Staff Raves: Our 10 Favorite Books of 2013

 
Carol’s Picks:
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
Transatlantic, by Colum McCann
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman,
by Louis de Bernieres
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem
Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry

Gretchen’s Picks:
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Empress Dowager Cixi, by Jung Chang
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Ancient Light, by John Banville
Istanbul Passage, by Joseph Kanon
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers

Jeff’s Picks:
Norwegian by Night, by Derek B. Miller
Disappeared, by Anthony Quinn
Little Green, by Walter Mosley
A Man Without Breath, by Philip Kerr
Death on Demand, by Paul Thomas
The Big Crowd, by Kevin Baker
The Maid’s Version, by Daniel Woodrell
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World, by Matthew Goodman
Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison , by Michael Daly
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Liz’s Picks:
All That Is, by James Salter
At Last, by Edward St. Aubyn
Cartwheel, by Jennifer Dubois
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright
HHhH, by Laurent Binet
Hild, by Nicola Griffith
Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower
Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying,
by Sonke Neitzel and Harold Welser
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan

Marla’s Picks:
Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes
My Education, by Susan Choi
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, by Lynne Olson
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King
Lionel Asbo, by Martin Amis
Barbarian Nurseries, by Hector Tobar
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Ritfka Brunt

Stephanie’s Picks (children’s books):
Crankee Doodle, by Tom Angleberger
Mustache Baby, by Bridget Heos
If You Want to See a Whale, by Julie Fogliario
I Am a Frog, by Mo Willems
Again!, by Emily Gravett
Cheese Belongs to You, by Alexis Deacon
Dinosaurs Love Underpants, by Claire Freedman
When Mermaids Sleep, by Ann Bonwill
Princesses on the Run, by Smiljana Coh
Xander’s Panda Party, by Linda Sue Park

(Friend of the Store) Don’s Picks:
The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
I Want to Show You More, by Jamie Quatro
The Miniature Wife, by Manuel Gonzalez
Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
Tenth of December, by George Saunders
Bobcat, by Roberta Lee
The Sounds of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
The River Swimmer, by Jim Harrison
Woes of the True Policeman, by Roberto Bolaño

 

Staff Raves: Our 10 Favorite Books of 2012

 
Carol’s Picks:
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
A Place of Greater Safety, by Hilary Mantel
These Dreams of You, by Steve Erickson
HHhH, by Laurent Binet
The Seven Ages of Paris, by Alastair Horne
Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, by Ben Fountain
The Last Witchfinder, by James Morrow
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
The Sea, the Sea, by Iris Murdoch
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, by Jonathan Evison

Gretchen’s Picks:
Joseph Anton, by Salman Rushdie
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterston
The Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson
The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst
Crusoe’s Daughter, by Jane Gardam
Kamchatka, by Marcelo Figueras
Prague Winter, by Madeleine Albright
The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obrecht
Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller
The Go-Between, by L.P. Hartley

Jeff’s Picks:
The Blackhouse, by Peter May
Prague Fatale, by Philip Kerr
Moment in the Sun, by John Sayles
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen L. Carter
House of the Hunted, by Mark Mills
The Gods of Gotham, by Lyndsay Faye
The Paris Deadline, by Max Byrd
The Yard, by Alex Grecian
Fatal Voyage, Gilded Lives, by Hugh Brewster
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, by Timothy Egan

Liz’s Picks:
Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, by Friedrich Christian Delius
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Patrick Melrose Novels, by Edward St. Aubyn
Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy
You Are Not Like Other Mothers, by Angelika Schrobsdorff
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth
Popular Crime, by Bill James
People Who Eat Darkness, by Richard Lloyd Parry

Marla’s Picks:
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng
Rysard Kapuscinski: A Life, by Artur Domoslawski
The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obrecht
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, by Jonathan Evison
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
The Beauty and the Sorrow, by Peter Englund
The Nine, by Jeffrey Toobin
The Last Gunfight, by Jeff Guinn
The Last Crossing, by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Stephanie’s Picks (children’s books):
Big Mean Mike, by Michelle Knudsen
Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, by Michael Buckley
The Duckling Wants a Cookie, by Mo Willems
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South, by Adam Rubin
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, by Jane O’Conner
I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen
The Cloud Spinner, by Michael Catchpool
Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon, by Ute Krause
Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett
Chicken Butt, by Erica S. Perl

(Friend of the Store) Don’s Picks:
These Dreams of You, by Steve Erickson
Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon
Time Done Won’t Be No More, by William Gay
This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz
Home, by Toni Morrison
The Map and the Territory, by Michel Houellebecq
Almost Never, by Daniel Sada
Varamo and The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira, by Cesar Aira (two, but they’re short!)
Lionel Asbo: State of England, by Martin Amis
Mountains of the Moon, by I.J. Kay