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We’re planning to air our Best Books of 2012 show on Thursday, December 6th. Just in time to pick up some of the gems for those on your holiday shopping list.

So, let’s kick off the crowdsourcing!

Comment below with your list of the best reads of the year.

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  • William Harryman

    Here are a few of the many great books from 2012:

    Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow

    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

    The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

    Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape by David Hinton

    The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning by Daniel Bor

    Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

    • osullivan11

      I also liked Incognito. Good call.

  • J__o__h__n

    I enjoyed Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie (even though he did blow off On Point) and Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander.  I’m looking forward to reading Building Stories by Chris Ware.  I’ll start trying to remember what else I liked this year.  

    • osullivan11

      do you know why Rushie blew off On Point? I agree his biography is good.

  • Robert Berube

    A Good American by Alex George

    The story of two American immigrants who came to New Orleans in 1904 and ended up in a small town in Missouri. The story is narrated by their grandson and follows the family through 20th century American history.

  • D_S_J

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I can’t stop recommending this book to everyone!

  • osullivan11

    Tyler Hamiltons book “The Secret Race” is a really good sports book…..

    I also thought that Joseph Anton was good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.klein.796 Greg Klein

    “Yellow Green Beret” (Vol II and III) by Chester Wong.  A humorous and incredibly candid memoir of a Special Forces Commander in Iraq.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=168300181 Sean Lacey

    “The Revolution Was Televised” by Alan Sepinwall. For anyone that loves television as an art form this is the book for you. It goes into detail about 12 shows in the last decade that helped to extend what a television show can do. A great great read.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GHMM2YU632EX36D3SD74QKB2I susan

    The Fault In Our Stars by John Green-Young Adult Literature at its finest!  He has a very keen sense of the irony of simply being a teenager!

  • Sarah

    Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron was probably my favorite book of the year.  Started out a bit slowly but once it got going I couldn’t put it down.  Also taught me more about the Rwandan genocide than anything else I’ve read/heard.

  • cheryldun73

    Gone: A Novel by Cathi Hanuer
    Maine by Courtney J Sullivan
    The World Without You bu Joshua Henkins
    The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
    The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524289354 Jill Renee Singer

    alif the unseen: http://aliftheunseen.com/
    redshirts by john scalzi
    the dog stars by peter heller

  • http://onpoint.wbur.org/about-on-point/sam-gale-rosen Sam Gale Rosen

    I really liked the graphic novel “King City,” by Brandon Graham.  Sort of like Moebius crossed with Douglas Adams, crossed with a calendar of cute cat pictures. 

  • MarthaARB

    One of the great books of 2012 is the “Atlas of the Great Irish Famine,” published recently by the Cork University Press in Ireland.  It’s just been named the best book of the year in Ireland.  The Atlas is a chronicle of the great hunger and evictions and Irish diaspora, full of information and great maps, and definitely a contender by weight alone at 8 pounds and 704 pages!

  • yellocanu

    During your Presidential election, the debate between Obama & Romney prompted me to read Outliers, the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. It debunks a lot of myths about successful people & how luck palys a much more important part than we realize.

  • 228929292AABBB

    What Happened to Sophie Wilder – a good impetus for some thought about topics On Point has dealt with, irony and sincerity.  A Brief History of Thought by Luc Ferry.

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