2009 Staff Book Picks

In late 2009, 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 The Girl Who Played with Fire  
Dunn, Sarah. Secrets to Happiness. 2009.
Fiction DUN
Fforde, Jasper. Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron. 2010.
Science Fiction FFO
Science Fiction FFO CD
Flynn, Gillian. Dark Places. 2009.
Fiction FLY
Fiction FLY Large Type
Fiction FLY CD
Klosterman, Chuck. Eating the Dinosaur. 2009.
973.92 K
Larsson, Stieg. The Girl Who Played with Fire. 2009.
Mystery LAR
Mystery LAR Large Type
Mystery LAR CD
               Selected by Annabelle M.
     
Cover of The Careful Use of Compliments  
Berg, Elizabeth. Home Safe. 2009.
Fiction BER
Fiction BER Large Type
Fiction BER CD
Smith, Alexander McCall. The Careful Use of Compliments. 2007.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
Smith, Alexander McCall. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. 2008.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
Smith, Alexander McCall. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate. 2005.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
Mystery MCC eBook
Smith, Alexander McCall. The Lost Art of Gratitude. 2009.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
Smith, Alexander McCall. The Right Attitude to Rain. 2006.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
Mystery MCC eBook
Smith, Alexander McCall. The Sunday Philosophy Club. 2004.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
               Selected by Carolyn T.
     
Cover of the Vintage Caper  
Cantrell, Rebecca. A Trace of Smoke. 2009.
Fiction CAN
Collins, James. Beginner's Greek. 2008.
Fiction COL
Mayle, Peter. The Vintage Caper. 2009.
Fiction MAY
Fiction MAY CD
Schreck, Tom. On the Ropes. 2007.
Mystery SCH
Walker, David J. Saving Paulo. 2008.
Mystery WAL
               Selected by Cecilia C.
     
Cover of The Unlikely Disciple  
Barbery, Muriel. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. 2009.
Fiction BAR
Fiction BAR CD
Ferr, Peter. Travel Writing. 2008.
Fiction FER
Fiction FER CD
Kimmel, Haven. She Got Up off the Couch. 2006.
818.6 K496.sh
818.6 K496.sh CD
Roose, Kevin. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University. 2009.
378.755671 R
Sheff, David. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through his Son's Addiction. 2008.
362.299 S
362.299 S CD
362.299 S eAudiobook
               Selected by Cheryl S.
     
Cover of Tallgrass  
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. 1999.
Fiction-Teen AND
Youth Jr High Fiction AND CD
Fiction AND eAudiobook
Brockman, Terra. The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm. 2009.
631.584 B
Conway, Jill Kerr. The Road from Coorain. 1993.
B C7675.ro
B C7675.ro Large Type
B C7675.ro Cassette
Dallas, Sandra. Tallgrass. 2007.
Fiction DAL
Fiction DAL Large Type
Fiction DAL CD
Fiction DAL eAudiobook
Page, Jake. Do Cats Hear with Their Feet? 2008.
636.8 P
               Selected by Christie R.
     
Cover of Q & A  
Brown, Dan. The Lost Symbol. 2009.
Fiction BRO
Fiction BRO Large Type
Fiction BRO CD
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar. Meet Rebecca: An American Girl. 2009.
Youth Easy Fiction GRE
Mccall Smith, Alexander. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. 2009.
Mystery MCC
Mystery MCC Large Type
Mystery MCC CD
Swarup, Vikas. Q & A. 2009.
Fiction SWA
Fiction SWA CD
Swarup, Vikas. Six Suspects. 2009.
Fiction SWA
               Selected by Dina K.
     
Cover of Unseen Academicals  
Horvat, Andrew. Japanese beyond Words: How to Walk and Talk Like a Native Speaker. 2000.
495.6 H
Pratchett, Terry. Unseen Academicals: A Novel of Discworld . 2009.
Science Fiction PRA
Science Fiction PRA CD
Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. 1997.
Fiction ROT
Fiction ROT CD
Fiction ROT eAudiobook
Roth, Philip. The Plot against America. 2004.
Fiction ROT
Fiction ROT Large Type
Fiction ROT CD
Savage, Sam. Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife. 2006.
Fiction SAV
               Selected by Joey L.
     
Cover of The Lazarus Project  
Garner, Helen. The Spare Room. 2009.
Fiction GAR
Hemon, Aleksandar. The Lazarus Project. 2008.
Fiction HEM
Fiction HEM CD
Romm, Robin. The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks. 2009.
362.196994 R
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. 2008.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR Large Type
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
               Selected by Lee L.
     
Cover of Anybody Out There?  
Atkinson, Kate. Case Histories. 2004.
Fiction ATK
Fiction ATK CD
Keyes, Marian. Anybody Out There? 2006.
Chick Lit KEY
Fiction KEY CD
Fiction KEY eBook
Moriarty, Laura. The Center of Everything. 2003.
Fiction MOR
Fiction CD
Russell, Karen. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. 2006.
Fiction RUS
Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. 2009.
Fiction STO
Fiction STO Large Type
Fiction STO CD
               Selected by Lukie M.
     
Cover of Benny & Shrimp  
Mazetti, Katarina. Benny & Shrimp. 2008.
Fiction MAZ
Waters, Sarah. The Little Stranger. 2009.
Fiction WAT
Fiction WAT CD
               Selected by Marilee H.
     
Cover of Outliers  
Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. 2000.
B E293.he
B E293.he Large Type
Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. 2008.
302 G
302 G Large Type
302 G CD
Keret, Etgar. The Girl on the Fridge. 2008.
Fiction KER
Levitin, Daniel J. The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. 2008.
781.11 L
Wolff, Tobias. Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. 2008.
Fiction WOL
Fiction WOL CD
               Selected by Maryann M.
     
