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2013 Holiday Books Show

Two New Hampshire independent booksellers give us their picks for the best reads of 2013. Here's a list of their favorites for the season, as well as a list of the books mentioned during the show.

GUESTS:

  • Michael Herrmann - Owner of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord
  • Dan Chartrand - Owner of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter

Best of the Season Book List from Michael & Dan:

(scroll down for list of programs mentioned during the show)

Fiction

  • The Last First Day- Carrie Brown
  • The Gravity of Birds- Tracy Guzeman
  • We Are Water- Wally Lamb
  • Someone- Alice McDermott
  • The Night Guest- Fiona McFarlane
  • More Than This- Patrick Ness
  • How The Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache - Louise Penny
  • Night Film- Marisha Pessl
  • Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell
  • The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
  • Tenth of December- George Saunders
  • Dr. Sleep- Stephen King
  • Dear Life- Alice Munro
  • The Luminaries- Eleanor Catton
  • Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic- Emily Croy Barker

Non-Fiction

  • Lawrence In Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly And The Making Of The Modern Middle East- Scott Anderson
  • Report From The Interior- Paul Auster
  • Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and The Reinvention of American Taste- Luke Barr
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure- Artemis Cooper
  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend- Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
  • Five Days At Memorial: Life And Death In A Storm-Ravaged Hospital- Sheri Fink
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History Of The New America- George Packer
  • Amsterdam: A History Of The World's Most Liberal City- Russell Shorto
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban- Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
  • 100 year anniversary of WWI:
    • The Sleepwalkers- Christopher Clark
    • War that Ended Peace- Margaret Macmillan
    • Catastrophe 1914- Max Hastings
  • Guns at Last Light- Rick Atkinson
  • Bunker Hill- Nat Philbrick
  • Bully Pulpit- Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • One Summer: America 1927- Bill Bryson
  • Stitches- Anne Lamott
  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage- Ann Patchett
  • Orr: My Story- Bobby Orr
  • The Kid: Immortal Life of Ted Williams-Ben Bradlee Jr.
  • Spillover- David Quammen
  • Story of the Human Body- Daniel Lieberman
  • Complete Art of the Vatican- Workman
  • Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
  • A.O.C. Cookbook- Suzanne Goin
  • Lean In - Sheryl  Sandburg
  • Quiet- Susan Cain
  • Hyperbole and a Half- Allie Brosh
  • Let Me off at the Top!- “Ron Burgundy”

Children's and Teen Favorites

  • How To Train A Train- Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco
  • The Day the Crayons Quit- Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy- Jeffrey Brown
  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures- Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell
  • Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library- Chris Grabenstein
  • The Eye Of Minds- James Dashner
  • Unbreakable: The Legion Book 1- Kami Garcia
  • The Burning Sky- Sherry Thomas
  • Mr. Wuffles! - David Wiesner
  • Journey- Aaron Becker
  • Hostage Three- Nick Lake
  • The Eye of Minds- James Dashner
  • new series by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Counting by 7s – Holly Goldberg Sloan

Local Authors

  • Evil Intentions: A Jack Beale Mystery- K. D. Mason
  • Outtastatahs: Newcomers' Adventures in New Hampshire- Gary Patton
  • Snow Fence Road- Phyllis Edgerly Ring
  • Strange Terrain and Be That Empty- Alice Fogel (new NH poet laureate)
  • Dwelling in Possibility- Howard Mansfield
  • Mud Season- Ellen Stimson

Mentioned during the show:

New Fiction by big authors

  • Dirty Love - Andre Dubus III
  • Doctor Sleep - Steven King
  • The Goldfinch  - Donna Tartt
  • The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
  • MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood
  • Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan
  • The Luminaries- Eleanor Catton
  • Dear Life – Alice Munro
  • Tenth of December - George Saunders

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  • Night Guest - Fiona McFarlance
  • Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic- Emily Croy Barker
  • Guide for the Perplexed - Dara Horn
  • Night Film - Marisha Pessl
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  • Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell
  • More than This – Patrick Ness
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box – Leon Leyson

History

  • The Guns at Last Light – Rick Atkinson
  • War that Ended Peace- Margaret Macmillan
  • Catastrophe 1914- Max Hastings
  • The Sleepwalkers- Christopher Clark
  • Guns of August – Barbara Tuchman
  • Lawrence In Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly And The Making Of The Modern Middle East- Scott Anderson
  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend- Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
  • Bully Pulpit- Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Bunker Hill - Nathaniel Philbrick

Local

  • Town histories
  • Outtastatahs: Newcomers' Adventures in New Hampshire- Gary Patton
  • Women, Animals, and Vegetables - Maxine Kumin
  • String Too Short to be Saved - Donald Hall
  • NH author Rebecca Rule
  • Dwelling in Possibility- Howard Mansfield

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  • A Higher Call - Adam Makos
  • How to Architect - Doug Patt
  • The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream - Thomas Dyja
  • Frozen in Time - Zubkov
  • The Abominable - Dan Simmons

Music

  • Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker  - Stanley Crouch
  • A Life of Duke Ellington - Terry Teachout
  • Beatles Vs Stones - John McMillian
  • The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics - Alan Aldridge
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life - Graham Nash
  • A Brother's Story - Leon Hendrix and Adam Mitchell
  • Johnny Cash: The Life - Robert Hilburn

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  • South of Broad – Pat Conroy
    • Death of Santini
  • Names and Places in the White Mountains
  • Hiking History of the White Mountain - Mike Dickerman

Book Club

  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • The Light Between Oceans- M.L. Stedman
  • The Art Forger: A Novel Paperback  - B. A. Shapiro

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  • The King of Sports by Gregg Easterbrook
  • NFL critiques
  • The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams: Ben Bradlee Jr.
  • America's Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do about It - Senator Rob Hogg
  • Spillover – David Quammen
  • The Unwinding by George Packer
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease- Daniel Lieberman
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast- Jasper Fforde
    • Thursday Next series
  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin - Jill Lepore

Personal Christmas Lists

  • Michael’s: Ulysses with rare Matisse illustrations
  • Dan’s: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure- Artemis Cooper

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