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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 a 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
Still Life
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