One of the great conversation starter questions has always been “Read any good books lately?” R & R decided to ask the Syosset library staff about the books they are reading right now. Below are some of the answers to that question. Whether the books turned out to be good or not, well, you’ll have to ask the readers when you see them around the library.
“First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.”- from the publisher.
Karen Leibman, Assistant Library Director, is reading “The Cookbook Collector” by Allegra Goodman:
“Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much. When Emily confides her company’s new secret project to Jonathan as a proof of her love, the stage is set for issues of loyalty and trust, greed, and the allure of power.” – from the publisher.
Pam Martin, Head of Programming, is reading “The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer:
“Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life. Meanwhile, Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends the lives of Andras and his two brothers into terrifying uncertainty.” – from the publisher
Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk, is reading “Leaving the World” by Douglas Kennedy:
“Jane Howard is a professor in Boston, in love with a brilliant, erratic man named Theo, and she becomes pregnant. Motherhood turns out to be a great welcome surprise–but when a devastating turn of events tears her existence apart she has no choice but to flee all she knows and leave the world. The disappearance of a young girl pulls her back from the edge and into an obsessive search for some sort of personal redemption. ” from the SPL catalog.
Neela Vass, Acquisitions Supervisor, is reading “No Way Down: Life and Death on K2” by Graham Bowley (non-fiction):
“K2—the world’s second-highest mountain,has lured serious climbers for decades. In 2008, near the end of a brief climbing season cut even shorter by bad weather, no fewer than ten international teams—some experienced, others less prepared—crowded the mountain’s dangerous slopes with their Sherpas and porters, waiting to ascend. Finally, on August 1, they were able to set off. But hindered by poor judgment, lack of equipment, and overcrowded conditions, the last group did not summit until nearly 8 p.m., hours later than planned. Then disaster struck …” (from the publisher).
Jill Jacobson, Readers Service Librarian, is reading “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson (non-fiction):
“Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life”, this book “intertwines the true tale of two men–the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America?s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.” – from the publisher
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services