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MVPL Staff Picks: Best Books of 2012

It’s time. We’ve given you the best books of 2012 from the NY Times, the Washington Post, Book Riot, and many more. Now the staff of the Mill Valley Public Library are ready to announce their favorite books published in 2012 for your reading delight.

MVPL Staff Favorites of 2012


San Miguel by T.C. Boyle

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Gone Girl by Gilian Flynn

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

That’s Not a Feeling by Dan Josefson

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel

Office Girl by Joe Meno

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

NW by Zadie Smith

The Age of Miracles by Kristen Thompson Walker


What it Was by George Pelecanos

The Twenty Year Death by Ariel S. Winter

Young Adult Fiction:

Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Every Day by David Levithan

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Graphic Novels:

Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

The Art of Daniel Clowes, Modern Cartoonist by Alvin Buenaventura

The Hive by Charles Burns

God & Science: Return of the Ti-Girls by Jaime Hernandez

Building Stories by Chris Ware


Who is That Man? In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton (biography)

Robert Duncan: the Ambassador from Venus by Lisa Jarnot (biography)

Townie: a Memoir by Andre Dubus III (memoir)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson (memoir)

Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (memoir)

One Shot at Forever: a Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, & a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard (sports)

The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! By John and Mary McDougall (health)

Eminent Outlaws: the Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram (literature/gender)

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters edited by Dan Wakefield (correspondence)

Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (essays/advice)

The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin (politics)

The Book of a Thousand Eyes by Lyn Hejinan (poetry)

The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine edited by Don Share & Christopher Wiman (poetry)

Bender, by Dean Young (poetry)

Instant: the Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos (camera industry)

One Response to “ MVPL Staff Picks: Best Books of 2012 ”

  1. I’m so thrilled that you picked Don’t Turn Around, especially since I’m right across the bridge in SF! What a great holiday gift.

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