Our Favorite Books of 2011, Part One

R & R has asked the Syosset Public Library staff to share which books read in 2011 were their favorites.  Here are some picks in non-fiction:

Unbroken: A World WarII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor. – 2011 favorite of Audrey, Media Services Clerk

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

A humanities professor describes the impact had by the translation of the last remaining manuscript of “On the Nature of Things” by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers, and scientists. – 2011 favorite of Ralph, Head of Media Services

Bossypants by Tina Fey

From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. –2011 favorite of Amy, Children’s Services Librarian

The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution by Keith J. Devlin

Traces the early 13th-century introduction of Arabic numbers to Western Europe by Leonardo of Pisa, documenting the influential publication of his Liber Abbaci and how it enabled everyday people to understand numbers and engage in commerce, a capacity that set the stage for larger scientific, technological and trade advances. –2011 favorite of Brenda, Reference Services Librarian

Keep checking back again with the R & R blog during the month of December to read about some more of of our staff’s 2011 book favorites!

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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One thought on “Our Favorite Books of 2011, Part One”

  1. Hey R&R, I already checked out and loved some of your posts, and this one was lovely too. I love finding out about new stuff to find and you guys, through wordpress have been very useful!
    Over on my blog I’m trying to drum up support for future generations of book-o-philes by establishing an imaginative underground of readers. Slightly serious, and slightly hyperbolic, it expresses the hope that there will always be readers around. It is at:
    http://thepollyannafragments.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/the-history-books-forgot-about-us-and-the-bible-didnt-mention-us-not-even-once/

    Cheers,
    ‘Pollyanna’

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