2012 Staff Book Picks

In late 2012, 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 Winter of the World  
Follett, Ken. Winter of the World. 2012.
Fiction FOL
Fiction FOL CD
Fiction FOL Kindle: Bestsellers 3
Spanish Fiction FOL Spanish Books

Best older book discovered this year...

Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 2008.
Fiction SHA
Fiction SHA CD
Fiction SHA eAudiobook
Fiction SHA Large Type
               Selected by Allison A.
 
     
Cover of The Miseducation of Cameron Post  
Alexie, Sherman. Blasphemy. 2012.
Fiction ALE
Brunt, Carol Rifka. Tell the Wolves I'm Home. 2012.
Fiction BRU
Fiction BRU CD
Danforth, Emily M. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012.
Teen Fiction DAN
Diaz, Junot. This Is How You Lose Her. 2012.
Fiction DIA
Fiction DIA CD
Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. 2012.
Fiction FLY
Fiction FLY CD
Fiction FLY eAudiobook
Fiction FLY eBook
Fiction FLY Kindle: Bestseller 2
Fiction FLY Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns. 2010.
305.896 W
305.896 W CD
305.896 W eBook
               Selected by Amita L.
 
     
Cover of The Signal and the Noise  
Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. 2012.
155.232 C
155.232 C CD
155.232 C eAudiobook
155.232 C eBook
155.232 C Large Type
Eggers, Dave. Hologram for the King. 2012.
Fiction EGG
Fiction EGG CD
Fiction EGG MP3
Silver, Nate. The Signal and the Noise. 2012.
519.542 S
519.542 S Kindle: Bestsellers 3
Tropper, Jonathan. One Last Thing Before I Go. 2012.
Fiction TRO
Fiction TRO Large Type
Ware, Chris. Building Stories. 2012.
Graphic Novel 741.5973 WAR

Best older book discovered this year...

Martin, George R.R. A Dance with Dragons. 2011.
Science Fiction MAR
Science Fiction MAR CD
Science Fiction MAR eAudiobook
Science Fiction MAR eBook
Science Fiction MAR Kindle: Bestsellers 1
Science Fiction MAR Kindle: Bestsellers 2
               Selected by Annabelle M.
 
     
Cover of Canada  
Ford, Richard. Canada. 2012.
Fiction FOR
Fiction FOR CD
Fiction FOR Large Type
Fiction FOR MP3

Best older books discovered this year...

Lapidus, Jens. Easy Money. 2011.
Fiction LEP
Winslow, Dan. Savages. 2010.
Fiction WIN
Fiction WIN CD
               Selected by Athens M.
 
     
Cover of Dawn of Empire  
Best older book discovered this year...

Barone, Sam. Dawn of Empire. 2006.
Fiction BAR
               Selected by Bill N.
 
     
Cover of Safe Haven  
Best older book discovered this year...

Sparks, Nicholas. Safe Haven. 2010.
Fiction SPA
Fiction SPA CD
Fiction SPA Large Type
               Selected by Bill O.
 
     
Cover of The Things They Carried  
Best older book discovered this year...

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. 1990.
Fiction OBR
Fiction OBR CD
               Selected by Camille C.
 
     
Cover of Interventions  
Russo, Richard. Interventions: A Novella & Three Stories. 2012.
Fiction RUS
               Selected by Selected by Carolyn A.
 
     
Cover of Death in the Floating City  
Alexander, Tasha. Death in the Floating City. 2012.
Mystery ALE
Mystery ALE CD
Keller, Julia. A Killing in the Hills. 2012.
Mystery KEL
Rayner, Sarah. One Moment, One Morning. 2012.
Fiction RAY
Todd, Charles. An Unmarked Grave. 2012.
Mystery TOD
Mystery TOD CD
Mystery TOD eBook
Mystery TOD Large Type
Tyler, Anne. The Beginner's Goodbye. 2012.
Fiction TYL
Fiction TYL CD
Fiction TYL eBook
Fiction TYL Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Caldwell, Laura. Burning the Map. 2002.
Fiction CAL
               Selected by Cecilia C.
 
