Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Pt. 6)

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 sixth installment:

Lisa H., Reference Services Librarian:

nightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways

“I felt every emotion while reading this book. A good historical fiction pick.”

famous-nathanFamous Nathan: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog by Lloyd Handwerker

Traces the rise of Nathan’s Famous from a small Coney Island concession on an undeveloped boardwalk to an international brand, tracing founder Nathan Handwerker’s flight from World War I-stricken Europe and his menial jobs in 1912 New York before building an empire that has become the object of a heated legal dispute.

“Nathan really did live the American dream after arriving in New York City.”

girlsThe Girls by Emma Cline

Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle, only to find herself drawn into a cult and seduced by its charismatic leader.

“Could not put this one down. Based on the Manson murders, Evie is looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Bonnie, Circulation Clerk:

velvet-hoursThe Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

In the face of the German Occupation, Solange leaves her late grandmother’s treasure-filled Paris apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return, but as she sets out on a new path, her grandmother’s legacy of cultivating a life of art and beauty guides her.

“I really enjoyed The Velvet Hours. It was very different for the usual Historical Fiction.”

twelve-days-of-christmasTwelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Follows the experiences of an aspiring journalist who starts a blog to seek revenge against a handsome but arrogant neighbor who she treats with exceeding kindness in the hopes of breaking through his cold exterior.

“Debbie Macomber’s holiday book was a very entertaining and enjoyable read.”

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

behold-the-dreamersBehold 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.

“This was my favorite book this year and would make for an excellent book discussion.”

nixThe Nix by Nathan Hill

Astonished to see the mother who abandoned him in childhood throwing rocks at a presidential candidate, a bored college professor struggles to reconcile the media depictions of his mother with his memories and decides to draw her out by penning a tell-all biography.

 “An exceptional debut novel”

when-breath-becomes-airWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes his how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his final days.

“This was my favorite non-fiction title of the year.”

(All plot summaries from the publishers.)

Tell us in the comments what your favorite 2016 reads were and check in with Syosset R and R for more of “Our Favorite Reads of 2016” next week when we wind up the series!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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