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 2010

Sargent's daughters:  the biography of a painting, by Erica Hirshler

Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams
The brave escape of Edith Wharton, by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
The intimate lives of the founding fathers, by Thomas Fleming
Jane Austen: a biography, by Elizabeth Jenkins
Julia Child: a biography, by Laura Shapiro
Lives like loaded guns:  Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds, by Lyndall Gordon
Madame de Stael: the first modern woman, by Francine du Plessix Gray
Mark Twain's other woman, the hidden story of his last years, by Laura Skandera Trombley
Mrs. Adams in winter:  a journey in the last days of Napoleon, by Michael O'Brien
The Private World of Georgette Heyer, by Jane Aiken Hodge
Wild romance: a Victorian story of a marriage, a trial and a self-made woman, by Chloe Schama

Alice I have been, by Melanie Benjamin
The Charming Quirks of Others, by Alexander McCall Smith
The Convenient Marriage, by Georgette Heyer
The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman
Corduroy Mansions, by Alexander McCall Smith
Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer
Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Death comes for the archbishop, by Willa Cather
The elegance of the hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
Emma, by Jane Austen
A game of hide and seek, by Elizabeth Taylor
Gourmet rhapsody, by Muriel Barbery
The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer
Her fearful symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger
The imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Lady Vernon and her daughter:  a novel of Jane Austen's Lady Susan, by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' from The Sketch Book, by Washington Irving
Major Pettigrew's last stand, by Helen Simonson
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, in a new translation by Lydia Davis
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Nibble & Kuhn, by David Schmahmann
The Other Family, by Joanna Trollope
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Sanditon, by Jane Austen
The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova
The Three Weissmans of Westport, by Cathleen Schine
The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins
The turn of the screw, by Henry James
Wedding season, by Katie Fforde
The White Garden:  a novel of Virginia Woolf, by Stephanie Barron
A Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff

As always, Julia:  the letters of Julia Child & Avis DeVoto, edited by Joan Reardon
Every day in Tuscany, by Frances Mayes
A life like other people's, by Alan Bennett
Life would be perfect if I lived in that house, by Meghan Daum
Lunch in Paris: a love story with recipes, by Elizabeth Bard
Making toast: a family story, by Roger Rosenblatt
Slow love: how I lost my job, put on my pajamas and found happiness, by Dominique Browning
Spoon Fed: How eight cooks saved my life, by Kim Severson
Stylized: a slightly obsessive history of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, by Mark Garvey
Talking about detective fiction, by P.D. James

Angel with two faces, by Nicola Upson
Aunt Dimity down under, by Nancy Atherton
Bad Boy, by Peter Robinson
Bellfield Hall, or the observations of Miss Dido Kent, by Anna Dean
The black ship: a Daisy Dalrymple mystery, by Carola Dunn
The brutal telling, by Louise Penny
The dark vineyard, by Martin Walker
Death in the truffle wood, by Pierre Magnan
Death of a valentine, by M.C. Beaton
Devil in the detail, by Clare Curzon
The disappearances at Pere-Lachaise, by Claude Izner
Envious Casca,  by Georgette Heyer
An expert in murder, by Nicola Upson
A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny
Fell purpose, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
The Fleet Street murder, by Charles Finch
Hangman, by Faye Kellerman
An impartial witness, by Charles Todd
The intrigue at Highbury, by Carrie Bebris
Jane and the madness of Lord Byron, by Stephanie Barron
Last nocturne, by Marjorie Eccles
The Lighthouse, by P.D. James
The mapping of love and death, by Jacqueline Winspear
Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd
Murder in Foggy Bottom, by Margaret Truman
Murder in the Palais Royale, by Cara Black
Murder on the cliffs:  a Daphne du Maurier mystery, by Joanna Challis
The mysterious affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie
Off track, by Claire Curzon
No Wind of Blame, by Georgette Heyer
Painted Ladies, by Robert B. Parker
Penelope passes, by Joan Coggin
A Question of Belief, by Donna Leon
The Red Door, by Charles Todd
The shadows in the street, by Susan Hill
Still life, by Louise Penny
This body of death, by Elizabeth George
Unfinished portrait, by Anthea Fraser
The Viognier vendetta, by Ellen Crosby
The weed that strings the hangman's bag, by Alan Bradley

Fannie's last supper:  recreating an amazing meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook, by Chris Kimball
Gilded:  How Newport Became America's Richest Resort, by Deborah Davis
The great silence: Britain from the Shadows of the First World War to the dawn of the jazz age, by Juliet Nicolson
97 Orchard: an edible history of five immigrant families in one New York tenement, by Jane Ziegelman
A Season of Splendour: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York, by Greg King

through 12.31.10

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