Best of 2012

"Dear Life" by Alice Munro

Tis the season for best of lists and year-in-review posts! Below is a list of favorite books and author events by SLCL managers and administrators.

Charles Pace, Library Director
Well there were several favorites last year. Of course I love Eoin Colfer and he is always highly amusing. I would have to say that my favorite was Madeleine Albright, I found hearing about her family history and how she discovered her Jewish identity to be really fascinating. I think this is a good example of the kind of quality programming that we provide to the community.
Barbara Brain, Assistant Director: Adult & Support Services
Alan Bradley's "The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce mystery." I've read several of these mysteries set in 1950's England and love the character of the 11-year-old Flavia de Luce. She is unbelievably clever, resourceful, independent and energetic. The epitome of a fun, engaging read.
Kristen Sorth, Assistant Director, Administration:
I loved "Shadow of Night" which is the second book in a trilogy starting with "Discovery of Witches." Book three comes out next year. It's sort of a Da Vinci Code with vampires and witches. The author is a historian, with an interesting background and a love of libraries (check out her website for more info). 
Nicole Clawson, Youth Services Manager
"Endangered," is a great book written by Eliot Schrefer. The story is about a teenage girl visiting her mom in Congo at her mother's sanctuary for bonobos when a revolution breaks out. The story is about survival and sacrifices. This is one I had a hard time putting down.
Jim Bogart, Foundation Manager
"The Passage of Power." This is Robert Caro's fourth volume in his brilliant five book epic on President Lyndon Johnson. It is a riveting portrait of the use of power, the likes of which may never be seen again. 
"Canada." Richard Ford is one of America's greatest writers and this may be his best book yet about a boy's traumatic childhood and a mysterious businessman who takes the boy in.
Jennifer McBride, Communications Manager
I've been reading a lot of short story collections recently. My two favorites are "Dear Life" by Alice Munro and "Blasphemy" by Sherman Alexie. Munro's stories are always satisfying--she can develop a compelling character in just a few pages, and the ending usually comes with a bang. The collection by Sherman Alexie is darker, but no less absorbing. These stories, some reprinted from past works, cover life on the reservation. Alexie's trademark humor and wit save many of these stories from being too bleak to bear. 
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--Jennifer M., Headquarters


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