Reference Staff Pick The Best Books of 2012

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library staff pick their favorite books of 2012.

Our librarians have picked their favorites, and they're all here --from history to mystery, roman a clef to romance-- the very best books of 2012.

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Favorite Fiction:

Defending Jacob, by William Landay

Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple

The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

A Game of Thrones series, by George R.R. Martin

The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn


Best of Romance:

How to Romance a Rake, by Manda Collins

Hell on Wheels: Black Knights Inc., by Julie Ann Walker

Run the Risk, by Lori Foster

Last Man Standing, by Cindy Gerard



Arguably, by Christopher Hitchens

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron and James A Robinson Acemoglu



Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, by Candace Millard

The Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England, by Thomas Penn

The Civil War: The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It, by Stephen Sears

After Camelot: An Intimate History of the Kennedy Family – 1968 to the Present, by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, by Henry Wienceck

Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived, by Andrew Wilson


Memoir, Biography & Autobiography

Wild: From Lost to Found of the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde, by Franny Moyle

The Richard Burton Diaries, by Richard Burton

In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind, by Gina Gerson


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