Sunday, December 2, 2012

Best Books of 2012

Here are my picks for the 12 best books of 2012, listed in alphabetical order:

1. Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory. Memoir.

McGrory, Brian. Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012. Print. 

Columnist Brian McGrory seemed to have the perfect life. He lived in a big, sunny brownstone within walking distance to Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and his dream job at The Boston Globe. He had a beach house in Kennebunkport where he would escape for weekends with his beloved dog Harry. When Harry passes away, however, Brian's life changes drastically. He falls in love with a beautiful veterinarian named Pam, and moves to the suburbs to start a new life with her and her daughters, dogs, rabbits, and a territorial rooster named Buddy.

If you liked Marley & Me you will love Buddy. This book will make a great gift for your favorite uncle, co-worker, or stepdad. 

2. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Picture Book

Barnett, Mac, and J Klassen. Extra Yarn. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2012. Print.

3. In One Person by John Irving. Adult Novel.

 Irving, John. In One Person: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012. Print. 

4. The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon. Young Adult Nonfiction.
Moon, Sarah. The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves. New YorkY: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012. Print. 
5. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Middle Grade Novel.

 Stead, Rebecca. Liar and Spy. Random House Children's Books, 2012. Print.

6. The Lost Thing by Cynthia Linville. Poetry.

 Linville, Cynthia. The Lost Thing: Poems. Cold River Press, 2012. Print.

7. Sharp by David Fitzpatrick. Memoir.

Fitzpatrick, David. Sharp: A Memoir. New York: William Morrow & Co, 2012. Print.

8. Survive by Alex Morel. Young Adult Fiction.

 Morel, Alex. Survive. New York: Razorbill, 2012. Print. 
The Bell Jar meets Hatchet meets Into the Wild.

9. Unspoken by Henry Cole. Picture Book.

Cole, Henry. Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. New York: Scholastic, 2012. Print.

10. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Adult Novel.   

 Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012. Print.

If you like the TV show Portlandia, you will love this funny book about a mother who absolutely hates Seattle. The New York Times calls it "comedy heaven."

11. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Middle Grade Fiction.

Palacio, R J. Wonder. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Print.
Alford, Henry. Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?: A Modern Guide to Manners. New York: Twelve, 2012. Print.