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Nancy Pearl’s Best Books of 2008

Happy New Year everyone! Even though we all have new calendars, ’tis still the season for last year’s best lists. I wanted to share Nancy Pearl’s list as I feel it has some books on it that aren’t showing up on all of the other lists. One of the things I love about Nancy is she just goes with the books that she enjoyed most reading–so you’ll see genre titles or even children’s or teen titles on her lists. You can also listen to Nancy talking about these books via Podcast, here.


Nancy Pearl’s favorite books of 2008


City of Thieves by David Benioff is one of Nancy Pearl’s favorite books of 2008. In this special archived conversation, Dave Beck talks with Nancy about the book. Here is Nancy’s complete list of her favorite books of the year.

My Favorite Books of 2008:


David Benioff. City of Thieves
Jonathan Carroll. The Ghost in Love
James Collins. Beginner’s Greek
Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games
Louise Erdrich. The Plague of Doves
Nick Harkaway. The Gone Away World
Jack Miles. Dear American Airlines
Toni Morrison. A Mercy
Christine Schutt. All Souls
Elizabeth Strout. Olive Kitteridge
Don Robertson. The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
Steve Toltz. A Fraction of the Whole


Dan Ariely. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Marie Brenner. Apples and Oranges
Tim Flannery. Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature
Philip Gourevitch, ed. The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III
Mark Harris. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
Tony Horwitz. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
Maira Kalman. Principles of Uncertainty
Jane Mayer. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror turned Into a War on American Ideals
Annette Gordon Reed. The Hemmingses of Monticello: An American Family
Joan Wickersham. The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order



About the Author:

Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

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