The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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Books read in 2019

Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • Claire Harman, Fanny Burney {January}
  • Benjamin C. Dreyer, Dreyer's English {March}
  • Ann Hood, Kitchen yarns:  notes on life, love and food {January}
  • Robert Liddell, Elizabeth and Ivy {January}
  • Elinor Lipman, I can't complain:  (all too) personal essays {January}
  • Brenda Maddox, George Eliot {May}
  • Frances Mayes, See you in the piazza {May}
  • Joshua P. Mezrich, When death becomes life:  notes from a transplant surgeon {January}
  • Mary Norris, Greek to me {May}
  • Miranda Seymour, In Byron's wake:  the turbulent lives of Lord Byrons wife and daughter {January}
  • Susan Tweedsmuir, A winter bouquet {January}

  • Katherine Heiny, Standard deviation {January}
  • Elinor Lipman, Good riddance {March}
  • Henry James, The Bostonians {March} {Back to the Classics Challenge}
  • Sophie Kinsella, I owe you one {March}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Bel Lamington {March}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Fletcher's End {March}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Katherine Wentworth {January}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Katherine's wedding {February}
  • Angela Thirkell, Before lunch {April}
  • Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding {March} {Back to the Classics Challenge}

  • Rhys Bowen, In Farleigh Field {May}
  • Alan Bradley, The golden tresses of the dead {January}
  • Charles Finch, The vanishing man {April}
  • C.S. Harris, Who slays the wicked {May}
  • Faye Kellerman, Walking shadows {February}
  • Donna Leon, Unto us a son is given {March}
  • Charlie Lovett, The lost book of the grail {May}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The department of sensitive crimes {May}
  • Winifred Peck, Arrest the Bishop {March}
  • Anne Perry, Triple Jeopardy {May}
  • Peter Robinson, Careless love {February}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, The American Agent {April}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, To die but once {March}

The books in bold type are among this year's best (so far).


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