What We’re Reading Now – Memorial Day Weekend Edition

reading in hammockMany people look forward to getting a chance to sit down and read during a long holiday weekend, members of our staff included. Here are some books that you might find them reading this weekend:

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services is reading: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny 

Fatal GraceSent to tiny Three Pines, a village south of Montreal, to investigate the death of CC de Poitiers, an extremely unpopular woman apparently cooked alive in an apparent electrical accident during a local curling match, Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec finds that no one liked the victim and that nearly everyone in town had both a motive and opportunity to kill her.

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services is reading: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent“I needed something light and quick before I delve into my book discussion books for the Summer.  Loving Divergent … a great Young Adult Crossover novel perfect for an adult audience as well.” 

In a dystopian future-era Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she uncovers powerful secrets and truths about her identity, her family and the order of her society.

Sonia, Reference Librarian is reading: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Unnecessary Woman“I picked this up while browsing in the new books, started reading and got drawn in right away – very good so far.”

An obsessive introvert in Beirut, eschewed by her family and neighbors for her divorced status and lack of religious reverence, quietly translates favorite books into Arabic while struggling with her aging body until an unthinkable disaster threatens what little life remains to her.

Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian is reading Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

destiny of the republic“I’ve been loving Destiny of the Republic! I’m halfway through. It’s filled with great historical facts about James Garfield and Alexander Graham Bell, and gives an interesting look into the mind of an insane man – Charles J. Guiteau, the man who shot Garfield.”

A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President’s political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment and Alexander Graham Bell’s failed attempt to save him from an assassin’s bullet.

Ed, Head of Reference Services is reading: Bone Dust White by Karin SalvalaggioBone Dust White

“Love the characters and the plot.”

When Grace Adams witnesses the murder of her mother, who abandoned her eleven years earlier, Detective Macy Greeley struggles for answers as she investigates the case and reopens old wounds while hunting down the killer.

Sharon, Teen Services Librarian is reading: This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You“I am heading out on a cruise and asked my co-workers to recommend some light, funny reads, This one was recommended by Jackie.”

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

Ralph, Head of Media Services is reading: Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 

game-of-thrones“I wanted to not like it because it’s so popular and it’s everywhere but so far I am liking it.   Martin is a crisp writer and every chapter moves the story along.  Although I feel like I’m reading historical fiction not fantasy.”

The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.

All summaries from the publishers.

Everyone at the Syosset Public Library hopes you have

a happy and safe holiday weekend!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services


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