Curtis Staff Picks for The Best Books of 2013
Pam Jenkins – Youth Services Manager
Adult book – And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Kids’ book – fiction – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Kids’ book – nonfiction – Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Cheer Allen – Technical Assistant
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
A young girl, Jade, and her father immigrate to America from China in 1923. Jade does not realize that her father had made plans for her life in this new country but she is determined to change what her life would have been like had she remained in China and under her father’s rule.
Chris Eames – Lending Services Manager
Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye by Zac Unger. It’s a non-fiction, eco- adventure based on a climate change research trip to the town of Churchill, Manitoba with his family (wife and 3 small children) to view the polar bears. Quite funny. Highly entertaining while also presenting a different view of the polar bear plight!
Pamela Bobker – Volunteer Services Coordinator
The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 by Jasper Fforde (ages 10-14years)
Joanne Pennington – Technical Assistant
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Paul Dostie – Librarian
My favorite for this year is The Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon. It is the story of a South Korean held as POW in North Korea who emigrates to Brazil on his release. Yoon is a short story writer and this is his first novel. The writing has a poetic grace and he treats his topic with a humanity that I can only hope to emulate.
Vicki Stevens – Lending Services Manager
There are so many good ones….maybe Orphan Train by Chistina Baker Kline and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.
Paula Tefft – Technical Assistant
I am now reading The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion – it’s proving to be good!
Michael Heath – Operations Manager
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (mystery)
Carol Briggs – Technical Assistant
I think Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In was my favorite new book this year.
David Delois – Bookkeeper
Wild Tales by Graham Nash
Michael Gorzka – Virtual Services Coordinator
Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy by Vincent Michael Palamara
Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit by Joseph McBride
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.
What were your favorite books that came out in 2013?
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