Best Books of 2012

Can you believe it’s been another year? 2012 just seemed to fly by – which I suppose shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s been a windy year here in Southern Idaho.

Regardless, here’s our annual wrap-up of Best Books. We chose three lists for three different reasons: The New York Times (which has a literary bent), Amazon.com (with a look at some of the most popular reads), and Publishers Weekly (which pulls from many different genres). As with every year, there were a few titles that overlapped all three lists – the best of the best, you could say. They are listed below (with an * for the ones I enjoyed). With such great recommendations, you’re sure to enjoy one of them!

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FICTION:

Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter*

Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel

Dear Life: Stories – Alice Munro

A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers

The Round House – Louise Erdrich

This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers

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NONFICTION:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo*

The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 – Anne Applebaum

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – And the Evil that Swallowed Her Up – Richard Lloyd Parry

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis – Timothy Egan

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Look for Staff Favorites next week!

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