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Posted January 7, 2020

Our favorite books of 2019

Fiction, non-fiction, suspense/thrillers, children's and more

Choose from our list of almost 70 different books that our staff enjoyed reading in 2019.  There's something for everyone:

Favorites mentioned by multiple staff

Educated by Tara Westover

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Biography/Memoir

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson by Peter Ames Carlin

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: the Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson

Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon

Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words by Alessandro DeRosa

Fiction

Across The Great Lake by Lee Zacharias

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel

Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Circe by Madeline Miller

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Tolles

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Where the Light Falls by Nancy Hale

Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell


Non-Fiction

The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

Collected Schizophrenia by Esme Weijun Wang

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Fierce Woman Wake Up Your Badass Self by Rhoda Shapiro

Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Stress-Free Life by Francine Jay

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Midnight in Chernobyl: the Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks

See You in the Piazza, New Places to Discover in Italy by Frances Mayes

Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era by Gareth Russell

Songs of America: Patriotism, protest and the music that made a nation by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw

Suspense/Thriller

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

One Good Deed by David Baldacci

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Teen

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Anderson; illustrated by Emily Carroll

Children's

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear; pictures by Julie Morstad

Kind Mr. Bear by Steve Smallman

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

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