When asked about their favorite books of 2012, hundreds of librarians around the country tweeted their favs over twelve days. Here is the list of the titles that received the most votes (400 titles mentioned in nearly 700 votes). My favorites of 2012?
- Louise Erdrich's The Round House - Big questions told through the accessible voice of a young boy struggling to understand circumstances that have fractured his family and community.
- Lance Weller's Wilderness - Thought-provoking narrative about a Civil War veteran who takes refugee from his demons along the pristine and virtually unpeopled Pacific coast.
- Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach - Set along the coast north of Vancouver Island, delicious writing, a story that gets under your skin and haunts you.
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed - broke my heart, made me laugh, and reminded me how words used well have the power to touch as at our core.
- Detroit City is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli - an evocative journey back to the city of my youth, once a template for the industrial city of the future, can Detroit show us a new path once again?