Cover of Teewinot  
Kropotkin, Petr. Selected Writings on Anarchism and Revolution. 1970.
335.83 K
McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses. 1992.
Paperback M
Fiction MCC Large Type
Fiction MCC CD
Fiction MCC eAudiobook
Turner, Jack. Teewinot: A Year in the Teton Range. 2000.
508.78755 T
Larsen, Nella. Passing. 1986.
Fiction LAR
Thomson, Keith Stewart. The Young Charles Darwin. 2009.
576.82092 T
               Selected by Matt M.
     
Cover of Little Bee  
Cleave, Chris. Little Bee. 2009.
Fiction CLE
Fiction CLE CD
O'Nan, Stewart. Last Night at the Lobster. 2007.
Fiction ONA
Fiction ONA CD
Fiction ONA eAudiobook
Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. 2009.
Fiction STO
Fiction STO Large Type
Fiction STO CD
Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe. The Leopard. 1960.
Fiction TOM
Townsend, Sue. Adrian Mole: The Cappucino Years. 2000.
Fiction TOW
Fiction TOW CD
               Selected by Pam W.
     
Cover of Gateway  
Aguirre, Ann. Blue Diablo. 2009.
Paperback A
Andrews, Ilona. On the Edge. 2009.
Science Fiction AND
Briggs, Patricia. Silver Borne. 2010.
Fiction BRI
Robb, J.D. Kindred in Death. 2009.
Fiction ROB
Fiction ROB Large Type
Fiction ROB CD
Shinn, Sharon. Gateway. 2009.
Youth Jr High Fiction SHI
               Selected by Pat Ga.
     
Cover of Good-Bye and Amen  
Gould, Jonathan. Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America. 2007.
782.42166 B369go
Gutcheon, Beth. Good-bye and Amen. 2008.
Fiction GUT
Horwitz, Tony. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. 2008.
970.01 H
970.01 H Large Type
970.01 H CD
970.01 H eAudiobook
Penny, Louise. A Rule against Murder. 2008.
Mystery PEN
Mystery PEN CD
Robinson, Lewis. Water Dogs. 2009.
Fiction ROB
               Selected by Pat Gr.
     
Cover of Brooklyn  
Claudel, Philippe. Brodeck. 2009.
Fiction CLA
Li, Yiyun. Vagrants. 2009.
Fiction LI
Fiction LI CD
Simmons, Dan. Drood. 2009.
Fiction SIM
Fiction SIM Large Type
Fiction SIM CD
Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. 2009.
Fiction STO
Fiction STO Large Type
Fiction STO CD
Toibin, Colm. Brooklyn. 2009.
Fiction TOI
Fiction TOI Large Type
               Selected by Roseann S.
     
Cover of IraqiGirl  
Horowitz, Alexandra. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. 2009.
636.7 H
636.7 H CD
IraqiGirl. IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq. 2009.
Teen Non-fiction 956.704431 I PBK
McCall Smith, Alexander. La's Orchestra Saves the World. 2009.
Fiction MCC
Fiction MCC Large Type
Fiction MCC CD
Silva, Daniel. The Defector. 2009.
Fiction SIL
Fiction SIL Large Type
Fiction SIL CD
Winspear, Jacqueline. Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel. 2009.
Fiction WIN
Fiction WIN Large Type
Fiction WIN CD
               Selected by Sharon W.
     
Cover of The Elegance of the Hedgehog  
Barbery, Muriel. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. 2008.
Fiction BAR
Fiction BAR CD
Donegan, Patricia. Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart. 2008.
808.8141 H
Grandin, Greg. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City. 2009.
307.7680981 G
Ogawa, Yoko. The Housekeeper and the Professor. 2009.
Fiction OGA
Pakula, Hannah. The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China. 2009.
B C53232pa
               Selected by Sheila D.
     
Cover of Winnie and Wolf  
Harwood, John. Ghost Writer. 2004.
Fiction HAR
Holmes, Hannah. The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself. 2008.
612 H
612 H CD
Littell, Jonathan. The Kindly Ones. 2009.
Fiction LIT
Fiction LIT eBook
Mazzuchelli, David. Asterios Polyp. 2009.
Adult Graphic Novel 741.5973 MAZ
Wilson, A.N. Winnie and Wolf. 2008.
Fiction WIL
               Selected by Steven J.
     
Cover of Strength in What Remains  
Benioff, David. City of Thieves. 2008.
Fiction BEN
Fiction BEN Large Type
Fiction BEN CD
Fiction BEN eAudiobook
Kidder, Tracy. Strength in What Remains. 2009.
305.896 K
Lahiri, Jhumpa. Unaccustomed Earth. 2008.
Fiction LAH
Fiction LAH CD
Shaffer, Mary and Annie Barrows. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 2008.
Fiction SHA
Fiction SHA Large Type
Fiction SHA CD
Fiction SHA eAudiobook
Fiction SHA eBook
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. 2008.
Fiction STR
Fiction STR Large Type
Fiction STR CD
Fiction STR eAudiobook
Fiction STR eBook
               Selected by Terry R.
     
Cover of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks  
Cooke, Darwyn. Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter. 2009.
Graphic Novel 741.5971 COO v.1
Cullen, Dave. Columbine. 2009.
373.78882 C
373.78882 C CD
Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. 2009.
Youth Jr High Fiction
Youth Jr High Fiction CD
Youth Jr High Fiction eAudiobook
Youth Jr High Fiction Digital Player
McDougall, Christopher. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. 2009.
796.424 M
Piazza, Tom. City of Refuge. 2009.
Fiction PIA
               Selected by Toby G.