2008 Staff Book Picks

In early 2009, Skokie Public Library staff were asked to select their favorite books read in 2008. 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!


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Brokenbrough, Martha. Things that Make Us [Sic]: The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Takes on Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the White House, and the World. 2008.
Adult Nonfiction
Fisher, Carrie. Wishful Drinking. 2008.
B F53325.wi
B F53325.wi CD
Lee, Ingrid. Dog Lost. 2008.
Youth Fiction LEE
Martin, James, S.J. A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life's Big Questions. 2007.
812.6 M
Muth, Jon J. Zen Ties. 2008.
Youth Picture Book MUT
               Selected by Amanda O.
     
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Atkinson, Kate. When Will There Be Good News? 2008.
Fiction ATK
Fiction ATK CD
Collins, James. Beginner's Greek. 2008.
Fiction COL
Klosterman, Chuck. Downtown Owl. 2008.
Fiction KLO
Fiction KLO CD
Novik, Naomi. Victory of Eagles. 2008.
Science Fiction NOV
Science Fiction NOV CD
Science Fiction NOV eAudiobook
O'Nan, Stewart. Songs for the Missing. 2008.
Fiction ONA
Fiction ONA CD
Fiction ONA Large Type
               Selected by Annabelle M.
     
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Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants. 2006.
Fiction GRU
Fiction GRU CD
Fiction GRU Large Type
Fiction GRU eAudiobook
Fiction GRU Adult Digital Player
Hiaasen, Carl. The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. 2008.
796.352092 H
796.352092 H CD
796.352092 H Large Type
796.352092 H eAudiobook
Hoffman, Alice. The Third Angel. 2008.
Fiction HOF
Fiction HOF CD
Fiction HOF eAudiobook
Kruger, William Kent. The Devil's Bed. 2003.
Mystery KRU
Mystery KRU eAudiobook
Lyall, Sarah. Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British. 2008.
941.086 L
941.086 L CD
               Selected by Cecilia C .
     
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Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. 2008.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction Science Fiction DOC
Youth Jr Hi Fiction Science Fiction DOC CD
Mazer, Norma Fox. The Missing Girl. 2008.
Teen Fiction MAZ
               Selected by Holly J.
     
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Kuribayashi, Tadamichi. Picture Letters from the Commander in Chief. 2007.
940.542528 K
Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. 2008.
613 P
613 P CD
613 P Large Type
Saunders, George. The Braindead Megaphone: Essays. 2007.
817.54 S2574.br
Pratchett, Terry. Nation. 2008.
Teen Fiction PRA
Teen Fiction PRA CD
Teen Fiction PRA eAudiobook
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. 2008.
Youth Fiction GAI
Youth Fiction GAI Large Type
Youth Fiction GAI CD
Youth Fiction GAI eAudiobook
               Selected by Joey L.
     
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Ariely, Dan. Predictably Irrational. 2008.
330.019 A
330.019 A CD
Bennett, Alan. The Uncommon Reader. 2007.
Fiction BEN
Fiction BEN CD
Fiction BEN Large Type
Carter, W. Hodding. Off the Deep End: The Probably Insane Idea That I Could Swim My Way Through a Midlife Crisis--and Qualify for the Olympics. 2008.
797.21092 C
Sey, Jennifer. Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams. 2008.
796.44 S
Wilder-Taylor, Stephanie. Naptime is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down. 2008.
306.8743 W
               Selected by Laura M.
     
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Danticat, Edwidge. Brother, I'm Dying. 2007.
B D1934.br
B D1934.br CD
Eggers, Dave. What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. 2006.
Fiction EGG
Livesey, Margot. The House on Fortune Street. 2008.
Fiction LIV
Pollock, Daniel Ray. Knockemstiff. 2008.
Fiction POL
An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family. 2007.
362.0425 U
               Selected by Lee L.
     
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Joyce, Graham. Facts of Life. 2003.
Fiction JOY
Kimmel, Haven. She Got Up off the Couch. 2006.
818.6 K496.sh
818.6 K496.sh CD
Nothomb, Amelie. The Character of Rain. 2002.
Fiction NOT
Pancake, Ann. Strange as This Weather Has Been. 2007.
Fiction PAN
Shapiro, Jeff. Renato's Luck. 2000.
Fiction SHA
               Selected by Lukie M.
     
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Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. 2008.
Fiction JOR
Fiction JOR CD
Joyce, Graham. Facts of Life. 2003.
Fiction JOY
Starling, Belinda. Journal of Dora Damage. 2006.
Fiction STA
               Selected by Marilee H.
     
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Grisham, John. The Appeal. 2008.
Fiction GRI
Fiction GRI CD
Fiction GRI Large Type
Fiction GRI eAudiobook
Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. 2008.
Fiction JOR
Fiction JOR CD
Lively, Penelope. Consequences. 2007.
Fiction LIV
Fiction LIV CD
Fiction LIV Large Type
O'Flynn, Catherine. What Was Lost. 2007.
Fiction OFL
Fiction OFL CD
Fiction OFL eAudiobook
O'Nan, Stewart. Last Night at the Lobster. 2007.
Fiction ONA
Fiction ONA CD
Fiction ONA eAudiobook
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. 2008.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR Large Type
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
               Selected by Mary C.
     
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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains: Seeds of America. 2008.
Fiction AND
Epstein, Joseph. In a Cardboard Belt!: Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage. 2007.
814.54E6417.in
Jones, Judith. The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food. 2007.
641.5092 J
Lansens, Lori. The Girls. 2005.
Fiction LAN
Fiction LAN CD
Vowell Sarah. The Wordy Shipmates. 2008.
972.04 Y
972.04 Y CD
               Selected by Maryann M.
     
