothers

The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club

will be meeting on Monday, November 17th at 7PM 

to discuss the novel “War Brothers” by Sharon E. McKay. 

“Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boy’s school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid, they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are bought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. They are told they must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive.” (from the publisher)

This program is open to any 20-something/30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20 & 30–Something Librarians.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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- posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

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New in DVD


tammyComedy R

Tammy is having a bad day. She’s totaled her car, gotten fired from her job at a burger joint, and finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl, is her only option-with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.


lets be copsLet’s Be Cops

Comedy R

It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly minted ‘heroes’ get tangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.


Jersey Boys

Drama R

The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services


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