Barry’s Top 40

An impressive list from BookPeople's elder statesman, Barry Baker: I have spent the better part of the last 20 years as a professional book buyer (including used, rare, new and remainder titles). 10 of those years here at BookPeople. I was also a frequent visitor in the 70s to Grok Books on San Antonio Street (and Oat Willies at the front of the building). So I have a pretty fair idea of what constitutes a good read and what doesn't. Here are my personal picks of 40 "good reads" from the last 40 years (and all of them are still in print).

40 books for 40 years

Here's another top 40 list to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This is from Alison Kothe-Nihlean, the very capable and lovely head of marketing and events at BookPeople: When trying to pick my 40 favorite books, instead of going with "literary merit" (although many of these are considered to have a lot of that), I went with the 40 books that made the biggest impression on my life. I split my list into two groups: the books that have moved me as an adult, and the ones I read as a child that made me who I am. In no particular order...