     
Cover of Ten Poems to Say Goodbye  
Franzen, Jonathan. Farther Away. 2012.
814.54 F8374.fa
Housden, Roger. Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. 2012.
808.81 H
Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies. 2012.
Fiction MAN
Fiction MAN CD
Fiction MAN eAudiobook
Fiction MAN Kindle: Bestsellers 1
Fiction MAN Kindle: Bestsellers 2
Fiction MAN Large Type
Respini, Eva. Cindy Sherman. 2012.
779.24 S553re

Best older book discovered this year...

Everett, Percival. Erasure. 2001.
Fiction EVE
               Selected by Cheryl S.
 
     
Cover of Elegy for Eddie  
Winspear, Jacqueline. Elegy for Eddie. 2012.
Mystery WIN
Mystery WIN CD
Mystery WIN Large Type
               Selected by Deborah G.
 
     
Cover of Hungry Girl to the Max!  
Donsky, Andrea. Unjunk Your Junk Food. 2012.
642 D
Lillien, Lisa. Hungry Girl to the Max! 2012.
641.5635 L
Ostrofsky, Marc. Get Rich Click! 2012.
658.872 O

Best older book discovered this year...

Thompson, Flora. The Illustrated Lark Rise to Candleford. 1983.
914.257 T
               Selected by Dina K.
 
     
Cover of The Fault in Our Stars  
Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. 2012.
Teen Fiction GRE
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. 2012.
Teen Fiction HAR
Teen Fiction HAR CD
Price, Lissa. Starters. 2012.
Teen Fiction PRI
Youth Jr. High Fiction PRI CD
Youth Jr. High Fiction PRI Digital Player-Audio
Youth Jr. High Fiction PRI eBook

Best older book discovered this year...

Ness, Patrick. The Knife of Never Letting Go. 2008.
Teen Fiction NES
Youth Jr. High Fiction NES CD
Teen Fiction NES eBook
               Selected by Selected by Jessi S.
 
     
Cover of Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch  
Baggott, Julianna. Pure. 2012.
Fiction BAG
Fiction BAG CD
Barnett, Mac. Extra Yarn. 2012.
Youth Picture Book BAR
Christofferson, Britt-Marie. Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch. 2012.
746.432 C
Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. 2012.
Fiction JOY
Fiction JOY CD
Fiction JOY eBook
Fiction JOY Large Type
Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies. 2012.
Fiction MAN
Fiction MAN CD
Fiction MAN eAudiobook
Fiction MAN Kindle: Bestsellers 1
Fiction MAN Kindle: Bestsellers 2
Fiction MAN Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Nichols, Beverley. Laughter on the Stairs. 1953.
Fiction NIC
               Selected by Jessica G.
 
     
Cover of Dodger  
Arnold, Jeanne. Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century. 2012.
392.36 A
Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother? 2012.
Graphic Novel 741.5973 BEC
Pratchett, Terry. Dodger. 2012.
Teen Fiction PRA
Fiction PRA CD
Pratchett, Terry and Stephen Baxter. The Long Earth. 2012.
Science Fiction PRA
Science Fiction PRA CD
Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. 2012.
372.21 T
372.21 T CD

Best older book discovered this year...

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 2010.
616.02774 S
616.02774 S CD
616.02774 S eAudiobook
616.02774 S eBook
616.02774 S Large Type
               Selected by Joey L.
 
     
Cover of Calling Invisible Women  
Barry, Dave. Lunatics. 2012.
Fiction BAR
Fiction BAR CD
Ray, Jeanne. Calling Invisible Women. 2012.
Fiction RAY
Rockland, Kate. 150 Pounds. 2012.
Fiction ROC
Wentworth, Alexandra. Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales. 2012.
B W4774.aL

Best older book discovered this year...

Keret, Etgar. The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories. 2004.
Fiction KER
Yates, Jon. What's Your Problem? 2011.
381.34 Y
               Selected by Julie M.
 
