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Porter Square Book of the Year Finalists 2015

The first round of voting has come to a close and we have now have our finalists for the 2015 Porter Square Book of the Year. You will be able to vote for your favorite from February 8 to February 15, on Twitter, Facebook, and in the store. We’ll be sharing more about the finalists this week, but here are their original picks.

 

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Porter Square Book of the Year 2015

Every January the booksellers at Porter Square Books look back on their staff picks from the past twelve months and select one to be their pick of the year. Sometimes the right book jumps right out and other times it’s an agonizing decision that we can fret over for weeks. The result is something like one of those Best of the Year lists that swarm through social media in December, but one that includes books in all genres, for all different types of readers and moods, and often, forgotten or overlooked gems from the past.

A Deep Dive: Frankentastic Reads

One of the advantages of digital reading is the ability to dive deeply into a topic or genre you’re excited about. Into Civil War novels, histories of orange farming in California, or travel guides to places you never plan to visit? In a few minutes you can fill your phone or ereader with as many books on your latest obsession, the topic you want to research, the genre you want to become an expert in.

A Deep Dive: Organize! Labor History from James Green

One of the advantages of digital reading is the ability to dive deeply into a topic or genre you’re excited about. Into Civil War novels, histories of orange farming in California, or travel guides to places you never plan to visit? In a few minutes you can fill your phone or ereader with as many books on your latest obsession, the topic you want to research, the genre you want to become an expert in.

A Nudge to Take a Risk on The Familiar

Sometimes reading is about comfort, about escape, about planning to have a specific emotional or intellectual experience and then having that planned experience. But reading can also be about the unexpected, about surprises, about taking risks. Reading is one of the great ways to bite off more than you can chew because, worse comes to worse, you can just put the book down and read something else.

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