25th Anniversary

DDG's 25th Anniversary 25 Books of the Year - 1991-2015

DDG turned 25 on May 1st 2016!  Here are our book of the year picks starting from 1991.

Possession (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679735908
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Published: Vintage - October 1st, 1991

Smilla's Sense of Snow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385315142
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Published: Delta - October 1st, 1995

The Shipping News Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671510053
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 1994

Corelli's Mandolin: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679763970
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Published: Vintage - August 29th, 1995

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440418320
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Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312420369
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Published: Picador - December 7th, 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590353427
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

The Dragon of Lonely Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763628055
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Published: Candlewick - April 11th, 2006

This was a store favorite and when it went out of print I lobbied the publisher to see it come back into print. One other store was lobbying too, The Flying Pig in Shelburne Vermont.The reprint happened in 2006 and it is still in print. Also, though I didn't know the Flying Pig owners at the time we later become big pals and still are!

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064407663
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Published: HarperCollins - August 25th, 1999

We loved the Bad Beginning right from the beginning. Here is a review I did For the Franklin journal back in 2000. A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The Thief Lord Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Christian Birmingham (Illustrator), Christian Birmingham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545227704
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Published: Chicken House - May 1st, 2010

What a book! Here is my Franklin Journal review from 2003.The Thief Lord

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060855024
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 25th, 2006

Still a store favorite. Here is my review from 2001. River Town.

A Story for Bear Cover Image
By Dennis Haseley, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152002398
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2002

The Amulet of Samarkand (A Bartimaeus Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786852550
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2004

Utterly Me, Clarice Bean Cover Image
By Lauren Child, Lauren Child (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763627881
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Published: Candlewick - March 3rd, 2005

An all time DDG favorite! Here is my reivew from back in the day. Utterly Me Clarice Bean!

Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608933938
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Published: Down East Books - December 1st, 2014

An all time DDG Bestseller, set one town over, and written by Old Store Pal Bill Roorbach.

The Arrival Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

A magnificient book! Here is the write up I did for the local newspaper holiday gift guide.

Ellis Island is at once a firm piece of history and a beguiling metaphor. The sense of passage, the struggle for entry, the strangeness and immersion, the aspirations and complex realities which mark Ellis Island, make for both compelling history and a dramatic representation of many aspects of the human experience.

            It is perhaps fitting, given all the holiday bustle, not to mention the struggle among book titles to be a popular choice during the holiday season, that a story whose tale is rooted in the immigration experience, by a relatively unknown Australian author, should be the finest gift book of the year. The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, is a story told entirely through sequential pictures. Several of the drawings are based upon turn of the century historical photographs, rooting the book in the Ellis Island period. The brilliance and the wonder of the book, apart from the truly exquisite drawings, is the element of the fantastic which Tan inserts. The marvel of The Arrival is that its readers are placed inside the story. We too cannot read the signs and billboards written in a strange language. The odd animals and unknown machines are, at first, as bewildering to us as they are to the immigrants. As the story progresses, we move along with it, gaining at first a foothold, and then a steadily building comprehension of the world through which we are traveling.

            The Arrival is a truly exceptional book. To read it is to enjoy a unique, wondrous, and satisfying experience. Giving it as a gift this holiday season isn’t a bad idea either. 

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

Where is book three of The Kingkiller trilogy> No idea. But here is my review of book one from The Daily Bulldog in 2007. The Name of the Wind.

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 1st, 2010

The Angel's Game: A Psychological Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767931113
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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 2010

The Angel's game, which was our pick for Best Fiction Title of 2009 as well as having been the subject of The False Opinion Corrector,

The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345504975
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2011

If you're a fiction lover you want a big book that's big fun, and The Passage is both of those things. A calamitous future, fascinatingly developed over a broad span of time, characters you grow attached to, lots of unexpected twists and turns, and flashes of grand style set amidst a hurtling pace is just the thing to spend some time hunkered down with.

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The Night Circus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Huge store favorite here. Speaking of Night Circus here is my interview with its author Erin Morgenstern!

Every great story is an enchanted mirror, reflecting both the nature and action of its creation, and the varied experiences of its audience. The Night Circus, warm, brilliantly original, exciting and romantic, is such a book. Some follow the Night Circus as it travels from city to city, experiencing it many times. Others enter its gates only when the Circus appears in their neighborhood, while still others never seek admission. Anyone who does not enter the pages of this novel will be much the poorer for it. This magnificent tale of tales, of passionate contests, of adjoining rooms of wonder and intimacy is itself a wonder and a challenge to all who enter. Whether you call it magic or manipulation Morgenstern has employed her art to put on a literary spectacle from whose pages you will not wish to escape. If you missed it in hardcover take the plunge now.

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544002326
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Published: Mariner Books - June 11th, 2013

A wonderful memoir from store favorite Monica Wood. You can read more about the book here in my interview with the author.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

There are successful works of non-fiction that take a mediocre story and live on the strength of their author. There are stories of such strength that they hold up some mediocre storytelling. Boys in the Boat is that rare and exceptional combination of a great story told by a masterful storyteller. As moving as it is compelling, this tale of the 1936 American Olympian rowing team is the perfect read for pretty much anyone.

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The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142423660
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Published: Puffin Books - June 16th, 2015

The Glass Sentence is a marvelous work of imaginative fantasy and adventure for all ages. Here is my interview with it's delightful author, S.E. Grove

Seveneves: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062190376
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Published: William Morrow - May 19th, 2015

Here is my full review of Seveneves in the Daily Bulldog

Seveneves is so grounded in good science, solid sociology and astute psychology, that it is an absolute pleasure to be immersed in. Humanity has two years before the fragmentation rate of the moon accelerates exponentially to the point of becoming an apocalyptic event rendering the surface of the planet uninhabitable for 5,000 years. Billions are going to die, but to prevent total extinction a sudden and quantum effort involving both technology and psychology will be required.

At 861 pages, Seveneves is a commitment to be sure. This is no time to be commitment averse, however. First of all the book is only dense in the sense that it hurtles along at enormous speed like an accelerating bolide fragment. In fact, it is such an unusually satisfying reading experience that, if the world were going to end in two years, I would still recommend spending a chunk of your remaining time reading it.