Monday, December 3, 2012

Best Reads of 2012 (2nd in a series)

Favorite Reads of 2012

Ancient Light by John Banville

An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother and inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person who destroyed his family.  Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction.

Still Life by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal.  First in a series.

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek

Follows the experiences of a youth whose family and island community entirely depend on the king crab trade that constantly puts his father's life at risk, a situation that is further threatened by a new fleet owner's intentions of selling away the island's livelihood.

A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins

When Neill's father committed suicide ten years ago, he left behind thousands of pages of secret journals, journals that are stunning in their detail, and, it must be said, their complete banality.  Neill has spent the last two years inputting the diaries into what everyone hopes will become the world's first sentient computer.  Essentially, he has been giving it language--using his father's words.  Alarming to Neill--if not to the other employees of Amiante--the experiment seems to be working.  The computer actually appears to be gaining awareness and, most disconcerting of all, has started asking questions about Neill's childhood.

Stephen Kight
Assistant Director for Public Services