2013 Staff Book Picks

In late 2013, Skokie Public Library staff were asked to select their favorite books read during the year. Here are the results!

Click on the call number to check the status of the book in the Skokie Public Library catalog. And, in case you missed them, it's not too late to see our Annual Staff Picks for books, films, and music from 2002 to the present!


Cover of Long Division  
Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half. 2013.
792.7028092 B
Laymon, Kiese. Long Division. 2013.
Fiction LAY
Nussbaum, Susan. Good Kings Bad Kings. 2013.
Fiction NUS
Fiction NUS eBook
Ozeki, Ruth L. A Tale for the Time Being. 2013.
Fiction OZE
Fiction OZE CD
Fiction OZE eBook
Fiction OZE Large Type

Best older books discovered this year...

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half of a Yellow Sun. 2006.
Fiction ADI
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. 2012.
Fiction SAE PBK
               Selected by Amita L.
     
Cover of And the Mountains Echoed  
Hosseini, Khaled. And the Mountains Echoed. 2013.
Fiction HOS
Fiction HOS CD
Fiction HOS eBook
Fiction HOS Large Type
Fiction HOS Spanish
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland. 2013.
Fiction LAH
Fiction LAH CD
Fiction LAH eBook
Fiction LAH Large Type
Strout, Elizabeth. The Burgess Boys. 2013.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
Fiction STR Large Type
Thompson, Jean. The Humanity Project. 2013.
Fiction THO
Fiction THO CD
Walker, Karen Thompson. The Age of Miracles. 2013.
Fiction WAL
Fiction WAL CD
Fiction WAL eAudiobook
Fiction WAL eBook
Fiction WAL Kindle
Fiction WAL Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Umrigar, Thrity. The Space between Us. 2005.
Fiction UMR
Fiction UMR CD
Fiction UMR Large Type
               Selected by Anne O.
     
Cover of The Thirteen Clocks  
Best older book discovered this year...
Thurber, James. The Thirteen Clocks. 1950.
Fiction THU
               Selected by Bill N.
 
     
Cover of The Walking Dead  
Best older book discovered this year...
Kirkman, Robert. The Walking Dead, Book 1. 2004.
741.5973 KIR
               Selected by Bill O.
 
     
Cover of The Cuckoo's Calling  
Fink, Sherri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. 2013.
362.1109763 F
362.1109763 F CD
362.1109763 F eBook
Galbraith, Robert. The Cuckoo’s Calling. 2013.
Mystery GAL
Mystery GAL CD
Mystery GAL eBook
Mystery GAL Large Type
Hood, Ann. The Obituary Writer. 2013.
Fiction HOO
Fiction HOO Large Type
Keller, Julia. Bitter River. 2013.
Mystery KEL
Strout, Elizabeth. The Burgess Boys. 2013.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
Fiction STR Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya. Secret Daughter. 2010.
Fiction GOW
Fiction GOW CD
               Selected by Cecilia C.
 
     
Cover of Cooked  
Burkeman, Oliver. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. 2013.
158 B
Pollan, Michael. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. 2013.
641.5 P
641.5 P CD
641.5 P Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Auster, Paul. The New York Trilogy. 1994.
Fiction AUS
Fiction AUS CD
               Selected by Cheryl S.
     
Cover of The Unwinding  
Jaglom, Henry. My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles. 2013.
791.43023 W449ja
Lepore, Jill. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. 2013.
973.3092 L
973.3092 L eBook
Packer, George. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. 2013.
973.924 P
Saunders, George. Tenth of December: Stories. 2013.
Fiction SAU
Fiction SAU CD
Fiction SAU eAudiobook
Fiction SAU Large Type
Fiction SAU Kindle
Seitz, Matt Zoller. The Wes Anderson Collection. 2013.
Nonfiction

Best older book discovered this year...

Stegner, Wallace. The Big Rock Candy Mountain. 1957.
Fiction STE
               Selected by Chris B.
     
Cover of Inferno  
Brown, Dan. Inferno. 2013.
Fiction BRO
Fiction BRO CD
Fiction BRO eAudiobook
Fiction BRO Large Type
Fiction BRO Kindle
Fiction BRO Russian
Galbraith, Robert. The Cuckoo’s Calling. 2013.
Mystery GAL
Mystery GAL CD
Mystery GAL eBook
Mystery GAL Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Gethers, Peter. The Cat Who Went to Paris. 1991.
818.54 G3945.ca Large Type
Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary. 2011.
Youth Jr High Fiction MEL
Youth Jr High Fiction MEL CD
Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. 2010.
305.896 W
305.896 W CD
305.896 W eBook
               Selected by Dina K.
 
