We took an informal survey of our staff on their favorite books from 2013, and here are the suggestions we received. Did we miss some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section – we would love to hear about the books YOU loved from the past year.
Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs (adult fiction, 2013)
Theodosia owns a tea shop in Charleston but always seems to occur when she is at a party or other event. The tea shop menus make your mouth water. The book contains recipes. Find this book in our catalog.
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson (adult fiction, 2013)
Goldie is a caterer with a knack for solving mysteries. Davidson’s novels are set in Colorado where she and her best friend Marla solve the mystery of why a friend dies after leaving a party catered by Goldie. Recipes also included. Find this book in our catalog.
Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King (adult fiction, 2013)
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.Find this book in our catalog.
Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith (adult fiction, 2013)
Strangers on a train share stories during a long trip in this stand-alone novel by the prolific author Alexander McCall Smith. Tender and thought-provoking. Find this book in our catalog.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (adult fiction, 2013)
A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save. Find this book in our catalog.
Nowhere but Home: A Novel by Liza Palmer (adult fiction, 2013)
A chef with an anger management problem loses another cushy restaurant job and moves back to the small town in Texas she spent her life trying to escape. To make ends meet, she takes a job cooking the last meals of death row inmates, which just adds raised eyebrows to the looks always received from their neighbors. Quirky but poignant, Liza Palmer brings a very human element to the outcast in this touching story. Find this book in our catalog.
A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg by Jeff Shaara (adult fiction, 2013)
Continuing the series that began with A Blaze of Glory, Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Find this book in our catalog.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (teen fiction, 2013)
This companion novel to the critically acclaimed Code Name Verity tells the story of Rose, an American pilot whose capture by the Germans lands her in Ravensbruck concentration camp. Not just for teen readers, Rose Under Fire is a terrific historical fiction adventure story. Find this book in our catalog.
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (adult fiction, 2013)
This book is set in the 1930s in a fictional town based on Watch Hill, RI. It starts with a clash of cultures and a betrayal that has ripple effects throughout the lives of every character, and ends with the cataclysmic hurricane of 1938 and its devastating impact on this piece of coastline and everyone on it. Beatriz Williams deftly turns mere words into beautiful language in this stunning beach read. Find this book in our catalog.
Lawrence In Arabia by Scott Anderson (adult nonfiction, 2013)
Excellent book about WWI in Egypt, the Middle East and Asia Minor – an aspect of the war that has not traditionally been covered as extensively as the European countries affected. The actions taken at this time by various world powers shaped the unfortunate situation that occurs today in the Middle East and Asia Minor. Find this book in our catalog.
The Guns at last Light: the War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Richard Atkinson (adult nonfiction, 2013)
This book is the stirring conclusion to the author’s trilogy about the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. In the first two volumes, Rick Atkinson recounts how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all — the titanic battle for Western Europe. Find this book in our catalog.
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (adult nonfiction, 2013)
A fascinating account of the extraordinary events of the summer of 1927 all written with Bill Bryson’s dry sense of humor. Find this book in our catalog.
Junius and Albert’s Adventures In The Confederacy by Peter Carlson (adult nonfiction, 2013)
A behind the scenes look at 2 northern newspaper reporters, their capture by the Confederacy and they survived and eventually escaped a southern prison with the help of northern sympathizers and freed African Americans. Find this book in our catalog.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell (adult nonfiction, 2013)
Malcolm Gladwell turns his attention to the underdog in this new book, where he asks – are disadvantages really advantages in disguise? From a basketball coach who knows nothing about basketball to a CEO plagued with dyslexia throughout his life, Gladwell probes to learn what has led them to succeed. Invariably, it was using new, creative, or out-of-the-box thinking to arrive at solutions that had turned their perceived disadvantages into major advantages and success. Find this book in our catalog.
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth (adult nonfiction, 2013)This is the last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth’s New York Times bestseller and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife. Just as in her first two books, she vividly portrays the extreme poverty, unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease of the post-war East End and uncovers the surprising ways this tight knit community survives and thrives. Find this book in our catalog.