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What are the best local books of 2016? 2 St. Louis booksellers' picks for winter reading, gifts

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What are your favorite books of 2016? We're taking suggestions: email talk@stlpublicradio.org.

Need something to entertain you during the long, cold winter? Still looking for gifts for your family and friends?  Why not go for a well-chosen book by a local author?

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, we heard from two local booksellers about their favorite local and national titles both for gifts and for reading time over the holidays.

Holland Saltsman is the owner of The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves. Alex Weir is the manager of Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop.

“We do have a hefty number of local authors,” Saltsman said.  “And not only local authors but this year exploded with people covering St. Louis, all kinds of things to do with St. Louis. When we were comparing notes earlier for which books we had picked, we had absolutely no cross-over at all. This year, in particular, it was a huge list.”

Holland’s local picks: 

Holland Saltsman, owner, The Novel Neighbor
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Holland Saltsman, owner, The Novel Neighbor

For the younger St. Louis reader …

Ryan Nusbickel’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Toasted Rav”

For inspiration …

John O’Leary’s “On Fire

Listen to our interview with O’Leary here.

For something a little darker …

The local anthology edited by Scott Phillips, “St. Louis Noir

For the quirky explorer …

David Baugher’s “Secret St. Louis

Listen to our interview with Baugher here.

Alex’s local picks:

Alex Weir, manager, Subterranean Books.
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Alex Weir, manager, Subterranean Books.

For the outdoorsperson …

Susan Flader’s “Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Exploring Our Legacy

For the sports fan …

Joe Buck’s “Lucky Bastard

Listen to our interview with Buck here.

For the history buff …

Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz’s “Capturing the City

Listen to our interview with Heathcott and Dietz here

For the musically-inclined …

Bruce Olson’s two volume  history, “That St. Louis Thing

Listen to the full discussion about books, independent bookstore life, books for the younger reader and titles to look forward to in 2017 here:

Listeners' picks for their favorite books (not necessarily local) of 2016:

Angie on Facebook: “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal

Jennifer on Facebook: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” by George R.R. Martin

Kat on Facebook: “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

David on Facebook: “Inside a Silver Box” by Walter Mosley  

We also want to hear from you: What was your favorite book of 2016 — local or national — that you would recommend to someone else? Email us at talk@stlpublicradio.org or tweet @STLonAir.

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region. 

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Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.
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