It's time for more end-of-the-year favorites, this time from Chandler Library staff! Check out some of the books that we recommend as the best of 2014.
Best of the Best - Books that two or more staff members recommended:
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Following civilization's collapse, a roving group of actors attempt to keep culture alive through their performances. This is unlike any book I've ever read. It is beautiful to ponder the idea of art in a world filled with so much bleakness.
The Martian, by Andy Weir
The story takes place in the not-too-distant future. It's about an aborted manned mission on Mars where one of the astronauts is left behind on the planet. The book is about how he attempts to survive on the red planet and whether or not he is ever rescued. It is a fascinating, engaging read.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
"Sometimes books don't find us until the right time." It was definitely the right time for this book! Great characters with great stories. I simply loved it!
The Story Hour, by Thirty Umrigar
A Black psychologist takes an East Indian immigrant woman as a client, and both of their lives change. This book explores feminism, culture and marriage - and does it all beautifully. The characters are complex and compelling, and you will not want to put it down.
More staff picks - Fiction:
The Fortune Hunter, by Daisy Goodwin
Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
Lock In, by John Scalzi
A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein
More staff picks - Nonfiction:
Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris
Frida and Diego: Art Love Life, by Catherine Reef
Grandma Gatewood's Walk, by Ben Montgomery
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
More staff picks - Children's Books:
The Book with No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
Dangerous, by Tim Warnes
Digging a Hole to Heaven, S.D. Nelson
The Iron Trial, by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare