2011 Staff Book Picks

In late 2011, 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 I Am J  
Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina. 1992.
Fiction ALL
Beam, Cris. I Am J. 2011.
Teen Fiction BEA
Bolton, Andrew. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. 2011.
746.92092
Redniss, Lauren. Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love & Fallout. 2011.
530.0922 R
Torres, Justin. We the Animals. 2011.
Fiction TOR
               Selected by Amita L.
 
     
Cover of A Storm of Swords  
Gladstone, Brooke. The Influencing Machine. 2011.
Adult Graphic Novel 302.23 G
Martin, George R.R. A Clash of Kings. 1999.
Science Fiction MAR
Science Fiction MAR CD
Science Fiction MAR eAudiobook
Science Fiction MAR eBook
Martin, George R.R. A Game of Thrones. 1996.
Science Fiction MAR
Science Fiction MAR CD
Science Fiction MAR eAudiobook
Science Fiction MAR eBook
Martin, George R.R. A Storm of Swords. 2000.
Science Fiction MAR
Science Fiction MAR CD
Science Fiction MAR eAudiobook
Science Fiction MAR eBook
Portis, Charles. True Grit. 1968.
Fiction POR
Fiction POR CD
Fiction POR Large Type
Fiction POR eBook
               Selected by Annabelle M.
     
Cover of A Lesson in Secrets  
Crombie, Deborah. Where Memories Lie. 2008.
Mystery CRO
Finch, Charles. A Stranger in Mayfair. 2010.
Mystery FIN
Mystery FIN CD
Ford, Jamie. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. 2009.
Fiction FOR
Fiction FOR CD
Fiction FOR Large Type
Fiction FOR eAudiobook
Fiction FOR eBook
Kepler, Lars. The Hypnotist. 2011.
Mystery KEP
Mystery KEP CD
Mystery KEP Large Type
Winspear, Jacqueline. A Lesson in Secrets. 2011.
Mystery WIN
Mystery WIN CD
Mystery WIN Large Type
               Selected by Cecilia C.
     
Cover of To the End of the Land  
Chabris, Christopher and Daniel Simons. The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us. 2010.
153.74 C
153.74 C CD
Grossman, David. To the End of the Land. 2010.
Fiction GRO
Fiction GRO CD
Fiction GRO eBook
Koestenbaum, Wayne. Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon. 1995.
B O582ko
B O582ko Large Type
Mantel, Hilary. Wolf Hall. 2009.
Fiction MAN
Fiction MAN CD
Fiction MAN eAudiobook
Raz, Simcha. A Tzaddik in Our Time: The Life of Rabbi Aryeh Levin. 1976.
B L6652ra
               Selected by Cheryl S.
     
Cover of The Maze Runner  
Chang, David and Peter Meehan. Momofuku. 2009.
641.5097471 C
Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. 2009.
Youth Jr High Fiction DAS
Youth Jr High Fiction DAS CD
Youth Jr High Fiction DAS eAudiobook
Youth Jr High Fiction DAS eBook
Youth Jr High Fiction DAS Youth Sony Reader
Laskin, David. The Children’s Blizzard. 2004.
977.03 L
977.03 L eBook
Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. 1996.
Science Fiction RUS
Whedon, Joss. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Season 8. 2007-.
Teen Graphic Novel 741.5973 BUF
               Selected by Jessi S.
 
     
Cover of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating  
Bailey, Elisabeth Tova. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. 2010.
594.38 B
594.38 B Large Type
594.38 B eBook
Birch, Carol. Jamrach's Menagerie. 2011.
Fiction BIR
Fiction BIR CD
O'Nan, Stewart. Emily, Alone. 2011.
Fiction ONA
Fiction ONA Large Type
Towles, Amor. Rules of Civility. 2011.
Fiction TOW
Fiction TOW CD
Zuckoff, Mitchell. Lost in Shangri-La. 2011.
940.548 Z
940.548 Z CD
940.548 Z Large Type
               Selected by Jessica G.
 
     
Cover of Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun  
Canada, Geoffrey and Jamar Nicholas. Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence. 2010.
Adult Graphic Novel 303.60835 N
Christie, Agatha. Hallowe’en Party. 1969.
Mystery CHR
Mystery CHR CD
Mystery CHR Large Type
Ellis, Deborah. Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees. 2009.
305.2308691 E
Reibstein, Mark. Wabi Sabi. 2008.
Youth Picture Book REI
Youth Picture Book REI CD
Pratchett, Terry. The Wee Free Men. 2003.
Science Fiction PRA
Science Fiction PRA eAudiobook
Science Fiction PRA eBook
               Selected by Joey L.
 
     
Cover of Blue Nights  
Baldwin, Rosecrans. You Lost Me There. 2010.
Fiction
Fiction BAL CD
Fiction BAL eBook
Didion, Joan. Blue Nights. 2011.
818.54 D556.bL
818.54 D556.bL CD
Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. 2007.
Fiction MEN
Fiction MEN CD
O'Rourke, Meghan. The Long Goodbye. 2011.
818.6 O745.Lo
818.6 O745.Lo CD
Vapnynar, Lara. There are Jews in My House. 2003.
Fiction VAP
               Selected by Lee L.
 
     
Cover of Started Early, Took My Dog  
Atkinson, Kate. Started Early, Took My Dog. 2011.
Mystery ATK
Mystery ATK CD
Mystery ATK Large Type
Mystery ATK eAudiobook
Goldbloom, Goldie. The Paperbark Shoe. 2011.
Fiction GOL
Groff, Lauren. Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories. 2009.
Fiction GRO
Fiction GRO eAudiobook
Hamilton, Gabrielle. Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. 2011.
641.5092 H
641.5092 H CD
641.5092 H eBook
Torres, Justin. We the Animals. 2011.
Fiction TOR
               Selected by Lukie M.
 
     
Cover of A Monster Calls  
Bretherton, Caroline. Illustrated Step-By-Step Baking. 2011.
641.815 B
deWitt, Patrick. The Sisters Brothers. 2011.
Western DEW
Western DEW CD
Morgenstern, Erin. The Night Circus. 2011.
Fiction MOR
Fiction MOR CD
Fiction MOR Large Type
Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. 2011.
Youth Jr High Fiction NES
Youth Jr High Fiction NES CD
Obreht, Téa. The Tiger's Wife. 2011.
Fiction OBR
Fiction OBR CD
Fiction OBR eAudiobook
Fiction OBR eBook
               Selected by Lynnanne P.
 
     
Cover of The Orchard  
Goldbloom, Goldie. The Paperbark Shoe. 2011.
Fiction GOL
Graham-Dixon, Andrew. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. 2010.
759.5 C262gr
Mosley, Walter. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. 2010.
Fiction MOS
Fiction MOS CD
Fiction MOS Large Type
Patchett, Ann. State of Wonder. 2011.
Fiction PAT
Fiction PAT CD
Fiction PAT Large Type
Fiction PAT Sony Reader
Weir, Theresa. The Orchard: A Memoir. 2011.
818.54 W4258or
818.54 W4258or CD
               Selected by Marilee H.
 
     
Cover of Ghost Story  
Butcher, Jim. Ghost Story. 2011.
Science Fiction BUT
Science Fiction BUT CD
Science Fiction BUT Large Type
Gould, Steven. 7th Sigma. 2011.
Science Fiction GOU
Jordan, Robert and Brandon Sanderson. Towers of Midnight. 2010.
Science Fiction JOR
Science Fiction JOR CD
Rothfuss, Patrick. The Wise Man's Fear. 2011.
Science Fiction ROT
Science Fiction ROT CD
Science Fiction ROT eAudiobook
Sanderson, Brandon. The Alloy of Law. 2011.
Science Fiction SAN
Science Fiction SAN CD
               Selected by Mikael J.
 
     
Cover of Julian  
Greenblatt, Stephen. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. 2011.
940.21 G
Johnson, Denis. Train Dreams. 2011.
Fiction JOH
McCullough, David. John Adams. 2001.
B A2142mc
B A2142mc CD
B A2142mc Large Type
Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. 1862.
Fiction TUR
Vidal, Gore. Julian. 1962.
Fiction VID
               Selected by Mike S.
 
     
Cover of The Troubled Man  
Connelly, Michael. Nine Dragons. 2009.
Mystery CON
Mystery CON CD
Mystery CON Large Type
Mystery CON eAudiobook
Mystery CON eBook
Donoghue, Emma. Room. 2010.
Fiction DON
Fiction DON CD
Fiction DON Large Type
Fiction DON eAudiobook
Fiction DON Adult Digital Player
French, Tana. In the Woods. 2007.
Mystery FRE
Mystery FRE Large Type
Mankell, Henning. The Troubled Man. 2011.
Mystery MAN
Mystery MAN CD
Mystery MAN Large Type
               Selected by Pam W.
 
     
Cover of On Basilisk Station  
Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. 2011.
Youth Jr High Fiction AGU
Carson, Rae. Girl of Fire and Thorns. 2011.
Youth Jr High Fiction CAR
Harrison, Thea. Dragon Bound. 2011.
Romance PAPERBACK H
Romance HAR CD
Sagara, Michelle. Cast in Ruin. 2011.
Science Fiction SAG
Weber, David. On Basilisk Station. 1993.
Science Fiction
Science Fiction CD
Science Fiction eAudiobook
               Selected by Pat G.
 
