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open book John's favorite books of 2017 ... so far

         
my favorites of everything I've read this year
open book John's favorite books for 2008-2016
          my yearly favorites  
open book  John's REREADS List for 2008-20016
           one list of my very favorite books from 2008-2016 ... worth reading again   

open book Vicky's best reads of 2010 & 2011
         
Vicky's yearly favorites

open book staff and customer favorite books
          some lists from years back
open book bookstore book lists: best loved, great reads, and more commitment
          some of the books we recommended to our customers

plus more

open book  book awards

           more than thirty different book awards
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our Poem-A-Day poetry 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2005 / 2006 / 2009

           our celebration of National Poetry Month, a poem for every day of April
banned banned books info
          the titles from many BANNED BOOKS WEEKS



John's favorite books of 2017 ... so far


crowing FICTION


Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Britt-Marie Was Here
by Fredrik Backman
Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry
Dogs of Riga
by Henning Mankell
Dome of Hidden the Pavilion by James Tate
Dry Bones
by Craig Johnson
Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
The Man Who Smiled
by Henning Mankell
Men Without Women
by Haruki Murakami
Mothering Sunday
by Graham Swift
ninety-nine stories of GOD
by Joy Williams
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
Signals: New and Selected Stories
by Tim Gautreaux
Touch
by Courtney Maum
Trajectory
by Richard Russo
Wintering
by Peter Geye
The Wonder Garden
by Lauren Acampora
    


crowing
NONFICTION

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport
Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine
How to Sit
by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Island Home
by Tim Winton
Rigor Mortis
by Richard Harris
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean by Morten Stroksnes
Speak, Memory
by Vladimir Nabokov
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I 
by Peter Ackroyd

Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer
The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson



special  SPECIAL STYLING - here are some special books, when it comes to design and style

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard
   Great cover artwork, as well as the sketches within.
ninety-nine stories of GOD
by Joy Williams
   Here's a small format, hardcover poetry collection that has no jacket but one nicely done cover and is printed on some very fine quality paper.
Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer
   A grand annotated volume, printed on some fine paper, with some good photos and illustrations ... this package does everything well.





Let's now step into the Wayback Machine


The Next Chapter's Readers' Favorite Books of the 20th Century
These lists were collected years ago from our wonderful customers and staff members (some who couldn't limit themselves to just 10 titles, or to only use their own names)...we just wanted you to know about these great books.

staff lists

   Michael M.

Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
Dubliners - James Joyce
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Four Quartets - T. S. Eliot
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
Cane - Jean Toomer
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
The Waves - Virginia Woolf
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   Vicky

Snopes Trilogy - William Faulkner
Alexandrian Quartet - Lawrence Durrell
Cannery Row/Sweet Thursday - John Steinbeck
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Magus - John Fowles
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
Riders - Tim Winton
English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey
Already Dead - Denis Johnson
Birdy - William Wharton
Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
Child of Time - Ian McEwan
Purple America - Rick Moody
Atticus - Ron Hansen
_____

   John

  (Fiction)
October Light - John Gardner
Wind-Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
The Autumn of the Patriarch - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus III
Already Dead - Denis Johnson
The Woman Lit By Fireflies - Jim Harrison
Nobody's Fool - Richard Russo
Wildfire - Richard Ford
The Storm Season - William Hauptman

  (Nonfiction)
Winter - Rick Bass
Into Thin Air - John Krakauer
Just Before Dark - Jim Harrison
The Practice of the Wild - Gary Snyder
Professor and the Madman - Simon Winchester
The Starship and the Canoe - Kenneth Brower
Tao Te Ching - Stephen Mitchell, trans.
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea - Gary Kinder
Zen in the Art of Archery - Eugen Herrigel
Encounters with the Archdruid - John McPhee
_____

   Leo

Four Quartets - T. S. Eliot
Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot
Lolita - Vladamir Nabokov
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
_____

   Brandon

Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Far Tortuga - Peter Matthiesson
Waterland - Graham Swift
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Sweet Hereafter - Russel Banks
Grendel - John Gardner
Almanac of the Dead - Leslie Marmon Silko
Open Secrets - Alice Munro
Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
_____

   Yi-Zhou

The Palm at the End of the Mind - Wallace Stevens
The Short Stories - Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West
Play It As It Lays - Joan Didion
Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
No Nature - Gary Snyder
Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Are Dead - Tom Stoppard
Siddharta - Herman Hesse
Ways of Seeing - John Berger
Motel Chronicles - Sam Shepard
Mystery Train - Greg Marcus
Twentieth Century Pleasures - Robert Hass

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customers & friends

   Bryan

Complete Poems - Elizabeth Bishop
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
Winter Birds - Jim Grimsley
Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
Beachside Entries - Peter Weltner
Collected Poems - W. H. Auden
The Ogre - Michel Tournier
Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
Complete Poems - Hart Crane
Our Lady of the Flowers - Jean Genet
_____

   Colin

Bridge to Teribithia - Katherine Paterson
Shade's Children - Garth Nix
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
_____

   G.

