With the end of 2016 fast approaching, the staff at the Greenburgh Public Library has compiled a list of their favorite reads for the year. Each and every recommendation can be found in the Westchester Library System Catalog. Kick back and relax and enjoy some of these handpicked suggestions!
Nancy, Adult Services – Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The story was told by Paul Cravath, a young lawyer hired by George Westinghouse to help him prove Thomas Edison did not own the absolute patent for the electric light bulb. The reader also gets to know Nikola Tesla, a brilliant engineer who worked for both Edison and Westinghouse at different times.
Kathy, Business Office – Twelve Kings in Sharakai by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Being an avid reader of Sci-Fi & Fantasy, I love when I find a novel by a new author (at least new to me) who doesn’t follow the stock fantasy outline; one whose story leaves me wondering what will happen next.
Carol, Adult Services – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
A compelling and riveting account of the Vietnam war as told from a Vietnamese perspective.
Frank, Circulation – Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving
I am re-reading this book after 50 years. In the 1830s , this book was instrumental in reviving the Spanish ruins, getting them restored, and has led to crowds every day of the year swarming to the Palace in Granada. The stories are charming, romantic and so well-told.
Diana, Adult Services – Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance by Roni Beth Tower (local author)
Roni Beth Tower will speak at the Greenburgh Public Library on February 1st, 2017 about the warm and thoughtful memoir that looks at romance in the second half of her life.
Anaiz, Circulation – Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Eleven people on a boat from Martha’s Vineyard to New York disappear with only two survivors. This book will take you on a journey back and forth from the tragedy to the stories of the passengers before they stepped foot on their last sail.
Laura, Circulation – Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
A quirky little non-linear interactive memoir. After one particularly long week, it was very pleasant way to unwind with a cup of tea on a Friday afternoon. Keep your cell phone handy, and participate in the interactive experience. It sounds like a gimmick, but it’s surprisingly effective and sweet.
Christina, Administration – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The second book by Bardugo of a two book compilation. The first book, Six of Crows, follows a band of thieves as they navigate a fantastical underworld of intrigue and misfortune. Excellent world building and wonderful fantasy. The story is fast paced and the action does not disappoint.
Kate, Adult Services- The Professor And The Madman: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Wincester
Not only does one learn about the monumental task of getting the historical lexicography of every word in the English language but one learns about the unique timing and twists of fate in history that actually enabled such a monumental creation.
Gail, Childrens Services- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
A memoir that reads like fast-paced fiction. Hope shares her life story and her passion for plants and science. It helped me understand what it would be like to be someone on the verge of discovering new things about nature, and about life.
Genie, Adult Services – Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
I just finished Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. It was very good. He talks a lot about how his life shaped the music he makes. He is very thoughtful about the songs he writes, it’s not just an attempt to make a hit record, he has a message to convey with each song.
Christa, Adult Services – Gulp by Mary Roach
I was looking for something different to read and after reading one of my colleagues blog posts about science books, I decided to try Gulp. One never really thinks about how the digestive system works, we just assume it’s magic. Mary Roach takes the reader on a humorous journey of digestion!