In 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 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.
The author describes his journey to the far reaches of Alaska with his teenage daughter where the harsh environment tested them and their relationship.
A 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:
The 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
Horrified 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 #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.”
The 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 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”!
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services