Our Favorite Books of 2011- Part Three

These staff favorites for the year were published during 2011:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys 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. – 2011 favorite of Karen, Library Director

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime, a situation also marked by her grown children and live-in caretaker. – 2011 favorite of Betty P., Reference Services Librarian

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a Greenwich Village jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults witty Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well and a single-minded widow. – 2011 favorite of Evelyn, Librarian Trainee

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl…- 2011 favorite of Nadine, Children’s Services Librarian

This will be R and R’s last post for 2011.  Be sure to check back with us in the new year.  Until then please have a wonderful holiday – we wish all of our readers a very happy and  healthy 2012!!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


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