ABC’s Favorite Books of 2008 (A – D)

(My NaNo word count:  5930)


It’s the time of year again to reveal to you what we have enjoyed reading the most during the past year.  Loads of colleagues have handed in their favorites, and, like last year, Hayley and I are going to post them all!  And we’re going to do it alphabetically, since that comes most naturally to us booksellers. We hope you enjoy everyone’s recommendations.

First up, after the jump, are Aviva (Amsterdam, Erotica buyer), Barry (Den Haag, Current Affairs and Travel Literature buyer), and Dennis (Amsterdam Warehouse).


1 – The Big Twitch by Sean Dooley

2 – America Unchained : a Freewheeling Roadtrip in Search of Non-corporate Usa by Dave Gorman

3 – In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

4 – Quick Vegetarian Pleasures: More Than 175 Fast, Delicious, and Healthy Meatless Recipes by Jeanne Lemlin

5 – Harper’s, The Utne Reader, and various other politically tinted magazines to feed my political curiosity and ire.

Barry (the fiction list)

1.  Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
2. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
3. Confessions of a Gambler by Rayda Jacobs
4. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
5. The Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander

Barry (the nonfiction list)

1. Dinner With Mugabe by Heidi Holland
2. The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
3. Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill
4. I Wouldn’t Start From Here by Peter Mueller
5. Beaufort by Ron Leshem


Quinn’s Book by William Kennedy
Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss