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What We Liked This Year

Staff Picks: Best of 2013


Sharing our favorites with you is one way we support KPL’s strategic plan priority of “reading, viewing, and listening for pleasure.” These are some of the titles that KPL staff thought were the best of 2013.

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Bill Caskey

Children’s Room Lead Librarian | Blog Posts

Picture Books

My Father's Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lund and Øyvind Torseter

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead

Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins


P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Tenth of December by George Saunders

She Loves Me Not by Rick Hansen


Don't Pigeonhole Me!: two decades of the Mo Willems sketchbook by Mo Willems, with a foreword by Eric Carle.
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier


Ghost on Ghost by Iron and Wine





Eleanore Chadderdon

Library Associate | Blog Posts


Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

How they were found by Matt Bell

Habits of the house &Long live the king by Fay Weldon

American Savage by Dan Savage

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

The song of the quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde

What’s wrong with homosexuality? by John Corvino

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Gulp by Mary Roach

Behind the shattered glass by Tasha Alexander

I’m a frog! , A big guy took my ball!, & That is not a good idea! by Mo Willems





Amy Chase

Children’s Librarian | Blog Posts


From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos

When Lions Roar  by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Chirs Raschka

Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

Doggone Feet! By Leslie Helakoski

Reached (Matched Trilogy 3) by Ally Condie

Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana by Kid Chef Eliana, Soleil Lisette and Dianne De Las Casas

A Farmer’s Life for Me by Jan Dobbins (book with CD)

Pictures of the best kind : the first century of the Muskegon Museum of Art by Marilyn Verduin Andersen


Lee Daniels’ The Butler








Michael Cockrell

Head of Adult Services | 
Blog Posts: BooksMoviesMusic  


Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

Tenth of December: stories by George Saunders

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Night Film : a novel by Marisha Pessl  

Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the greatest sports conspiracy ever by Reed Albergotti 

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

To Save Everything Click Here : the folly of technological solutionism by Evgeny Morozov

The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne 

MaddAddam : a novel by Margaret Atwood

Farm City by Novella Carpenter

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell


Breaking Bad

House of Cards

Upstream Color

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Beauty is Embarrassing: the Wayne White Story

Room 237

A Band Called Death

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks


Reflektor by Arcade Fire

Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg

Amok by Atoms for Peace

Blowout by The So So Glos

Nomad by Bombino





Nancy Davis-Smith

Lead Librarian, Oshtemo | Blog Posts

Children’s Books

Al Capone does my Homework by Gennifer Choldenko

My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis (2012)

Teen Books

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Game by Barry Lyga


The Heist by Janet Evanovich


Now You See Me

NCIS season 10

Nashville complete season 1


Two Lanes of Freedom by Tim McGraw

Pioneer by Band Perry

Golden by Lady Antebellum








Stewart Fritz

Teen Librarian | Blog Posts


Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald

Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

RASL by Jeff Smith

Mind MGMT Vol. 1: The Manager by Matt Kindt

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


The World’s End

Before Midnight

Monsters University

Wreck-It Ralph


Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada

Oshin by Diiv

Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe

MBV by My Bloody Valentine

Trouble Will Find Me by The National

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You by Neko Case

I Bet On Sky by Dinosaur Jr.

Bankrupt! By Phoenix

Amygdala by DJ Koze





Ryan Gage

Audiovisual & Law Librarian |
Blog Posts: BooksMovies, Music


Artful by Ali Smith

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell

Here and Now: Letters, 2008-2011 by Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

My Lunches with Orson by Peter Biskind

Portrait Inside My Head: Essays by Phillip Lopate

You and Me by Padgett Powell


Museum Hours

The Imposter

12 Years A Slave

Inside Llewyn Davis

Parks and Recreation (Television)


Philip Roth Unmasked

The Central Park Five

Stories We Tell

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Upstream Color

Rectify (Television)

The Act of Killing

Room 237


Behind the Candelabra


Neighboring Sounds

Chasing Ice

A Touch of Sin


Soft Will by Smith Westerns

The Stand-In by Caitlin Rose

In Guards We Trust by Guards

MBV by My Bloody Valentine

Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg

Personal Record by Eleanor Friedberger

Permanent Signal by Porcelain Raft

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You by Neko Case

Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

Home Life by Andrew Cedermark

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 

Paracosm by Washed Out

Defend Yourself by Sebadoh

Dream River by Bill Callahan





Gary Green

Head, Technical Services / ILS |
Blog Posts: BooksMovies


The Fiddles go on Strike by Bobby Claeys

Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer

Half Moon by Eion Colfer

Zero Hour by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Dearie by Bob Spitz

Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker


Robot and Frank

The Magic of Belle Isle

Mary and Max

Man on a Ledge

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

The Impossible

Life of Pi

Jack the Giant Slayer

The Last Stand

Bullet to the Head

Olympus has Fallen





Caitlin Hoag

Reference and Law Librarian | Blog Posts


Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: a Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield

Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III

Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano


Orphan Black

The Act of Killing

Francis Ha

Parks and Recreation


The Imposter





Dan Hoag

Cataloging Librarian | Blog Posts


Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

Expecting Better by Emily Oster

Hollywood Said No! by David Cross & Bob Odenkirk with Brian Posehn

Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants by


The Act of Killing


Much Ado about Nothing


Blue Jasmine

Stories We Tell

The World’s End

The Spectacular Now

Fruitvale Station

A Band Called Death


Breaking Bad

Game of Thrones


Mad Men

Parks and Recreation



…Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age

The Afterman: Ascension/Descension by Coheed and Cambria

Heartthrob by Tegan & Sara

Ballet the Boxer 1 by Ours

Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails

New Constellation by Toad the Wet Sprocket

Mechanical Bull by Kings of Leon

The Civil Wars by The Civil Wars

Trouble Will Find Me by The National

Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs





Keith Howard

Web Coordinator |
Blog Posts: Books, Music  


Storms & Sand: A Story of Shipwrecks and the Big Sable Point Coast Guard Station by Grace & Steve Truman 

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young


Life of Pi

Person of interest. The complete second season
Person of interest. The complete first season

Get All You Deserve - Live In Mexico by Steven Wilson


The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) by Steven Wilson

Man & Myth by Roy Harper

And I’ll Scratch Yours by Peter Gabriel

The Next Day by David Bowie

The Jazz Age by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra

Jubilee by The Deep Dark Woods

Another Self Portrait: (1969-1971) by Bob Dylan

Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam

Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Rhythm & Blues by Buddy Guy

Jericho Road by Eric Bibb

Didn’t It Rain by Hugh Laurie

Between the Ditches by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Parlor Guitar Christmas by Joel Mabus (2012)

Lux by Brian Eno (2012)

Shadowlands by Klaus Schulze

Kveikur by Sigur Rós





Kevin King

Head of Branch and IT Services |
Blog Posts: MoviesMusic


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes by John Rosengren

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett (Authors); Matthew Myers (Illustrator)

Let It Burn by Steve Hamilton

Big Star: The Story of Rock’s Forgotten Band by Rob Jovanovic

Leading the Starbucks Way by Joseph A. Michelli

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman

Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka

Lexicon by Max Barry


Before Midnight

Iron Man 3

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Star Trek: Into Darkness

42 : the Jackie Robinson story 

House of Cards: The Complete First Season

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series

Despicable Me 2

A Band Called Death

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Nothing Can Hurt Me: Original Soundtrack by Big Star

Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara

Dormarion by Telekinesis

The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae

Wise Up Ghost by Elvis Costello & The Roots

Shruggy Ji by Red Baraat

The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You by Neko Case

Electric by Pet Shop Boys

Gone Away Backwards by Robbie Fulks

Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

AM by Arctic Monkeys





Karl Knack

Library Assistant, Audiovisual | 
Blog Posts: Movies, Music


Riotfest Chicago featuring the Replacements, et al.

The Next Day by David Bowie

The RCA Albums Collection by Harry Nilsson

Meijer Gardens live set by David Byrne and St. Vincent

Victim of Love by Charles Bradley

Higher! by Sly and the Family Stone

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit featuring Animal Collective, et al.

The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You by Neko Case

Wise Up Ghost : and Other Stories by Elvis Costello and the Roots

My kid singing along to “Roar” by Katy Perry





Jill Lansky

Library Associate, Teen Services | Blog Posts


33 Minutes by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

Zebra Forest by Adina Gewertz

The Boy on the Wooden Box:  How the Impossible became Possible on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson

Bluffton:  My Summers with Buster by Matt Phelan





Susan Lindemann

Facilities Management | Blog Posts


The worse things get, the harder I fight, the harder I fight, the more I love you by Neko Case

Reflektor by Arcade Fire
Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
Silence Yourself by Savages
Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara
Trouble Will Find Me by The National
AM by Arctic Monkeys
Ghost on Ghost by Iron and Wine
MBV by My Bloody Valentine
RKives by Rilo Kiley








Alex Merrill

Youth Services Library Assistant | Blog Posts

Adult Books

Skinner by Charlie Huston

Understanding Basic Electronics by Walter Banzhaf

Fractal Prince  by Hannu Rajaniemi

Children’s Books

Spirit Seeker : John Coltrane's musical journey by Gary Golio, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

Arduino by Terence O’Neill

Topsy Turvy World by Atak

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

Audiobooks [also available in Book format]

Words Can Change Your Brain by Andrew B. Newberg & Mark Robert Waldman


The Way We Move by Langhorne Slim


Samsara by Ron Fricke, et al.





Sarah Nyenhuis

Youth Services Library Assistant | Blog Posts

Children’s Books

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Backyard biology: investigate habitats outside your door with 25 projects by Donna Latham

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers

My Father’s Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Oyvind Torseter

Adult Books

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Interestings: a novel by Meg Wolitzer

Schroder: a novel by Amity Gaige

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel

Her: a Memoir by Christa Parravani


Arrested Development – Season 4


Broken Bells by Broken Bells

Personal Record by Eleanor Friedberger

The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film

Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die by Panic at the Disco

Heartthrob by Tegan & Sara

Mosquito by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs





Judi Rambow

Lead Librarian, Powell & Eastwood Branches | 
Blog Posts


Trapped: a novel by Irene Hannon
Tell Meby Lisa Jackson

A Walk with the Dead by Sally Spencer

Stepping Stone and Love Machine by Walter Mosley

Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen

Dangerous Refuse by Elizabeth Lowell

Kinsey and Me: stories by Sue Grafton

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

The Man in 3B by Carl Weber

Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister


Still foolin' 'em : where I’ve been, where I'm going, and where the hell are my keys? by Billy Crystal

The Inheritor's Powder : a tale of arsenic, murder, and the new forensic science by Sandra Hempel

Don't hurry me down to Hades : the Civil War in the words of those who lived it by Susannah J. Ural

Short & sweet : the best of home baking by Dan Lepard

I got schooled : the unlikely story of how a moonlighting movie maker learned the five keys to closing America's education gap by M. Night Shyamalan

The man called Brown Condor : the forgotten history of an African American fighter pilot by Thomas E. Simmons

Angles of ascent: a Norton anthology of contemporary African American poetry edited by Charles Henry Rowell

Double victory : how African American women broke race and gender barriers to help win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach

Divided we fail: the story of an African American community that ended the era of school desegregation by Sarah Garland

Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

Children's Books

Light in the Darkness: A Story about how slaves learned in Secret by Lesa Cline-Ransome

A Green Kids Guide to Garden Pest Removal by Richard Lay

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

If you could be mine by Sara Farizan

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Block

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by Patrick Lewis     

Champion: a Legend novel by Marie Lu

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

Picture me gone by Meg Rosoff








Karen Santamaria

Readers Services Librarian | Blog Posts


Drama High by Michael Y. Sokolove

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

The Signature of All Things  by Elizabeth Gilbert


Who’s Feeling Young Now? by Punch Brothers

Rattle Them Bones by Big Bad VooDoo Daddy

Love This Giant by David Byrne and St. Vincent

Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

Junction by Hot Club of Detroit





Steve Siebers

Materials Selection Librarian | Blog Posts


Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Thrift Store Saints by Jane Knuth

Farm City by Novella Carpenter

On Heaven and Earth by Pope Francis

The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen

Finding God edited by John Mulder

What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom Angleberger


Stories We Tell

Paradise Lost 3

Ride the Divide

56 Up

Beauty Is Embarrassing

Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry


The Oath

Portlandia Season 2

Parks & Recreation Season 5


AM by Arctic Monkeys

Invisible Way by Low

Ghost on Ghost by Iron & Wine








Matt Smith

Associate Librarian, Adult Services | Blog Posts


Francis of Assisi : a new biography by Augustine Thompson

Born for Love by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce Duncan Perry

It’s Enough to Make you Sick by Jeffrey M. Lobosky

The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen

Brain Wars by Mario Beauregard

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

BlindSpot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Beyond Religion by the Dalai Lama XIV

The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Zealot by Reza Aslan


Cloud Atlas

The Imposter

Hunger Games


The Central Park Five

Life of Pi



The Master





Nancy Stern

Lead Librarian, Washington Square | Blog Posts


East of Denver by Gregory Hill

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Here, there and everywhere by William Least Heat Moon

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Beggar’s opera by Peggy Blair

Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleve

How the light gets in by Louise Penny


Safety not guaranteed






Andrea Vernola

Librarian, Children’s Room | Blog Posts

Children’s Books

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Hold Fast by Blue Balliet

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein


Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

Teen/Tween Books

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Adult Nonfiction

Relish by Lucy Knisley

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

Adult Fiction

Me Before You by Jojo Meyes 


Parenthood Season 4

New Girl Season 3

Les Miserables (2013)

About Time

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Silver Linings Playbook


Magpie and the Dandelion by the Avett Brothers

Meet Me at the Edge of the World by Over the Rhine





Sue Warner

Head of Youth Services | Blog Posts

Children’s Books

Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Busy-Busy Little Chick by Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz and Vali Mintzi

Journey by Aaron Becker

Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

The Long, Long Journey: the Godwit’s Amazing Migration by Sandra Markle, Illustrations by Mia Posada

It’s a Tiger!  by David LaRochelle, illustrated by FJeremy Tankard

Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

Train by Elisha Cooper

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

Teen Books

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Adult Books

Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson

Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

Suspect by Robert Crais

Benediction by Kent Haruf

Let Him Go by Larry Watson

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig





Bethany Wells

Library Aide | Blog Posts


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My Heart is an Idiot by Davy Rothbart

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Holy Brother: Inspiring Stories and Enchanted Tales about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach by Yitta Halberstam Mandelbaum

The Grapes of Wrath  by John Steinbeck

Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Help by Kathryn Stockett




Pride and Prejudice

This is the End

Young Victoria

Wild Target

Downton Abbey

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The Magnificant Seven


Rubber Soul by The Beatles

Dark is the Way, Light is a Place by Anberlin

Les Miserables (1987 Original Broadway Cast)

Return Again by Moshav Band

Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine

Youth by Matisyahu

Get Born by Jet

The 2nd Law by Muse

Trevor Hall by Trevor Hall