The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
The Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukov
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Angels in America - Tony Kushner
Arsenic and Old Lace - Joseph Kesselring
Six Degrees of Separation - John Guave
Brideshead Revisted - Evelyn Waugh
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
The Easy Way Out - Stephen McCauley
_____

   Herman

Dispatches - Michael Herr
What Is Found There - Adrienne Rich
Illuminations - Walter Benjamin
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men - Agee and Evans
The White Album - Joan Didion
Poetry and the Age - Randall Jarrell
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
Regeneration Through Violence - Richard Slotkin
Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion
Three Guineas - Virginia Woolf
_____

   Karen

Little House books - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Joanna and Ulysses - May Sarton
Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBranty
The Oz books - L. Frank Baum
Room with a View - E. M. Forster
_____

   Lou

The Mitford Series - Jan Karon
Gift From the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
The Prophet - Khalil Gibran
The Immigrants - Howard Fast
A Friend is Someone Who Likes You - Joan Walsh Anglund
September - Rosamund Pilcher
The Glass Lake - Maeve Binchey
Goodbye, Mr. Chips - James Hilton
_____

   Lynne

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Hunger of Memory - Richard Rodriguez
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Reviving Ophelia - Mary Pipher
_____

   Maggie

Native Son - Richard Wright
The Outsider - Richard Wright
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Confession of Nat Turner - William Styron
The Women's Room - Marilyn French
The Origin of Consciousness in the Bicameral Mind - Julian Jaynes
Simple Entertaining - Martha Stewart
_____

   Marilyn

Man Without Qualities - Robert Musil
The Alexandrian Quartet - Lawrence Durrell
Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
Dubliners - James Joyce
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan - Aldous Huxley
Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Mornings in Mexico - D. H. Lawrence
_____

   Melva

The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin
Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
Light in August - William Faulkner
Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
The Brothers Karamaov - Fydor Dostoyevsky
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
Ulysses - James Joyce
Look Homeward, Angel - Thomas Wolfe
Collected Poems - T. S. Eliot
_____

   Mickey

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Cantos - Ezra Pound
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Go Down, Moses - William Faulkner
Mason and Dixon - Thomas Pynchon
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
A Passage to India - E. M. Forster
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot
_____

   Monica

Concluding - Henry Green
Something Happened - Joseph Heller
Collected Stories - Flannery O'Connor
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Mumbo Jumbo - Ishmael Reed
Housekeeping - Marilyn Robinson
The White Hotel - D. M. Thomas
Ten Tales Tall and True - Alasdair Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
_____

   Pierre

Duino Elegies - Rainer Marie Rilke
See Under: Love - David Grossman
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
The Painted Bird - Jerry Kosinski
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera
The Street of Crocodiles - Bruno Schulz
July's People - Nadine Gordimer
Labyrinths - Jorge Louise Borges
The Stranger - Albert Camus
_____

   Rik

All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
The Snow Leopard - Peter Matthiessen
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
The River That Flows Uphill - William Calvin
Turtle Island - Gary Snyder
The Small Room - May Sarton
The River Why - David James Duncan
River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean
Smokey the Cowhorse - Will James
Hell West and Crooked - Will Baker
_____

   Rosie

The Stand - Stephen King
What to Expect When You're Expecting - Eisenberg, Murkoff & Hathaway
Strangers - Dean Koontz
The Fannie Farmer Cookbook - Marion Cunningham
Zen in the Martial Arts - Joe Hymes
The Holy Bible
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Walk This Way - Stephen Davis
_____

   Sheila

Beloved - Toni Morrison
Last House - M. F. K. Fisher
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Gertrude Stein
O Come Ye Back to Ireland - Niall Williamson and Christine Breen
Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
Music for Chameleons - Truman Capote
Sanctuary - William Faulkner
The Journals of John Cheever - John Cheever
_____

   Sophie

Beach Music - Pat Conroy
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Angel of Darkness - Caleb Carr
She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe
The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
_____

   Stephanie

Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
The Neverending Story - Michael Ende
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgen
Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean
Good Earth - John Steinbeck
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The World According to Garp - John Irving




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Some book lists the staff made up themselves


Best Loved All-Time

Iliad & the Odyssey by Homer
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Pride and Prejudice by Austen
Moby Dick by Melville
Great Expectations by Dickens
War and Peace by Tolstoy
Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain
Long Valley, Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday by Steinbeck
Catcher in the Rye by Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee
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Great Reads

Middlemarch by Eliot
Passage to India by Forster
Mrs. Dalloway by Woolf
Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden by Steinbeck
Invisible Man by Ellison
Catch-22 by Heller
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garcia Marquez
Child of God by McCarthy
Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera
Things They Carried by O'Brien
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High Commitment Titles

In Search of Lost Time by Proust
Magic Mountain by Mann
Man Without Qualities by Musil
Waves by Woolf
Ulysses by Joyce
Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner
Recognitions by Gaddis
Lolita by Nabokov
Alexandrian Quartet by Durrell
Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon
Midnight's Children by Rushdie
Beloved by Morrison