Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 2)

booksIn what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here goes:

Neela, Head of Acquisitions:

love-loss-and-what-we-ateLove, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

The host of “Top Chef” presents a memoir about her immigrant childhood and complicated life in front of the camera, tracing her formative experiences in her grandmother’s South India kitchen and her relationships with people who influenced her culinary skills and career.

braving-itBraving It: A Father, A Daughter and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell

The author describes his journey to the far reaches of Alaska with his teenage daughter where the harsh environment tested them and their relationship.

house-without-windowsA House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

Accused by her in-laws and imprisoned for the murder of her husband, Zeba forges bonds with a group of women who have also been locked up for social violations and places her fate in the hands of an Afghan-born, American-raised civil rights lawyer.

“These are the books that I truly enjoyed reading in 2016.”

Betty, Reference Librarian:

widowThe Widow by Fiona Barton

After Jean’s husband dies, the community wants to know the real truth about the crime he was suspected of—but Jean has secrets of her own.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

fool-me-onceHorrified when she spots her husband–who was reported dead weeks earlier–playing with their toddler on her nanny cam, former special ops pilot Maya confronts deep secrets and deceit in her own past in order to discern the truth

 

 

Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian

orphan 8Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

When hospice nurse Rachel realizes that her new patient is the doctor that spent years subjecting her to tortuous medical experiments at a Jewish orphanage, she is forced to confront her memories of the time and their lasting effect.

“Told in alternating chapters between past & present about a young girl who grows up in a Hebrew orphanage and the effects of the medical experiments she was subject to.”

other-einsteinThe Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.

“A well written, moving account of the brilliant, but largely unknown woman behind Einsteins success.”

behold-the-dreamersBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession

“An Impressive debut with deeply flawed but unforgettable characters that stay with you long after the final page has been read.  A story of the immigrant experience and what it takes to achieve the American Dream.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were and keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of “Our Favorite Reads of 2016”!

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Our December Displays

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Main Floor

In keeping with the season our first display is “Happy Holidays”.  It is filled with books for cooking, celebrating, decorating and gift giving during this holiday season. There’s enough information to ensure that we will enjoy ourselves this December.  The display also includes a couple of Christmas themed mysteries.

Our second display, “Winter is Coming”, also has a timely theme.  If winter or snow is in the title, then it’s here. This display is an eclectic collection of both fiction and nonfiction books.  Try browsing the selections for a little different but interesting read.

The mini displays feature Alyson Richmond’s books on one side and on the other side the Irish writer, Williams Trevor who died on November 20, 2016. The Readers’ Services Staff will have a Year-End Celebration featuring author Alyson Richman, who will discuss her novels and the writer’s life. The program will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Third Floor

The health librarian’s display is “Happiness for the Holidays”. It has books on how to achieve happiness and bring joy into your life.  There are also handouts about health and happiness.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and so begins the United States’ struggle for Civil Rights.  Civil Rights movement is a very important part of our American story.  Our second display covers this period of history and will provide the reader with a greater understanding of this historical struggle for freedom.

We also have the “Best Books of 2016” which is a collection of nonfiction books written in 2016.  It’s located at the beginning of the nonfiction section.

Hope that you find a great read on one our displays.

 Happy Holidays to all our wonderful Syosset Public Library patrons!

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Evening Book Discussion

orphan-masters-son

2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

7:30 PM

with Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian

“The son of a singer mother whose career forcibly separated her from her family and an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.”

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

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Our Favorite Books of 2016

books3In what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here goes:

Karen, Library Director:

orphan 8Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade 

When hospice nurse Rachel realizes that her new patient is the doctor that spent years subjecting her to tortuous medical experiments at a Jewish orphanage, she is forced to confront her memories of the time and their lasting effect.

Pam. M., Assistant Library Director:

behold-the-dreamersBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

my-name-is-lucy-bartonLucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s lif

state_of_wonderState of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

Sharon, Head of Teen Services:

burn-baby-burnBurn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family’s financial woes, her father’s absence, and her brother’s growing violence.

“This YA book is set in NYC during the summer of 1977, and reading about the terror of Son of Sam, the blackout and all the crime was really eye-opening for me.  I tend to forget how dangerous it was in the city back then because for as long as I can remember, it’s been cleaned up and Disney-fied, but 1977 was a crazy time to be a teenager!”

and-i-darkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435–at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

“This was the Dracula story reimagined as a dark and brooding teenage girl. The settings and the story were magical.  Loved it!”

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red-queenWhen her supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

“This is a dystopian trilogy where the color of your blood (red or silver) determines your fate. Some similarities to the Hunger Games, but very well-written and has a fabulous female protagonist.”

(All summaries from the publishers.)

Keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of our favorite reads of 2016!

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New in DVD

anthropoidAnthropoid

Drama R

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the code name for the secret Czechoslovakian mission to assassinate Nazi SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution to the Jewish question, was the Reich’s third in command and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

The BFG

Animated PG

the-bfgEnjoy the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of another world. The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant, so he’s nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24 feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and likes to keep to himself.

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New in DVD

bad-momsBad Moms

Comedy R

When three overworked and underappreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long-overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Captain Fantastic

Drama R

captain-fantasticDeep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

hell-or-high-waterHell or High Water

Action R

A divorced West Texas dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate money-making scheme in order to save their family’s farm from foreclosure.

mechanic-resurrectionMechanic: Resurrection

Action R

Bishop is in danger once again when a beautiful but deceitful woman cunningly pulls him back into the life he left behind. Now, time is short and he is being forced to assassinate some of the most dangerous men in the world.

war-dogsWar Dogs

Comedy R

Two friends in their early twenties living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military.

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Afternoon Book Discussion

my-brilliant-friend

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM

My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. This meticulous portrait of these two women is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

 “The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.”  -From the publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the circulation desk.

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