Archive for December 14th, 2012

Staff Favorites 2012

It’s always fun to send out the memos to the staff for their favorite reads of the year – I never know what I’m going to get back. The great thing is that we are pretty diverse in our interests, so hopefully our patrons can always find something they like through one of our recommendations. For this year, may we suggest:


Published in 2012:

Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter (Jennifer)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo (Nirmala and Jennifer)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Deborah Moggach (Kate)

Betrayal – Danielle Steel (Whitney)

Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (Aarika)

Darth Vader and Son – Jeffrey Brown (Beth)

Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson (Amy)

Force of Nature – C.J. Box (Barbara)

Helen Keller in Love – Rosie Sultan (Susan)

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln – Stephen L. Carter (Jennifer)

Ironskin – Tina Connoly (Jessica)

Judgment Call – J.A. Jance (Barbara)

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot – Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Josie)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson (Havilah)

Monday Mornings – Sanjay Gupta (Nirmala)

No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL – Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (Adam)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain (Cody)

Tiger’s Destiny – Colleen Houck (Amy)

The Trail of the Spellmans – Lisa Lutz (Beth)

Wicked Business – Janet Evanovich (Kathleen)

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life – Galina Mindlin (Kay-Leigh)


Older Books:

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Change My Life – John Kralik (Susan)

Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen (Aaricka)

American Assassin – Vince Flynn (Barbara)

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Larson (Beth)

The Eighty-Dollar Champion – Elizabeth Letts (Kate and Havilah)

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope – Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly (Nirmala)

The Hero and the Crown – Robin McKinley (Jessica)

Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins (Kate)

Junkyard Dogs – Craig Johnson (Barbara)

Life of Pi – Yann Martel (Adam)

Memory Wall – Anthony Doerr (Beth)

The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times – Jennifer Worth (Kay-Leigh)

Please Look After Mom – Kyung-Suk Shin (Nirmala)

Riddle of the Wren – Charles de Lint (Kathleen)

Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey – Rachel Simon (Susan)

Sanibel Flats (and the other Doc Ford novels) – Randy Wayne White (Kate)

Silver Phoenix – Cindy Pon (Whitney)

The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen (Amy)

Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand (Havilah)

Wicked: The Life and Ties of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire (Cody)

The World of Downton Abbey – Jessica and Julian Fellowes (Amy)

Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual – Marty Becker (Josie)