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2012: The Favorites List: Fiction librarian Dena from Philbrick Hall has read over 250 books in 2012. She’s now narrowed her list down to her 21 favorite books of the year. All of these were published in 2012 and encompass both fiction and non-fiction, adult and teen. Head over to the Philbrick Hall Facebook page and let us know what your favorite books of 2012 were! more lists in this category
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Title: The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West
Author: Ahmad, Imran
ISBN: 9781455508495
Notes: Imran Ahmad immigrated to London from Pakistan at the age of one. This is his moving and hilarious memoir of growing up torn between his Islamic identity and his desire to embrace the West.

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Title: Pot, Inc. Inside America's Most Outlaw Industry—Medical Marijuana
Author: Campbell, Greg
ISBN: 9781402779251
Notes: When Colorado legalized medical marijuana, Campbell figured that he could be part of it. This is partly a memoir of a very small-scale ganjapreneur and a fascinating look at the history and politics of pot.

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Title: Croak
Author: Damico, Gina
ISBN: 9780547608327
Notes: 16 year old Lex is sent away from the city to her Uncle Mort's to get her out of trouble. But Uncle Mort is a Grim Reaper, and he plans on teaching Lex the family business.

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Title: Bared to You
Author: Day, Sylvia
ISBN: 9780425263907
Notes: Fifty Shades of Gray the way it should have been… Eva and Gideon have both been traumatized in the past. But together they can transform each other, if their wounds don’t tear them apart…

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Title: How to Date a Henchman
Author: Fee, Mari
ISBN: 9781426894312
Notes: Gina’s a college dropout receptionist and Burke’s a henchman for an evil supervillain. As the lines between good and evil blur, Gina and Burke attempt to save the day. Available as an ebook only.

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Title: Libriomancer
Author: Hines, Jim
ISBN: 9780756407391
Notes: What you read in books can be real - literally. With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad and a fire-spider, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . .

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Title: Wool
Author: Howey, Hugh
ISBN: 9781469984209
Notes: Thousands of people live in the Silo. They’ve lived underground so long they don’t remember ever living anywhere else. The punishment for expressing a desire to go outside is to get just what you wished for...

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Title: Paris in Love: a Memoir
Author: James, Eloisa
ISBN: 9781400069569
Notes: In 2009 NYT Bestselling author Eloisa James and her family ran away to Paris for a year. This memoir chronicles the simple joys of discovering ordinary life in an extraordinary city.

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Title: Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
Author: Kuhn, William
ISBN: 9780062208286
Notes: In an uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty's cheese set out to find Queen Elizabeth and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.

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Title: Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (a Mostly True Memoir)
Author: Lawson, Jenny
Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Putnam (2012)
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 9780399159015
Call Number: MCN
Notes: A hilarious memoir by the popular Bloggess. Everything from a magical talking squirrel to the state of her lady garden.