What are the best local books of 2016? 2 St. Louis booksellers' picks for winter reading, gifts
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.
“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:
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:
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:
Lamb by Christopher Moore (fiction) Notorious RBG (non-fiction)— Robyn M. Schrager (@rmsoriginal) December 14, 2016
the bicycle diaries by David Byrne.— Brett (@brflux) December 14, 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
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