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2016 Staff Favorites

There were so many great books to choose from in 2016, but I put everyone’s feet to the literary fire until they coughed up just one pick.

Keebe went with Lee Smith’s Dimestore: “wonderful snippets from the life of one of my favorite authors.”

After a long awkward pause during which Pete struggled with some deep-level Sophie’s Choices, he finally picked The Sellout by Paul Beatty: “after twenty years, people are finally noticing how talented this guy is.”

Mouse called The Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe: this book explores “the magic and mystique of mountain music.”

Sarah’s favorite was Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: “a tour de force!”

Katherine’s “best, big-hearted book” of the year is David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite.

And I like reading about biodiversity, so I’m going with Fred Pearce’s The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation. Nature’s nonnative wildlife get a bad rap, but they’re out there doing good work, people!

We can’t wait to see what materializes in 2017!

– Kelley, Bookseller

Feature image by Ida Becker

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