     
Cover of The Buddha in the Attic  
Doyle, Brian. Mink River. 2011.
Fiction DOY
Morgenstern, Erin. The Night Circus. 2011.
Fiction MOR
Fiction MOR CD
Fiction MOR Large Type
Obreht, Téa. The Tiger's Wife. 2011.
Fiction OBR
Fiction OBR CD
Fiction OBR eAudiobook
Fiction OBR eBook
O'Nan, Stewart. Emily, Alone. 2011.
Fiction ONA
Fiction ONA Large Type
Otsuka, Julie. The Buddha in the Attic. 2011.
Fiction OTS
Fiction OTS CD
               Selected by Roseann S.
 
     
Cover of Soulless  
Allen, Sarah Addison. The Peach Keeper. 2011.
Fiction ALL
Fiction ALL CD
Fiction ALL Large Type
Fiction ALL eAudiobook
Fiction ALL eBook
Bradley, C. Alan. A Red Herring Without Mustard. 2011.
Mystery BRA
Mystery BRA CD
Mystery BRA Large Type
Mystery BRA eAudiobook
Mystery BRA eBook
Carriger, Gail. Soulless. 2009.
Science Fiction CAR
Science Fiction CAR CD
Foglio, Phil. Agatha H. and the Airship City. 2011.
Science Fiction FOG
Science Fiction FOG CD
Riordan, Rick. The Son of Neptune. 2011.
Youth Jr High Fiction RIO
Youth Jr High Fiction RIO CD
               Selected by Sharon W.
 
     
Cover of To a Mountain in Tibet  
Ciezadlo, Annia. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War. 2011.
B C5693 da
Franklin, Tom. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. 2010.
Fiction FRA
Fiction FRA CD
Fiction FRA Large Type
Fiction FRA eAudiobook
Fiction FRA eBook
Revoyr, Nina. Wingshooters. 2011.
Fiction REV
Roy-Bhattacharya, Joydeep. The Storyteller of Marrakesh. 2011.
Fiction ROY
Fiction ROY CD
Thubron, Colin. To a Mountain in Tibet. 2011.
915.15046 T
               Selected by Sheila D.
 
     
Cover of Bossypants  
Fey, Tina. Bossypants. 2011.
B F4336.bo
B F4336.bo CD
B F4336.bo Large Type
B F4336.bo eAudiobook
McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife. 2011.
Fiction MCL
Fiction MCL CD
Fiction MCL Large Type
Fiction MCL eAudiobook
Fiction MCL eBook
Fiction MCL Adult Digital Player
Patchett, Ann. State of Wonder. 2011.
Fiction PAT
Fiction PAT CD
Fiction PAT Large Type
Fiction PAT Sony Reader
Towles, Amor. Rules of Civility. 2011.
Fiction TOW
Fiction TOW CD
               Selected by Sophie M.
 
     
Cover of This is a Book  
Bakewell, Sarah. How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer. 2010.
B M7614ba
B M7614ba CD
Bryson, Bill. At Home: A Short History of Private Life. 2010.
643.1 B
643.1 B CD
643.1 B Large Type
643.1 B eBook
643.1 B Adult Digital Player
Castor, Helen. She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth. 2011.
942.0099 C
Garfield, Simon. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts. 2010.
686.224 G
686.224 G CD
Martin, Demetri. This Is a Book by Demetri Martin Called This Is a Book. 2011.
817.6 M3795.th
               Selected by Steven J.
 
     
Cover of The Paris Wife  
Greene, Melissa Fay. No Biking in the House Without a Helmet. 2011.
362.734092 G
362.734092 G CD
McCann, Colum. Let the Great World Spin. 2009.
Fiction MCC
Fiction MCC CD
Fiction MCC Large Type
Fiction MCC eBook
McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife. 2011.
Fiction MCL
Fiction MCL CD
Fiction MCL Large Type
Fiction MCL eAudiobook
Fiction MCL eBook
Fiction MCL Adult Digital Player
Patchett, Ann. State of Wonder. 2011.
Fiction PAT
Fiction PAT CD
Fiction PAT Large Type
Fiction PAT Sony Reader
Towles, Amor. Rules of Civility. 2011.
Fiction TOW
Fiction TOW CD
               Selected by Terry R.
 
     
Cover of A Visit from the Goon Squad  
Abbott, Megan. The End of Everything. 2011.
Fiction ABB
Fiction ABB CD
Brubaker, Ed and Sean Phillips. The Last of the Innocent. 2011.
Adult Graphic Novel 741.5973 BRU PBK v.6
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad. 2010.
Fiction EGA
Fiction EGA CD
Fiction EGA Large Type
Fiction EGA eBook
Kraus, Daniel. Rotters. 2011.
Teen Fiction KRA
Mould, Bob. See a Little Light: On the Trail of Rage and Melody. 2011.
782.42166 H971mo
               Selected by Toby G.