Staff Picks Top 15 Part 2: Helen, Liz, and Emma

As part of Topsham Public Library’s 15th anniversary on Foreside Road, the staff has chosen their Top 15 picks of all time. The staff was allowed to choose the Top 15 over all or the Top 15 in up to three categories. Have fun with the lists!


Helen’s Top 15 Books in no particular order:


Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child



The Strain by Guillermo del Toro



It by Stephen King



Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough



Red Hill by Jamie McGuire



Werewolf Cop by Andred Klavan



The Graveyard Apartment  by Koike Mariko



Don’t Look Back by Greg Hurwitz



Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant



Creepers by David Morrell



Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty



The Yard by Alex Grecian



Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye



Blood Gospel by James Rollins



Ararat by Christopher Golden



Liz’s Top 15:

Ryan Adams Love is Hell



Elton John Honky Chateau


John Mayall Jazz/Blues Fusion



The B-52’s The B-52’s



Gillian Welch Time (The Revelator)







Mad Men Season 7






Harold & Maude








Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov




Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison



Just Kids by Patti Smith



Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed



Ishmael by Daniel Quinn




Emma’s Top 15 Fiction in no particular order:


The Secret History by Donna Tartt



House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski



Tenth of December by George Saunders



The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake



We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson



Moby Dick by Herman Melville



American Gods by Neil Gaiman



The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter



Get in Trouble by Kelly Link



Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke




Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell



Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier



The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco



My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews



One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey



Emma’s Top 15 Nonfiction in no particular order:


The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson



The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr



The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean




How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran




Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen




Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty



Zen In the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury



Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson



Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain




Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh




Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs




The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown




The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer




The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson




The Misfit’s Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch



Emma’s Top 15 Movies in no particular order:


Heathers (1988)




Amadeus (1984)




Lilo & Stitch (2002)




Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)




Flash Gordon (1980)




The Red Curtain Trilogy (Strictly Ballroom/Romeo & Juliet/Moulin Rouge)




Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)








Donnie Darko (2001)




Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)




The Lost Boys (1987)




The Goonies (1985)




The ‘Burbs (1989)




Dangerous Liaisons (1988)




What We Do in the Shadows (2014)