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A Few More of Our Favorite Things

Banner reviewers offer their top picks of the year
Mixed Media

Phil Christman Jr.

Comics: The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino (Penguin Classics)

Fiction: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Nonfiction: The Genial Gene by Joan Roughgarden (University of California Press)


Ron De Boer

CD: No Line on the Horizon by U2 (Interscope Records)

Fiction: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (HarperCollins)
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Free Press)

Juvenile Fiction: The Blue Helmet by William Bell (Random House Canada)

Movie: Up (Disney)

Bob Keeley

CD: No Line on the Horizon by U2 (Interscope Records)
You Are Here, by thenewno2 (Vagrant Records)

Nonfiction: The God-Hungry Imagination by Sarah Arthur (Upper Room)
Worship Words, by Debra Rienstra and Ron Rienstra (Baker Academic)

TV:Battlestar Galactica” (Syfy Channel)

Kristy Quist

CD: wpa by Works Progress Administration (RED Distribution)

Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam)

Movies: The Soloist (Dreamworks Video)
Julie & Julia (Sony)

Picture Book: All God’s Critters by Bill Staines, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Simon and Schuster)    

Jim Romahn

Nonfiction: The Way of the World by Ron Suskind (HarperCollins)

The Tent of Abraham by Joan Chittister, Saadi Shakur Chishti, Arthur Waskow, and Karen Armstrong (Beacon Press)

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown)

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Free Press)

Otto Selles

CD: Putumayo Presents: India (Putumayo World Music)

Fiction: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

Movie: Up (Disney)

Nonfiction: Payback by Margaret Atwood (Anansi)

Website: Pandora Radio (

Sandy Swartzentruber

Fiction: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco)

The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz (Nan A. Talese)

Magazine: American Craft

Movie: Earth (Disney)        

Nonfiction: Masters: Art Quilts by Martha Sielman (Lark Books)

Ron VandenBurg (and family)

CD: (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack (Sire Records)

Game: Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)

Movie: Up (Disney)

TV: Disney Comedies (“JONAS,” ”Hannah Montana,” “Sonny with a Chance”)

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