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
  • Christopher Benfey, If:  the untold story of Kipling's American years {November}
  • Benjamin C. Dreyer, Dreyer's English {March}
  • Kathleen Flinn, The kitchen counter cooking school {June}
  • Annie Gray, The greedy queen:  eating with Victoria {July}
  • Claire Harman, Fanny Burney {January}
  • 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}
  • Roy Morris Jr., Gertrude Stein has arrived:  the homecoming of a literary legend {October}
  • Robert Morrison, The regency years {June}
  • Mo Moulton, The mutual admiration society:  how Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford circle remade the world for women {December}
  • Mary Norris, Greek to me {May}
  • Samantha Power, The education of an idealist {October}
  • Leah Price, What we talk about when we talk about books {October}
  • Ruth Reichl, Save me the plums {September}
  • Witold Rybcynski, Charleston fancy: little houses and big dreams in the Holy City {September}
  • Lisa Sanders, M.D., Every patient tells a story:  medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis {August}
  • Miranda Seymour, In Byron's wake:  the turbulent lives of Lord Byrons wife and daughter {January}
  • May Smith, These wonderful rumours! A young schoolteacher's wartime diaries {September}
  • Julie Summers, Our uninvited guests:  ordinary lives in extraordinary times in the country houses of wartime Britain {December}
  • Susan Tweedsmuir, A winter bouquet {January}
  • Mitchell Zuckoff, Fall and rise:  the story of 9/11 {July}
  • Tracy Chevalier,, A single thread {November}
  • E.M. Delafield, The provincial lady in wartime {September}
  • George Eliot, Middlemarch {November}
  • Elizabeth Fair, Bramton Wick {July}
  • Christine Feret-Fleury, The girl who reads on the metro {December}
  • Molly Greeley, The clergyman's wife {December}
  • 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}
  • Antoine Laurain, Vintage 1954 {July} {for Paris in July}
  • Jennifer Robson, The gown {December}
  • 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}
  • Noel Streatfield, Vicarage family {October}
  • Angela Thirkell, Before lunch {April}
  • Angela Thirkell, The Brandons {June}
  • Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding {March} {Back to the Classics Challenge}
  • Dorothy Whipple, Because of the Lockwoods {June}
  • Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the heart of gold {June}
  • Kate Atkinson, Big Sky {July}
  • Rhys Bowen, In Farleigh Field {May}
  • Alan Bradley, The golden tresses of the dead {January}
  • Ann Cleves, The long call {September} 
  • Barbara Clevely, Fall of angels {September}
  • Deborah Crombie, A bitter feast {November}
  • Charles Finch, The vanishing man {April}
  • Elly Griffiths, The stone circle  {June}
  • C.S. Harris, Who slays the wicked {May}
  • Sophie Henaff, Stick together {July} {for Paris in July}
  • Anthony Horowitz, The sentence is death {June}
  • Faye Kellerman, Walking shadows {February}
  • Donna Leon, Unto us a son is given {March}
  • Peter Lovesey, Bertie and the crime of passion {September}
  • Peter Lovesey, Bertie and the seven bodies {August}
  • Peter Lovesey, Killing with confetti {August}
  • Charlie Lovett, The lost book of the grail {May}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The department of sensitive crimes {May}
  • Martha Grimes, The old success {November} 
  • Katharine Hall Page, The body in the wake {October}
  • Chris Pavone, The paris diversion {September}
  • Winifred Peck, Arrest the Bishop {March}
  • Anne Perry, Triple Jeopardy {May}
  • Peter Robinson, Careless love {February}
  • Kate Saunders, The case of the wandering scholar {December}
  • Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison {December}
  • Nicola Upson, Sorry for the dead {November}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, The American Agent {April}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, To die but once {March}

The books in bold type are among this year's best.


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