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Next Week’s Title Swap

Excited to hear about our favorite books? Join the Readers’ Services Department next Tuesday afternoon for a fun and lively presentation of all History and Historical Fiction books we can’t stop talking about.  Visit the Live Streaming page of our website for access.

Leave with a list of great reads!

No registration required. 

See you there!

-posted by Donna, Readers’ Services

What We’re Reading Now

We’re checking in with our staff today to see what they’re reading:

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

“I am reading The Button Man by Andrew Gross, part historical fiction, part crime drama, very enjoyable!”

A disadvantaged but once happy Jewish immigrant family is brought together by the women’s garment trade and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City.

 

Pam S., Reference/Teen Services Librarian:

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

A 12-year-old lone survivor of a plane crash investigates the stories of his less-fortunate fellow passengers before making a profound discovery about his life purpose in the face of transcendent losses.

 

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

 

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

“I am reading Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear for a Cozy Mystery postal book club I belong to. Pretty good so far!”

In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.

 

Betty , SPL Graphic Artist:
“Just finished reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade (okay, in my case, it was an SPL Kindle e-book) is this century’s semi-replication of Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm.    On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joachim blasted into the Bermuda Triangle, opened its all-devouring mouth and swallowed the US-flagged container shop El Faro whole and without mercy.   The circumstances and why it happened make this book difficult to put down.”
Recounts the sinking of El Faro, a container ship that was swallowed by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle, examining America’s merchant marine fleet and revealing the truth about modern shipping.
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:
“I am reading the 2020 Long Island Reads Selection Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler.”
Decades after her grieving father, a laid-off NASA scientist, triggers chaotic changes in his pursuit of life-extending technology, an astronaut confronts dangerous family secrets to stop a world-threatening crisis.
All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What We’re Reading Now

We’re checking in with our staff today to see what they’re reading:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:

“I just finished rereading the 2011 National Book Award Fiction Winner, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward:  An incredible story of one poverty stricken family’s decision to ride out Hurricane Katrina in their coastal Mississippi home. Highly recommended!”

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen “pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.*

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – the best book I read this year.”

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say.*

Amy, Children’s Services Librarian:

“Currently reading: This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps.”

Presents a memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and GeeksDawson’s Creek and Cougar Town, who has become a breakout star on Instagram.*

 

Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian:

Just finished Vox by Christina Dalcher. Dr. Jean McClellan is haunted by her complacency during her college days in this dystopian novel in the not-so-far future.  The United States government has put women in “their rightful place” by systematically limiting the words they can use each day.  Is 100 words a day enough to make a change?  Dr. McClellan truly hopes so.”

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa”

Stripped of her family’s privileges by the Nazi party in 1939 Berlin, Hannah Rosenthal forges a pact that she will remain true to her best friend, Leo, before embarking on a refugee ship bound for Havana, where rumors of a deadly plot force her to make an impossible choice.*

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Genius Foods by Max Lugavere  This is a fascinating book about how what we eat affects our brains, and in turn, the rest of our bodies.”

Draws on the author’s in-depth research into dementia in the wake of his own mother’s mysterious diagnosis to outline practical recommendations for optimizing mental performance and balance through a high-nutrition diet tailored specifically for brain health.*

*Summary from the publisher.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Years on the Blog – December

Time for a walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts in December in the past five years, which are all about our staff’s reading during those years:

2016: Our Favorite Books of 2016 (Part 6)

2015: Our Favorite Books of 2015

2014: Our Favorite Books of 2014

2013: About Our Reading -2013 #1

2012: Questions about Books: 2012, Part 1

We’ll take another nostalgic look at the past five years again in January.  Happy New Year to all!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Our Favorite Books – 2017 (Part I)

In today’s post we are looking back at our reading during 2017 and sharing the books that were some of our favorites for the year.

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

The 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.

 

Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals, and deception.

 

Jessikah, Children’s Services Librarian:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Having heard tales of the beautiful but dangerous Goblin King all her life, Liesl infuses her musical compositions with her romantic dreams before the abduction of her sister forces her to journey to the Underground, where she faces an impossible choice.

