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NYT Best Books of 2012 at SCCLD

The Patriarch
The Patriarch The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy By Nasaw, David Book - 2012 973.9092 KENNEDY NASAW Available in some locations

Annotation:A biography that draws on archives and interviews with Kennedy family members and friends to tell the life story of Joseph Kennedy, as he participated in the major events of his times: the booms and busts, the Depression and the New Deal, two world wars and a cold war, and the birth of the New Frontier.

The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds A Novel By Powers, Kevin Book - 2012 FICTION POWERS KEVIN Available in some locations

Annotation:In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.

Why Does the World Exist?
Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story By Holt, Jim Book - 2012 113 HOLT Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 11 copies

Annotation:Expands the search for the origins of the universe beyond God and the Big Bang theory, exploring more bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians, and even novelists.

The Years of Lyndon Johnson
The Years of Lyndon Johnson [Vol. 4], The Passage of Power By Caro, Robert A. Book - 2012 973.923 JOHNSON CARO Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines Lyndon Johnson's volatile relationships with John and Robert Kennedy, describes JFK's assassination from Johnson's viewpoint, and recounts his accomplishments as president before they were overshadowed by the Vietnam War.

NW A Novel By Smith, Zadie Book - 2012 FICTION SMITH ZADIE Available in some locations

Annotation:Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in Northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.

A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King A Novel By Eggers, Dave Book - 2012 FICTION EGGERS DAVE Available in some locations

Annotation:A struggling American businessman travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city with the hopes of securing a contract that will earn him a commission large enough to stave off his economic woes and hold his family together.

Far From the Tree
Far From the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity By Solomon, Andrew Book - 2012 362.4083 SOLOMON Available in some locations

Annotation:Explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing the author’s own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental, or cultural factors that divide families.

Building Stories
Building Stories By Ware, Chris Book - 2012 741.5973 WARE Available in some locations

Annotation:An illustrated tale, told in various books and folded sheets, about the residents of a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other, and an elderly landlady.

Bring up the Bodies
Bring up the Bodies A Novel By Mantel, Hilary Book - 2012 FICTION MANTEL HILARY Available in some locations

Annotation:The second book in Mantel's trilogy (Wolf Hall, 2009) charting the Machiavellian trajectory of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of King Henry VIII of England.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Behind the Beautiful Forevers [life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity] By Boo, Katherine Book - 2012 305.569 BOO Available in some locations

Annotation:A narrative that profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.


The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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