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Best Books of 2018

January 4, 2019
Kerry Pettis Bookwoman

These are my favorites of the books I reviewed this year.

Nonfiction:

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

A young man becomes so obsessed by Victorian fly-tying that he breaks in to a British Natural History Museum to steal some.

Call me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

A Somali refugee tells his story of coming to America.

The day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

Small Newfoundland towns welcome 9/11 “plane people” after the World Trade Center attack. The Broadway musical “Come From Away” is based on this true story.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The former First Lady tells her own story.

Fiction:

Run by Blake Crouch

Set in a futuristic Western United States, a family attempts to flee to Canada after a strange illness decimates the country’s population.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

A career CIA analyst begins to have questions about her husband’s past.

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

A school shooting told from the viewpoint of the brother of one of the victims.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Stricken with agoraphobia and unable to leave her apartment, a woman believes she has seen a murder from her window.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

A mash-up of true and untrue, the author is invited to help solve a murder and then write a book about it.

Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman

A primate researcher has to help save a family of bonobos when a huge storm forces them out of their Institute home.

Still Me by JoJo Moyes

The final book in the “Me Before You” trilogy takes our heroine to New York City.

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

2018′s One Book One Broomfield winner—a very timely immigrant story.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Winner of the 2018 National Book Award—a dog story.

Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation.

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