 

Amy, Children’s Services Librarian:

Fever by Mary Beth Keane 

A story inspired by the life of the woman known as “Typhoid Mary” traces the efforts of a headstrong Irish immigrant whose tenacity and talent for cooking gains her entry into upper-class kitchens until the discovery of her status as a disease carrier forces her into an isolation that she eventually defies with horrific results.

 

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan

The best-selling author of Following Atticus traces the author’s adoption of a traumatized, hearing-impaired elderly dog who throughout his remaining years transformed from a hostile and violent canine to a happy, puppy-like companion

 

Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman 

In the tiny forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship, bringing the hope of revitalization to the fading town, is shattered by the aftermath of a violent act that leaves a young girl traumatized.

(All summaries from the publishers.)

We will be sharing another batch of favorites in a day or two, so stay tuned.  If you would like to see some of our favorites of 2016, you can look here and here.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

What We’re Reading Now

Here are some titles that are staff are reading at the moment. In this edition – an astronaut, magicians, an open marriage experiment and more:

Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services is reading:

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

A memoir by an unlikely astronaut who helped save the Hubble telescope describes his early attempts to gain admission into NASA, his first spacewalks, the loss of his fellow astronauts in the Columbia disaster, and his ongoing support of future space travel ventures.

Pam M., Assistant Library Director:

Charlatans by Robin Cook

Promoted to his elite Boston teaching hospital’s Chief Resident, Dr. Noah Rothauser investigates a series of anesthesia errors that are killing patients and raising serious concerns about a resident who has created multiple personalities of herself on the internet.

Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying way

Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan

Traces the author’s adoption of a traumatized, hearing-impaired elderly dog who throughout his remaining years transformed from a hostile and violent canine to a happy, puppy-like companion

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project’s signal is received by an alien civilization on the brink of destruction, which plans to invade Earth; meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion

Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell’s pupil, in a witty fantasy set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century England.http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/record=b1287405

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

A progressive New York couple with an autistic son move to a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb and immerse themselves in the local community only to have their bond tested by an invitation to become an open-marriage couple.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Thanks to Local Businesses!

The Syosset Public Library Readers’ Services Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club!

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American Dry Cleaners

Angel Tips

Bareburger

Beltrami: A Men’s Store

Ben’s NY Kosher

Brothers 3 Pools (Sayville Location)

Butera’s Restaurants

Card$mart

Celebrity Diner

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chopt: Creative Salad Company

Chris & Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

Christina’s Epicure

Cindi’s Boutique

Denny’s Childrenswear

Eastern Breeze Nails & Spa

George Martin’s Grillfire

Gloss New York Salon

Hurricane Grill

Iavarone Brothers

It’s a Girl Thing Gifts & More

Jack Nails

Jericho Pharmacy

Jerrie Shop

The Lite Choice

Luxy Nails & Spa

Maddy Fine Jewelers

Mario’s Pizzeria

Max & Gino’s All American Clothing Co.

Meyer’s Farmstand

Mixology Clothing Company

Mrtique

Ms’tique Boutique

Nail Gallery & Spa

One Small Step

Party City

Phil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Prime Time Butcher

Ray Leventhal Clothing

Salon Entourage

ShopRite

Steve’s Piccola Bussola

TOPSPIN TENNIS & FITNESS

Trader Joe’s

Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria

Woodbury Pizzeria & Restaurant

Woodbury Wine Market

Yiasou Yeeros Authentic Greek Eatery

Authors:

Camille Perri & Brenda Janowitz

Publishing Companies:

  • HarperCollins Library Marketing Team
  • Macmillan Library Marketing Team
  • Martin’s Press
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc. Education & Library Division
  • Workman Publishing Library Marketing Team

Pictured above Readers’ Services librarians with author Camille Perri (from left to right) Stacey Levine, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Camille Perri, Lisa Jones, Jean Simpson and Head of Readers services, Jackie Ranaldo.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services