Algonquin Staff Picks of 2011

2011 was definitely a banner year for books. For this year’s roundup of our favorites, many of us selected Kevin Wilson’s hilarious and brilliant novel, The Family Fang. (Kevin, come back and visit us soon!) If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to add it to your list.

Happy holidays and happy reading to all!


Kelly Bowen, Publicity Manager

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern





Megan Fishmann, Publicist

Blood, Bones & Butter, by Garbielle Hamilton

Townie, by Andre Dubus III

Blueprints for Building Better Girls, by Elissa Schappell





Elise Howard, Publisher, Books for Young Readers

Liesl and Po, by Lauren Oliver

Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai

Room, by Emma Donoghue





Lauren Moseley, Publicity Assistant

Galore, by Michael Crummey

Life on Mars, by Tracy K. Smith






Emily Parliman, Assistant to the Publisher

The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides

I Married You For Happiness, by Lily Tuck

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett





Craig Popelars, Marketing Director

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, by Wade Davis

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

The Wave: In Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey




Kathy Pories, Senior Editor

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson

Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bossypants, by Tina Fey





Shannon Ravenel, Editor at Large

Emily Alone, by Stewart O’Nan

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson

Turn of Mind, by Alice LaPlante





Ina Stern, Associate Publisher

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson







Michael Taeckens, Online and Paperback Marketing Director

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson

Pulphead, by John Jeremiah Sullivan

The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht





Anne Winslow, Art Director

The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht








6 Comments On This Post:

December 12, 2011
9:52 am
Alison's Book Marks says...

Great list! I love that you posted it!! Thanks!

December 12, 2011
10:01 am
Larrey Riddle says...

Hi folks,

I love the picks. It would be nice, however, to be able to click to a description of the book. Maybe to buy one…Great marketers like you guys must have thought about that.

December 12, 2011
10:48 am
Dana - Lets Book It says...

I’ve never heard of ‘The Family Fang’. Now I’ll have to track it down. Great list!!

December 12, 2011
10:53 am
Rachel says...

I love when companies and/or bookies post staff picks. I’ve read 5 of the 23 books listed. I have The Night Circus on hold at the library and can’t wait to read it. After reading this The Family Fang has got to be on my To-Read List! Room is already on my reading list. Thanks for the post and yes, Happy READING!!!!

December 13, 2011
10:41 pm
Michael says...

You guys have great taste. Many of my faves on here, including Ready Player One, Blood Bones and Butter, Bossypants and Townie. Family Fang is on my TBR pile!

January 2, 2012
3:25 pm
Stacie Michelle Williams says...

Read and loved 7 out of the 23 titles listed here and there’s another half a dozen I’d really like to read! Solid list, friends!

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