     
Cover of Not Taco Bell Material  
Black, Michael Ian. You're Not Doing It Right. 2012.
818.6 B6277.yo
Carolla, Adam. Not Taco Bell Material. 2012.
818.6 C2927.no
Stein, Joel. Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity. 2012.
818.6 S8185.ma
               Selected by by Kevin T.
 
     
Cover of The Newlyweds  
Attenberg, Jami. The Middlesteins. 2012.
Fiction ATT
Fiction ATT CD
Fiction ATT Kindle: Bestsellers 3
Fiction ATT Large Type
Freudenberger, Nell. The Newlyweds. 2012.
Fiction FRE
Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. 2012.
Fiction JOY
Fiction JOY CD
Fiction JOY eBook
Fiction JOY Large Type
Russo, Richard. Elsewhere. 2012.
B R9697.eL
B R9697.eL CD
B R9697.eL eAudiobook
B R9697.eL eBook
B R9697.eL Large Type

Best older books discovered this year...

Barnes, Julian. The Sense of an Ending. 2011.
Fiction BAR
Fiction BAR CD
Fiction BAR eAudiobook
Fiction BAR eBook
Fiction BAR Large Type
Flynn, Nick. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. 2004.
818.6 F6485.an
               Selected by Lee L.
 
     
Cover of The Marriage Plot  
Danforth, Emily. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012.
Fiction DAN
Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. 2012.
Teen Fiction GRE
Rosenblum, Sarah Terez. Herself When She's Missing. 2012.
 
Strayed, Cheryl. Tiny Beautiful Things. 2012.
070.444 S
070.444 S CD

Best older books discovered this year...

Hornby, Nick. A Long Way Down. 2005.
Fiction HOR
Levithan, David. The Lover's Dictionary. 2011.
Fiction LEV
Eugenides, Jeffrey. The Marriage Plot. 2011.
Fiction EUG
Fiction EUG CD
Fiction EUG eBook: Sony eReader
Fiction EUG Large Type
               Selected by Louise T.
 
     
Cover of The Snow Child  
Ivey, Eowyn. The Snow Child. 2012.
Fiction IVE
Fiction IVE CD
Fiction IVE Large Type
Feldman, Deborah. Unorthodox. 2012.
296.8332 F
296.8332 F CD
Kingsolver, Barbara. Flight Behavior. 2012.
Fiction KIN
Fiction KIN CD
Fiction KIN eBook
Fiction KIN Kindle: Bestsellers 3
Fiction KIN Large Type
Netzer, Lydia. Shine Shine Shine. 2012.
Fiction NET
Fiction NET CD
Fiction NET eAudiobook
Strayed, Cheryl. Wild. 2012.
818.6 S9136.w
818.6 S9136.w CD
818.6 S9136.w eAudiobook
818.6 S9136.w eBook
818.6 S9136.w Kindle: Bestsellers 1
818.6 S9136.w Kindle: Bestsellers 2

Best older book discovered this year...

Murphy, Yannick. The Call. 2011.
Fiction MUR
Fiction MUR CD
               Selected by Lukie M.
 
     
Cover of Gone Girl  
Faye, Lyndsay. The Gods of Gotham. 2012.
Mystery FAY
Mystery FAY CD
Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. 2012.
Fiction FLY
Fiction FLY CD
Fiction FLY eAudiobook
Fiction FLY eBook
Fiction FLY Kindle: Bestsellers 2
Fiction FLY Large Type
O'Malley, Daniel. The Rook. 2012.
Science Fiction OMA
Science Fiction OMA CD
Science Fiction OMA eAudiobook
Palacio, R.J. Wonder. 2012.
Youth Fiction PAL
Youth Fiction PAL CD
Youth Fiction PAL eBook
Sloan, Robin. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. 2012.
Fiction SLO
Fiction SLO eAudiobook
Fiction SLO Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Quick, Matthew. The Silver Linings Playbook. 2008.
Fiction QUI
Fiction QUI eAudiobook
               Selected by Lynnanne P.
 
