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25th Anniversary Staff Picks

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we chose our favorite books over the last 25 years. It was a long process (it felt like 25 years!) because narrowing it down to just one book per year was darn hard. Here are the results for your reading pleasure!
 

Animal Dreams

1990

Animal Dreams

Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Acres

1991

A Thousand Acres

Jane Smiley

The Secret History

1992

The Secret History

Donna Tartt  

A Lesson Before Dying

1993

A Lesson
Before Dying

Ernest J. Gaines 

 

A Map of the World

1994

A Map of the World

Jane Hamilton

Longitude

1995

Longitude

Dava Sobel 

Angels's Ashes

1996

Angela's Ashes 

Frank McCourt

The Perfect Storm

1997

The Perfect Storm

Sebastian Junger

How To Cook Everything

1998

How to Cook Everything

Mark Bittman

Girl with ah Pearl Earring

1999

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier

 

In the Heart of the Sea

2000

In The Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick

Tell No One

2001

Tell No One

Harlan Coben

Middlesex

2002

Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides

The Devil in the White City

2003

The Devil in the
White City

Erik Larson

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

2004

The Complete Cartoons of
The New Yorker

Robert Mankoff

 

Still Life

2005

Louise Penny

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

2006

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Bill Bryson

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

2007

The Brief Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

 

Olive Kitteridge

2008

Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout

The Help

2009

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2010

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

Steve Jobs

2011

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

2012

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

Jan-Philipp Sendker

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

2013

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Anthony Marra

All the Light We Cannot See

2014

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr