Staff Picks — Best of 2012

Here is a list of some of our Staff Picks for the Best of 2012!  Place a hold or stop by your local branch to check one out.

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (2012)

At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course to save and protect, and reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill (2012)

Reluctantly abandoning her crime-reporting job to accompany her family to her mother’s newly acquired holiday camp on Thailand’s Gulf of Siam, Jimm Juree investigates a morbid local mystery in the hopes of revamping her career.

True Sisters by Sandra Dallas (2012)

Joining the ranks of emigrants responding to Brigham Young’s edict to move to Salt Lake City with two-wheeled handcarts as their only mode of travel, four women share a grueling journey of survival that tests the bonds of their friendship and faith.

Hologram for the King by David Eggers (2012)

A struggling American businessman travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city with the hopes of securing a contract that will earn him a commission large enough to stave off his economic woes and hold his family together.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  (2012)

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock (2011)

Once confident and ambitious, Noelle had become crippled by anxiety, lacking the courage required even to attend a dinner party—until inspiration struck one day in the form of a quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Home Front by Kristin Hannah (2012)

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart.

Dog Stars by Peter Heller (2012)

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson (2012)

A powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family.

Does this Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen (2012)

After reconnecting with her roots and her family in Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, the author describes her newfound faith and interesting experiences hanging out with Pentecostals after she begins dating a churchgoer.

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson (2012)

In 1923, devout Eva English and her not-so-religious sister Lizzie embark on a journey to be missionaries in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar.

A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller (2012)

Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner in Ackers Gap, West Virginia, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Or was it connected to the spate of drug violence?

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber (2012)

Jo Marie Rose opens the Rose Harbor Inn bed and breakfast in Cedar Cove in order to start a new life, but the inn and its first guests bring surprises into Jo’s life.

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (2012)

When a peaceful monastery in Quebec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (2012)

Working alongside his mother and brother restoring a historic hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland, Owen Montgomery falls for a childhood friend.

Come Home by Lisa  Scottoline  (2012)

Rebalancing her life and career after a painful divorce, pediatrician Jill learns that her ex has died from an alleged overdose that her former stepdaughter believes was actually murder.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (2012)

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2012)                                                         In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.


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