Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 3)

booksIn 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’s the third installment:

Amy, Children’s Librarian

assistantsThe Assistants by Camille Perri

When a technical error at a multinational media conglomerate gives a financially strapped veteran employee a chance to pay off her student loans in ways the company will never notice, she embarks on a downward spiral involving other employees with crushing debts and fewer scruples.

rainbow-comes-and-goesThe Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper

Correspondence between the CNN journalist and his celebrated mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter’s brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her adult son.

live-fast-die-hotLive Fast Die Hot by Jenny Mollen

A collection of comedic stories describes the author’s life as a reluctant adult and mother.

Betty T., Graphic Artist

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill  by Candice Millard

hero-of-the-empirePresents a narrative account of Churchill’s heroics during the Boer War, describing his daring escape from rebel captors, trek through hundreds of miles with virtually no supplies, and eventual return to South Africa to liberate the soldiers captured with him

“Even the book’s full title is a grabber: Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill  by Candice Millard(author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt).  As a 24-year-old war hero and escaped prisoner of war, Winston Churchill crossed 500-miles of the South African Transvaal alone —— but he did have four chocolate bars and one biscuit ——  to fulfill the destiny he knew was his to become —— the Prime Minister of Great Britain!  Loved it.”

Rosemarie B., Children’s Librarian

let-me-die-in-his-footstepsLet Me Die in his Footsteps by Lori Roy

When a 15-year-old girl from a small mid-20th-century Kentucky town sneaks onto a rival family’s property and discovers a dead body, she is forced to confront dangerous events from the past in order to protect the town. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Bent Road

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

delicious-foodsIn Delicious Foods, James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene’s haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene’s travails, Hannaham’s daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor.  WINNER OF THE 2016 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

grandma-gatewoods-walkGrandma Gatewood’s Walk:  The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

Drawing from Gatewood’s diaries, journals, and correspondence, documents the life of the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone in 1955 as well as her efforts to bring public attention to the once little-known footpath.

(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

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