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Bryson, Bill. In a Sunburned Country. 2000.
919.4 B
919.4 B CD
919.4 B Large Type
919.4 B eAudiobook
Coetzee, J.M. Foe. 1987.
Fiction COE
Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism. 2008.
303.66082 F
Francis, John. Planetwalker. 2008.
B F8187.pL
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. 2006.
Fiction MCC
Fiction MCC CD
Fiction MCC Large Type
Fiction MCC eBook
               Selected by Matt M.
     
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Frey, James. Bright Shiny Morning. 2008.
Fiction FRE
Fiction FRE eAudiobook
Koppel, Lilly. Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life through the Pages of a Lost Journal. 2008.
B H8634ko
Price, Richard. Lush Life. 2008.
Fiction PRI
Fiction PRI Large Type
Fiction PRI CD
Fiction PRI eAudiobook
Steinberg, Neil. Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life. 2008.
616.861092 S
Simon, Scott. Windy City. 2008.
Fiction SIM
               Selected by Pam W.
     
Cover  
Epstein, Joseph. In a Cardboard Belt!: Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage. 2007.
814.54 E6417.in
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. 2008.
Youth Fiction GAI
Youth Fiction GAI Large Type
Youth Fiction GAI CD
Youth Fiction GAI eAudiobook
McClelland, Ted. The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes. 2008.
917.704 M
Roiphe, Katie. Uncommon Arrangements. 2007.
828.91209 R
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. 2008.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR Large Type
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
               Selected by Pat Gr.
     
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Bageant, Joe. Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War. 2007.
305.50973 B
Benioff, David. City of Thieves. 2008.
Fiction BEN
Fiction BEN CD
Fiction BEN Large Type
Galloway, Steven. The Cellist of Sarajevo.2008 .
Fiction GAL
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo. The Painter of Battles. 2008.
Fiction PER
Fiction PER CD
Fiction PER eAudiobook
Scottoline, Lisa. Lady Killer. 2008.
Fiction SCO
Fiction SCO CD
Fiction SCO Large Type
Fiction SCO eAudiobook
Fiction SCO eBook
               Selected by Ricki N.
     
Cover  
Aslam, Nadeem. The Wasted Vigil. 2008.
Fiction ASL
Ferraris, Zoë. Finding Nouf. 2008.
Mystery FER
Itani, Frances. Remembering the Bones. 2008.
Fiction ITA
Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. 2008.
Fiction JOR
Fiction JOR CD
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. 2008.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR Large Type
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
               Selected by Roseann S.
     
Cover  
Liang, Diane Wei. The Eye of Jade: A Mei Wang Mystery. 2008.
Mystery LIA
Mystery LIA CD
Mystery LIA eAudiobook
Meyer, Stephenie. The Host. 2008.
Teen Fiction MEY
Teen Fiction MEY CD
Teen Fiction MEY eAudiobook
Peters, Elizabeth. The Laughter of Dead Kings. 2008.
Mystery PET
Mystery PET CD
Mystery PET Large Type
Ruby. Laura. The Chaos King. 2007.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction Fiction RUB
Youth Jr Hi Fiction Fiction RUB eAudiobook
Willig, Lauren. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. 2008.
Romance WIL
Romance WIL CD
Romance WIL eAudiobook
               Selected by Sharon W.
     
Cover  
Anam, Tahmima. The Golden Age. 2007.
Fiction ANA
Bergreen, Laurence. Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu. 2007.
910.4 B
910.4 B CD
Le, Nam. The Boat. 2008.
Fiction LE
Pham, Andrew X. The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars. 2008.
973.0495 P
Taylor, Jill Bolte. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. 2008.
362.19681 T
362.19681 T CD
362.19681 T Large Type
               Selected by Sheila D.
     
Cover  
Cathcart, Thomas. Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar--: Understanding Philosophy through Jokes. 2006.
102.07 C
102.07 C CD
Coetzee, J. M. Disgrace. 1999.
Fiction COE
Jericho, Chris. A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex. 2007.
B J555.li
Palliser, Charles. The Unburied. 1999.
Fiction PAL
Roach, Mary. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. 2008.
612.6 R
612.6 R CD
               Selected by Steven J.
     
Cover  
Brooks, Geraldine. People of the Book. 2008.
Fiction BRO
Fiction BRO CD
Fiction BRO Large Type
Fiction BRO eAudiobook
Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. 2007.
641.0973K
641.0973K CD
641.0973K eBook
Lawson, Mary. The Other Side of the Bridge. 2006.
Fiction LAW
Patchett, Ann. The Magician's Assistant. 1997.
Fiction PAT
Fiction PAT eAudiobook
Russell, Mary Doria. Dreamers of the Day. 2008.
Fiction RUS
Fiction RUS CD
Fiction RUS eAudiobook
               Selected by Terry R.
     
Cover  
Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. 2008.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction Science Fiction DOC
Youth Jr Hi Fiction Science Fiction DOC CD
Harris, Mark. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of a New Hollywood. 2008.
791.430973 H
791.430973 H CD
McCarthy, Tom. Remainder. 2005.
Fiction MCC
Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. 2008.
303.4833 S.
Wood, Brian, and Kelly, Ryan. Local. 2008.
Graphic Novel 741.5973 WOO
               Selected by Toby G.