Homer Bookstore releases 2019 best seller list

The Homer Bookstore has released its annual list of best selling novels, how-to’s, cookbooks and more for 2019.

Each year, the store compiles a list of the 20 titles that sold the most over the last year, and as usual, Alaska and local authors make up a sizable portion of that list for 2019. Several visiting authors also made the list, including Kachemak Bay Writers Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman, Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival speakers Jennifer Ackerman and Mark Obmascik, Big Read writer Roz Chast, and Pam Houston.

At it has the past two years, “The Homestead Kitchen” by locals Eve and Eiven Kilcher tops the list as the book store’s No. 1 best seller. The cookbook features 85 original family recipes, as well as non-cooking advice on gardening, foraging and other activities a homesteader might engage in.

Also making the list from local authors are “Kachemak Cultivating from Seaside to Summit” by the Homer Garden Club, which comes in at No. 4 in 2019, and “Kachemak Bay Alaska” published by The Homer Foundation and “Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay” by Marilyn Sigman, which are tied to No. 11 along with “Milepost 2019: Alaska Travel Planner.”

The children’s book “Octopus in the Outhouse” by Kodiak writer Stacy Studebaker comes in at No. 7, and “Kachemak Bay Communities” by Janet Klein was No. 8. Local writer Taz Tally’s “50 Hikes in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” once again appears on the list at No. 14.

1) “The Homestead Kitchen” by Eve and Eiven Kilcher

2) “Storm on Our Shores” by Mark Obmascik

3) “The Overstory” by Richard Powers

4) “Kachemak Cultivating from Seaside to Summit” by the Homer Garden Club

5) “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles

6) “The Genius of Birds” by Jennifer Ackerman

7) “Octopus in the Outhouse” by Stacy Studebaker

8) “Kachemak Bay Communities” by Janet Klein

9) “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

10) “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” by Roz Chast

11) Tie:

“Kachemak Bay Alaska” published by The Homer Foundation

“Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay” by Marilyn Sigman

“Milepost 2019: Alaska Travel Planner”

12) “Tisha” by Robert Specht

13) Tie:

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah

14) “50 Hikes in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” by Taz Tally

15) “Cinnamon and Gunpowder” by Eli Brown

16) Tie:

“Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country” by Pam Houston

“Kiyonuk: An Arctic Alaska Boyhood” by Sandy Mazen

17) “One Hundred Names for Love” by Diane Ackerman

18) “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

19) “Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook” by Ladonna Gunderson

20) “Beachcomber’s ABC’s” by Molly Montgomery

Editor’s note: Homer News Editor Michael Armstrong is the husband of Homer Bookstore co-owner Jenny Stroyeck.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

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