     
Cover of Night Film  
Baker, Jo. Longbourn. 2013.
Fiction BAK
Fiction BAK CD
Fiction BAK eAudiobook
Fiction BAK eBook
FictionBAK Large Type
Boynton, Sandra. Frog Trouble: Deluxe Songbook. 2013.
Youth Nonfiction-Easy 782.42 B
Manceau, Edouard. Windblown. 2013.
Youth Picture Book MAN
Pessl, Marisha. Night Film. 2013.
Fiction PES
Fiction PES CD
Fiction PES eBook
Sedaris, David. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. 2013.
817.54 S4474.Le
817.54 S4474.Le CD
817.54 S4474.Le eAudiobook
817.54 S4474.Le eBook
817.54 S4474.Le Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. 2012.
Youth Jr High Fiction SAE
               Selected by Emily C.
 
     
Cover of Merivel  
Baker, Jo. Longbourn. 2013.
Fiction BAK
Fiction BAK CD
Fiction BAK eAudiobook
Fiction BAK eBook
FictionBAK Large Type
Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. 2013.
Teen Fiction CAR
Teen Fiction CAR CD
Teen Fiction CAR eBook
Moriarty, Liane. The Husband’s Secret. 2013.
Fiction MOR
Fiction MOR CD
Fiction MOR Large Type
Paul, Caroline. Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology. 2013.
636.8 P
Tremain, Rose. Merivel. 2013.
Fiction TRE

Best older book discovered this year...

O'Malley, Daniel. The Rook. 2012.
Science Fiction OMA
Science Fiction OMA CD
Science Fiction OMA eAudiobook
               Selected by Jessica G.
 
     
Cover of Sycamore Row  
Grisham, John. Sycamore Row. 2013.
Fiction GRI
Fiction GRI CD
Fiction GRI eBook
Fiction GRI Large Type
Laymon, Kiese. Long Division. 2013.
Fiction LAY
Lipman, Elinor. I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays. 2013.
814.54 L7646.i
814.54 L7646.i eAudiobook
Nugent, Alida. Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood. 2013.
818.6 N9662.do

Best older book discovered this year...

Cooking Light Oops!: 209 Solutions for Everyday Kitchen Mistakes. 2012.
641.5 C
               Selected by Julie M.
 
     
Cover of Fivve Days at Memorial  
Drury, Tom. Pacific. 2013.
Fiction DRU
Fiction DRU CD
Fiction DRU Spanish
Fink, Sherri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. 2013.
362.1109763 F
362.1109763 F CD
362.1109763 F eBook
Halpern, Sue. Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. 2013.
615.85158 H
Saunders, George. Tenth of December: Stories. 2013.
Fiction SAU
Fiction SAU CD
Fiction SAU eAudiobook
Fiction SAU Large Type
Fiction SAU Kindle
Thompson, Jean. The Humanity Project. 2013.
Fiction THO
Fiction THO CD

Best older book discovered this year...

Rubens, Bernice. The Elected Member. 1969.
Fiction RUB
               Selected by Lee L.
 
     
Cover of We Are Water  
Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 2013.
Science Fiction GAI
Science Fiction GAI CD
Lamb, Wally. We Are Water. 2013.
Fiction LAM
Fiction LAM CD
Fiction LAM Large Type
Levithan, David. Two Boys Kissing. 2013.
Teen Fiction LEV
Teen Fiction LEV eBook
Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. 2013.
Teen Fiction ROW
Teen Fiction ROW CD
Sittenfeld, Curtis. Sisterland. 2013.
Fiction SIT
Fiction SIT CD
Fiction SIT eBook
Fiction SIT Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Danforth, Emily. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012.
Teen Fiction DAN
               Selected by Louise T.
 
     
Cover of A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea  
Atkinson, Kate. Life after Life. 2013.
Fiction ATK
Fiction ATK CD
Fiction ATK eAudiobook
Fiction ATK eBook
Fiction ATK Large Type
Kimberling, Brian. Snapper. 2013.
Fiction KIM
Moriarty, Liane. The Husband’s Secret. 2013.
Fiction
Fiction MOR CD
Fiction MOR Large Type
Nayeri, Dina. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea. 2013.
Fiction NAY
Fiction NAY CD
Fiction NAY eAudiobook
Saunders, George. Tenth of December: Stories. 2013.
Fiction SAU
Fiction SAU CD
Fiction SAU eAudiobook
Fiction SAU eBook
Fiction SAU Large Type
Fiction SAU Kindle

Best older book discovered this year...

Shipstead, Maggie. Seating Arrangements. 2012.
Fiction SHI
Fiction SHI eBook
               Selected by Lukie M.
 
     
Cover of The Golem and the Jinni  
Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. 2013.
Youth Fiction GRA
Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs. 2013.
Fiction MES
Fiction MES eAudiobook
Fiction MES eBook
Fiction MES Large Type
Meyer, Philipp. The Son. 2013.
Western MEY
Western MEY Large Type
Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. 2013.
Teen Fiction ROW
Teen Fiction ROW CD
Teen Fiction ROW eAudiobook
Teen Fiction ROW Kindle
Wecker, Helene. The Golem and the Jinni. 2013.
Fiction WEC
Fiction WEC eAudiobook
Fiction WEC Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Pessl, Marisha. Special Topics in Calamity Physics. 2006.
Fiction PES
Fiction PES CD
               Selected by Lynnanne P.
 
