The Barrel Yards Winter Reading List

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

As the New Year unfolds and the layers of winter snow continue to fall, cozy nights in are becoming the norm for many of our residents. What better way to spend an evening than curled up with a good book and some hot chocolate in our beautiful library spaces? We’ve got a plethora of rotating books to choose from but you could BYOB (bring your own book!) as well. Choosing something to read can be difficult, so we’ve alleviated the stress with a list of our top reads for Winter 2017.


Grace by Paul Lynch

This story takes readers back to 19th-century Ireland, right before the Great Famine wiped out over one million people. A widow casts her eldest daughter, Grace, out to find work. The twist: she has short hair and is dressed in men’s clothing. Follow along with her harrowing yet beautifully epic tale of endurance.


Heather, The Totality by Matthew Weiner

Obsessed with Mad Men? Then you’ll love this chilling novel about the intricacies of the human psyche. Two characters from disparate worlds – an Upper East Sider and a former felon – somehow cross paths, with sinister and surprising consequences.


Coming to my senses by Alice Waters

The memoir of the opening of a “little French Restaurant” in Berkeley, California circa 1971. You’ll meet charismatic bohemian figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would form the ultimate culture of Chez Panisse.


Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

The “real society” lives underground in this futuristic thriller. In Newitz’s version of earth, drugs control our brains and our thoughts are not our own. A must-read for any sci-fi or fantasy lover!

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day, turning on the electric fireplace, and cozying up with a great book. What are you reading this season? Comment below and we’ll add your selection to our list!