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.



Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi NovikEvery ten years, the Dragon descends from his keep to take a new girl from the village. This is the price they pay for protection against the evil Wood. Agnieszka knows that she will never be picked ­­ she's not pretty or brave enough. But then the Dragon comes. You think you know where this story goes. You don't. Uprooted takes everything gorgeous about classic fantasy and gives it an utterly fresh twist. Read if you loved McKinley's Beauty.



An Exaggerated Murder by Josh Cook

An Exaggerated Murder by Josh CookThe great lie of detective fiction is that the world makes sense: there are no coincidences; criminal motives are simple and decipherable; every clue is a step along the path to resolution. Sherlock Holmes is no match for the real world but fortunately, Trike Augustine is, at least most of the time. Some crimes are just too stupid, even for Trike, and this might be one of them. This is a hilariously weird and philosophical detective novel by Porter Square Books’ own debut novelist --­ a talented new voice, whose next offering I’m already looking forward to reading!



SPQR by Mary Beard

SPQR by Mary BeardInformed by the many new discoveries and interpretations of contemporary scholarship, yet eminently readable and conversational in tone, Beard engagingly reexamines what we know of ancient Roman history, in process revising many myths of its thousand year span.







The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie OakesMinnow Bly lost everything to the Kevinian cult: twelve years of life, her family, and, after she rebels, even her hands. Now the Kevinian leader is dead, the cult camp in flames, and Minnow may be the only person who knows what happened. But she's not talking... This book is at once an indictment of the juvenile justice system and an exploration of faith and misuse of power. Simultaneously, breathtaking and harrowing.



A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson

A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total GeniusHave you ever read a book and wished you could actually meet one of the characters? That is how you will feel about Arthur Bean.  He is likable, funny, smart, and slightly off kilter.