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2017 Staff Picks

Berlin-Peck’s favorite reads in 2017! Our librarians have sent in their favorites in fiction, historical fiction, horror, humor, romance, science fiction, thriller, non-fiction, and biography.

Click on a cover to see it in the library catalog.


Thomas Mullen

Do Not Become Alarmed
Maile Meloy

Everybody’s Son
Thrity Umrigar

I Liked My Life
Abby Fabiaschi

Imagine Me Gone
Adam Haslett

A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman

Michael Chabon

The Night Ocean
Paul LaFarge

The Tea Girl of
Hummingbird Lane

Lisa See


Historical Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles

Paul Lynch

The Jane Austen Project
Kathleen Flynn

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders

My Name is Mary Sutter
Robin Oliveira



Bird Box
Josh Malerman

Last Days
Adam Nevill

The Lesser Dead
Christopher Buehlman

The Passage
Justin Cronin


Humorous Fiction

Adulthood Is a Myth
Sarah Andersen

Britt-Marie Was Here
Fredrik Backman

Class Mom
Laurie Gelman

The Wangs Vs. the World
Jade Chang

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple

Diksha Basu



Rainbow Rowell

The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo

Miss You
Kate Eberlen

November 9
Colleen Hoover

The Royal We
Heather Cocks


Science Fiction

All Systems Red
Martha Wells

Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman

Dark Matter
Blake Crouch

Gather the Daughters
Jenny Melamed

Red Rising Trilogy
Pierce Brown

Cory Doctorow



Her Every Fear
Peter Swanson

Only Daughter
Anna Snoekstra

Since We Fell
Dennis Lehane

The Substitute
Nicole Lundrigan


Non-Fiction and Biography

Born a Crime
Trevor Noah

The Daily Show:
An Oral History

Sam Quinones

Forty Autumns
Nina Willner

The Girl with Seven Names
Hyeonseo Lee

The Mighty Franks
Michael Frank

The Sound of Gravel
Ruth Wariner

The Stranger in the Woods
Michael Finkel

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Mark Manson