     
Cover of Some Kind of Fairy Tale  
Fay, Kim. The Map of Lost Memories. 2012.
Fiction FAY
Fiction FAY CD
Ivey, Eowyn. The Snow Child. 2012.
Fiction IVE
Fiction IVE CD
Fiction IVE Large Type
Joyce, Graham. Some Kind of Fairy Tale. 2012.
Fiction JOY
Walker, Karen Thompson. The Age of Miracles. 2012.
Fiction WAL
Fiction WAL CD
Fiction WAL eAudiobook
Fiction WAL eBook
Fiction WAL Kindle: Bestsellers 2
Fiction WAL Large Type
               Selected by Marilee H.
 
     
Cover of The Bear in the Book  
Banks, Kate. The Bear in the Book. 2012.
Youth Picture Book BAN
Doyle, Roddy. A Greyhound of a Girl. 2012.
Youth Fiction DOY
Palacio, R.J. Wonder. 2012.
Youth Fiction PAL
Youth Fiction PAL CD
Youth Fiction PAL eBook
Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. 2012.
Teen Fiction WEI

Best older book discovered this year...

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. 2011.
Youth Jr. High Fiction NES
Youth Jr. High Fiction NES CD
               Selected by Mary M.
 
     
Cover of The Chaperone  
Erdrich, Louise. The Round House. 2012.
Fiction ERD
Fiction ERD CD
Fiction ERD eBook
Fiction ERD Large Type
Moriarty, Laura. The Chaperone. 2012.
Fiction MOR
Fiction MOR CD
Fiction MOR eAudiobook
Fiction MOR Large Type
Strayed, Cheryl. Tiny Beautiful Things. 2012.
070.444 S
070.444 S CD
Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. 2012.
Teen Fiction GRE
Joyce, William. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. 2012.
Youth Picture Book JOY

Best older book discovered this year...

Abercrombie, Joe. The Blade Itself. 2007.
Science Fiction ABE
               Selected by Megan R.
 
     
Cover of Cold Days  
Abercrombie, Joe. Red Country. 2012.
Science Fiction ABE
Butcher, Jim. Cold Days. 2012.
Science Fiction BUT
Science Fiction BUT CD
Card, Orson Scott. Earth Unaware. 2012.
Science Fiction CAR
Science Fiction CAR CD
Isay, Dave. All There Is: Love Stories From Storycorps. 2012.
302.3 A
302.3 A CD

Best older book discovered this year...

Fforde, Jasper. Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron. 2009.
Science Fiction FFO
Science Fiction FFO Large Type
               Selected by Mikael J.
 
     
Cover of The Secret Keeper  
Brunt, Carol Rifka. Tell the Wolves I'm Home. 2012.
Fiction BRU
Fiction BRU CD
Fiction BRU eAudiobook
Fiction BRU eBook
Iversen, Kristen. Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. 2012.
363.1799 I
Katz, Sandor Ellix. The Art of Fermentation. 2012.
664.024 K
Morton, Kate. The Secret Keeper. 2012.
Fiction MAR
Fiction MAR CD

Best older book discovered this year...

Weiner, Eric. The Geography of Bliss. 2008.
910.4 W
               Selected by Nancy H.
 
     
Cover of Cast in Peril  
Aguirre, Ann. Outpost. 2012.
Teen Fiction AGU
Carson, Rae. The Crown of Embers. 2012.
Teen Fiction CAR
Moon, Elizabeth. Echoes of Betrayal. 2012.
Science Fiction MOO
Science Fiction MOO CD
Sagara, Michelle. Cast in Peril. 2012.
Science Fiction SAG
Spencer, Wen. Elfhome. 2012.
               Selected by Pat G.
 
