Shortlisted in the stacks

Following up on last week’s admission that not all my book advice is golden, I resorted to my favorite source of literary expertise:  co-workers.


I polled library staffers, requesting names of books they’ve recommended and later heard described as someone’s new favorite, “best book ever”, or “wonderful”.


The list of supremely well-received suggestions:



  • David Whyte’s The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self, and Relationship

  • The Sea by John Banville

  • Martin Millar: The Good Fairies of New York

  • William Goldman’s The Princess Bride

  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (and sequel Catching Fire; Mockingjay is due out in August)

  • Michael Kort’s The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

  • Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

  • L.M. Montgomery’s Emily series: Emily of New Moon; Emily Climbs; Emily’s Quest

If you try one of these or have advice for a can’t-miss read, we hope you’ll comment.

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