Here’s what some of us here at the Syosset Public Library are reading at the moment:
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:
“I’m reading The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.”
A shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women’s movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend.
Pamela M., Assistant Library Director:
“I’m reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I started listening to the audio CD in my car, and am driving out of my way so I could listen to it!”
A psychologically charged tale of suspense follows the unexpected twists that shape a divorce and second marriage that are anything but what they seem.
Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services:
“I’m currently reading an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) titled Good-bye, Paris by Anstey Harris.”
Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage. But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life.
Rosemarie B., Children’s Librarian:
“I just finished The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. A multi-generational family drama. Big Angel invites his entire family to attend his last birthday party where grievances, jealousy and ultimately, love are revealed.”
Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of family patriarch Miguel “Big Angel” De La Cruz and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore.
Jessikah, Children’s Librarian:
“I am currently reading The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley, which is a modern retelling of Beowulf set in suburbia. I am really enjoying the playfulness of setting with the classic story. The question of what defines a “monster” is well drawn.”
A modern retelling of “Beowulf” recasts classic themes from the perspectives of the attackers and finds a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran navigating dark realities to protect the sons they love.
All summaries from the publishers.
Stay tuned, we’ll be back with more “What We’re Reading” selections soon!
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services