     
Cover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane  
Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 2013.
Science Fiction GAI
Science Fiction GAI CD
Pessl, Marisha. Night Film. 2013.
Fiction PES
Fiction PES CD
Fiction PES eBook
Best older book discovered this year...
Eng, Tan Twan. Garden of Evening Mists. 2012.
Fiction TAN
Fiction TAN CD
Fiction TAN eBook
               Selected by Marilee H.
     
Cover of Fantasy Life  
Berry, Matthew. Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It. 2013.
796.1 B
Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half. 2013.
792.7028092 B
               Selected by Mikael J.
     
Cover of Hyperbole and a Half  
Velasquez-Manoff, Moises. An Epidemic of Absence. 2013.
616.97 V
Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half. 2013.
792.7028092 B
Marra, Anthony. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. 2013.
Fiction MAR
Fiction MAR eBook
Chamovitz, Daniel. What a Plant Knows. 2013.
571.2 C
Smart, Elizabeth. My Story. 2013.
364.154092 S
364.154092 S CD

Best older book discovered this year...

Palacio, R. J. Wonder. 2012.
Youth Fiction PAL
Youth Fiction PAL CD
Youth Fiction PAL eBook
               Selected by Nancy H.
 
     
 
Andrews, Donna. Duck the Halls. 2013.
Mystery AND
Mystery AND CD
Mystery AND Large Print
Andrews, Ilona. Magic Rises. 2013.
Science Fiction AND
Science Fiction AND CD
Shinn, Sharon. Royal Airs. 2013.
Science Fiction SHI
Silver, Eve. Rush. 2013.
Teen Fiction SIL
Singh, Nalini. Archangel’s Legion. 2013.
Romance SIN
Romance SIN CD

Best older book discovered this year...

Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. 2012.
Teen Fiction MEY
               Selected by Pat G.
 
     
Cover a A Tale for the Time Being  
Holzman, Edgardo David. Malena. 2013.
Fiction HOL
Marra, Anthony. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. 2013.
Fiction MAR
Fiction MAR eBook
Morse, Eleanor Lincoln. White Dog Fell from the Sky. 2013.
Fiction MOR
Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being. 2013.
Fiction OZE
Fiction OZE CD
Fiction OZE eAudiobook
Fiction OZE Large Type
Slouka, Mark. Brewster. 2013.
Fiction SLO
               Selected by Roseann S.
 
     
Cover of The English Girl  
Barker, Emily Croy. The Thinking Woman's Guide To Real Magic. 2013.
Science Fiction BAR
Science Fiction BAR CD
Howard, A. G. Splintered. 2013.
Teen Fiction HOW
Teen Fiction HOW CD
Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. 2013.
Teen Fiction ROW
Teen Fiction ROW CD
Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. 2013.
Teen Fiction ROW
Teen Fiction ROW CD
Teen Fiction ROW eAudiobook
Teen Fiction ROW Kindle
Silva, Daniel. The English Girl. 2013.
Fiction SIL
Fiction SIL CD
Fiction SIL Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. 2006.
Youth Jr High Fiction ZUS
Youth Jr High Fiction ZUS CD
Youth Jr High Fiction ZUS eAudiobook
Youth Jr High Fiction ZUS eBook
Youth Jr High Fiction ZUS Large Type
Youth Jr High Fiction ZUS Youth Digital Player-Audio
Hebrew Fiction ZUS Hebrew
Russian Fiction ZUS Russian
               Selected by Sharon W.
 
     
Cover of Gulp  
Druon, Maurice. The Iron King. 2013.
Fiction DRU
Jones, Dan. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England. 2013.
942.03 J
942.03 J CD
Palliser, Charles. Rustication. 2013.
Fiction PAL
Roach, Mary. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. 2013.
612.3 R
612.3 R CD
612.3 R Large Type
Searles, John. Help for the Haunted. 2013.
Fiction SEA
Fiction SEA Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Vowell, Sarah. Assassination Vacation. 2005.
973.099 V
973.099 V CD
               Selected by Steven J.
 
     
 
Fink, Sherri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. 2013.
362.1109763 F
362.1109763 F CD
362.1109763 F eBook
Gillen, Kieron and Jamie McKelvie. Young Avengers. 2013.
Teen Graphic Novel
Kraus. Daniel. Scowler. 2013.
Teen Fiction KRA
Pessl, Marisha. Night Film. 2013.
Fiction PES
Fiction PES CD
Fiction PES eBook
Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. 2013.
Teen Fiction ROW
Teen Fiction ROW CD
Teen Fiction ROW eAudiobook
Teen Fiction ROW Kindle

Best older book discovered this year...

Izzo, Jean-Claude. Total Chaos. 2005.
Mystery IZZ
               Selected by Toby G.