     
Cover of Running the Rift  
Ivey, Eowyn. The Snow Child. 2012.
Fiction IVE
Fiction IVE CD
Fiction IVE Large Type
Benaron, Naomi. Running the Rift. 2012.
Fiction BEN
Fiction BEN Adult Digital Player
Fiction BEN CD
Fiction BEN Large Type
Heller, Peter. The Dog Stars. 2012.
Fiction HEL
Fiction HEL CD
Fiction HEL eBook
Coplin, Amanda. The Orchardist. 2012.
Fiction COP
Fiction COP Large Type
Stedman, M. L. The Light Between Oceans. 2012.
Fiction STE
Fiction STE Large Type
               Selected by Roseann S.
 
     
Cover of Hollow Earth  
Barrowman, John and Carole E. Hollow Earth. 2012.
Youth Fiction BAR
Fforde, Jasper. The Woman Who Died A Lot. 2012.
Science Fiction FFO
Science Fiction FFO CD
Foglio, Phil. Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess. 2012.
Science Fiction FOG
Science Fiction FOG CD
Winspear, Jacqueline. Elegy for Eddie. 2012.
Mystery WIN
Mystery WIN CD
Mystery WIN eAudiobook
Mystery WIN Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Harkness, Deborah. A Discovery of Witches. 2011.
Science Fiction HAR
Science Fiction HAR CD
Science Fiction HAR Large Type
               Selected by Sharon W.
 
     
Cover of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  
Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. 2012.
305.5690954 B
305.5690954 B CD
305.5690954 B eAudiobook
305.5690954 B eBook
305.5690954 B Large Type
Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. 2012.
Fiction JOY
Fiction JOY CD
Fiction JOY eBook
Fiction JOY Large Type
Ratner, Vaddey. In the Shadow of the Banyan. 2012.
Fiction RAT
Fiction RAT Large Type
Tan, Twan Eng. The Garden of Evening Mists. 2012.
Fiction TAN
Fiction TAN eBook

Best older book discovered this year...

Massie, Robert K. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. 2011.
B C3635ma
B C3635ma CD
B C3635ma eBook
B C3635ma Large Type
               Selected by Sheila D.
 
     
Cover of Stone's Fall  
Binet, Laurent. HHhH. 2012.
Fiction BIN
Brown, Craig. Hello Goodbye Hello. 2012.
082 B
Fortey, Richard. Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms. 2012.
595 F
Mallon, Thomas. Watergate. 2012.
Fiction MAL
Fiction MAL eBook
Worsley, Lucy. If Walls Could Talk. 2012.
306.850942 W

Best older book discovered this year...

Pears, Iain. Stone's Fall. 2009.
Mystery PEA
Mystery PEA CD
Mystery PEA Large Type
               Selected by Steven J.
 
     
Cover of The Magic Room  
James, Eloisa. Paris in Love. 2012.
B J2768.pa
B J2768.pa CD
B J2768.pa eBook
Harkness, Deborah. Shadow of Night. 2012.
Science Fiction HAR
Science Fiction HAR CD
Science Fiction HAR Large Type
Moriarty, Laura. The Chaperone. 2012.
Fiction MOR
Fiction MOR CD
Fiction MOR eAudiobook
Fiction MOR Large Type
Walker, Karen Thompson. The Age of Miracles. 2012.
Fiction WAL
Fiction WAL CD
Fiction WAL eAudiobook
Fiction WAL eBook
Fiction WAL Kindle: Bestsellers 2
Fiction WAL Large Type
Zaslow, Jeffrey. The Magic Room. 2012.
306.874 Z
306.874 Z CD
306.874 Z Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Doig, Ivan. English Creek. 1985.
Fiction DOI
               Selected by Terry R.
 
     
Cover of How Music Works  
Byrne, David. How Music Works. 2012.
780.9 B
Vaughan, Brian K. and Fiona Staples. Saga. 2012.
741.5973 VAU PBK v.1
Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. 2012.
Fiction FLY
Fiction FLY CD
Fiction FLY eAudiobook
Fiction FLY eBook
Fiction FLY Kindle: Bestsellers 2
Fiction FLY Large Type

Best older book discovered this year...

Abbott, Megan. Queenpin. 2007.
Mystery ABB
               Selected by Toby G.