NYT Best Books of 2012 at SCCLD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.