I recently asked the staff at the Syosset Public Library to share titles they are reading or have recently finished. You can read about those previously posted last week, here and here. But we are still reading…
Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:
“I just finished The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This is a very well written book about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s in Chicago. The character development was wonderful. You really feel for the men and their families.”
A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives
Brenda, Reference Libarian:
“I just finished There, There by Tommy Orange. Written by a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and set in his hometown of Oakland, CA the book is an compelling story of urban Indigenous life.”
A novel—which grapples with the complex history of Native Americans; with an inheritance of profound spirituality; and with a plague of addiction, abuse and suicide—follows 12 characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.
Alisa, Head of Programming:
“I read The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton Interesting perspective on the death penalty in the United States. It also gives an interesting perspective into criminal justice system for those poor and minority individuals that have to depend on the public defenders.”
A revelatory memoir by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a dangerously flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with dozens of fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration and his post-release decision to commit his life to prison reform.
Ed, Head of Reference:
“A Hunt in Winter by Conor Brady – a mystery that takes place in Dublin in 1888. It is the third book in the Joe Swallow series, but can be read as a stand alone.”
Joe Swallow’s peaceful life in Dublin is uprooted when a series of violent attacks on women lead to an outbreak of panic and fear, and he must navigate the United Kingdom’s volatile political scene to find the person responsible.
Noureen, Librarian Trainee
“I just finished listening to a very insightful book on CD, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt.”
Demystifies the teen brain by presenting new findings, dispelling widespread myths, and providing practical advice for negotiating this difficult and dynamic life stage for both adults and teens.
Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:
“I just finished listening to A Duke in Shining Armor by one of my favorite romance authors, Loretta Chase. It did not disappoint (and the heroine is a librarian).”
Hugh Philemon Ancaster, the Duke of Ripley, takes off on the trail of Olympia Hightower, the bookish and very reluctant intended bride of his best friend, when she attempts to escape her impending marriage.
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services