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Staff Favorites for 2017

Members of the Reference and Readers Advisory Department were asked to share the favorite book they read in 2017. Below are the results. The picks span a variety of genres. Most are new releases while others are older works. Read below to see the best books read by CCPL staff in 2017.


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The Force by Don Winslow
Brian's Pick

Denny Malone, a veteran NYPD detective sergeant, stalks the streets of Upper Manhattan, knowing nothing happens or gets dealt without his knowledge or consent. The higher-ups have given his elite team, "Da Force," free rein to keep the peace, even if rules are bent and spoils pocketed along the way. In a city where someone's going to profit off the drugs and the violence, why shouldn't it be his team? Malone prides himself on loyalty and tradition, but after a multimillion-dollar heroin bust gets the attention of the feds, he's forced to make an unthinkable decision: to turn on his brother cops and rat on his beloved teammates. (summary provided by Library Journal)

Touch by Courtney Maum
Brooke's Pick

Sloane Jacobsen, a highly influential trend forecaster who predicted the "swipe," moves from Paris to Manhattan for a six-month collaboration with tech company Mammoth. Accompanying her is long-term life partner Roman Bellard, a Frenchman and Zentai-wearing intellectual obsessed with "sensuality in the digital age." Sloane's outspoken views on childbearing as ecoterrorism dovetail with her Mammoth assignment to guide product creation for the intentionally childless. Soon, though, she concludes that the next trend will be a return to intimacy and interpersonal, in-person interaction, so when Roman publishes a New York Times op-ed advocating virtual sex over real sex, she kicks him out. Meanwhile, her attempts at reconnecting with her estranged family are not going well, and a company designer attracted to Sloane challenges her to redefine herself. (summary provided by Publisher's Weekly)

Spies in the Family by Eva Dillon
Nancy's Pick

Dillon's book is a poignant portrait about how espionage touches personal lives. Focusing on American spy Paul Dillon (the author's father) and Soviet spy Dimitri Polyakov, it explores how each navigated the dangers of the Cold War. Readers will quickly see how the Soviet and American espionage apparatuses were quite similar. Furthermore, there is a connection between the two men that makes their lives even more remarkable. This story reveals how each created separate identities-the one at work and the one at home. It is astounding to realize how little each family knew about what their patriarch did and the dangers he endured. (summary provided by Library Journal)

The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
Susan's Pick

Imagine being in the room for a conversation between two of the most recognizable spiritual leaders of modern times, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thanks to this book, readers can do more than imagine. The two deeply spiritual and surprisingly jovial friends came together for several days to discuss a range of topics compassion, suffering, loneliness, gratitude but always ultimately came back to their primary theme, joy. Over the course of their protracted conversation, the duo provides insight into their faiths' guiding principles, gently disagreeing at times but more frequently finding common ground and spending some time teasing each other in the process. (summary provided by Booklist)

Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Carly's Pick

Sloan introduces us to Lois Clary, a software engineer at an ambitious, San Francisco-based robotics company, whose life gets fantastically redirected by a sourdough starter. Lois is bequeathed the starter by Beoreg and Chaiman, proprietors of Clement Street Soup and Sourdough, who light up her 'round-the-clock work schedule with their wonderful food until they're forced to leave town fast owing to visa problems. (The brothers belong to the fabled Mazg community, a bit of whimsy that adds to the novel's charm.) Soon, Lois is planning her life around baking bread, building the perfect oven and eventually getting invited to join a mysterious new food emporium that aims to redefine how we eat. (summary provided by Library Journal)