Top Five Book Picks: Great Novels for Bookworms on Your Holiday Gift List Featured

In the spirit of the holidays and giving, we wondered about some top book selections for 2016 – what are some great options for the bibliophile on your list?

And of course, we turned to Ernest & Hadley Booksellers’ Easty Lambert-Brown. She’s an expert, after all! Here are her top five book picks - and thanks, Easty!

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes

My first introduction to Julian Barnes' works. It examines the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to correct and sometimes entirely erase our pasts.


Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Despite their forged relationships, these families form a bond that none of them would have predicted.


The Trespasser, by Tana French

This is the 6th book in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French but they can honestly be read as stand alone's and in any order. The characters are exceptionally developed and the plot expertly paced, feeding you glimpses of the truth and more than a few red herrings.


The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

What this book says about slavery is pivotal, but watch out for the ending. It will knock your socks off. Hint: The women's liberation movement had nothing on the two sisters featured in this book.


Nutshell, by Ian McEwan

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John, and is having an affair with his brother, Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.


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