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 2022

 Biographies, memoirs, letters, literature, history

  • Paula Byrne, The adventures of Miss Barbara Pym {December}
  • Julie Dobrow, After Emily: two remarkable women and the legacy of America's greatest poet {May}
  • Dennis Duncan, Index, a History of the {April}
  • Antonia Fraser, The case of the married woman:  Caroline Norton and her fight for women's justice {August}
  • Anne Hall, Angela Thirkell:  a writer's life {May}
  • Alethea Hayter, A sultry month:  scenes of London literary life in 1846 {July}
  • Diane Johnson, Flyover lives {July}
  • Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Warming up Julia Child {June}
  • Penelope Lively, Life in the garden {April}
  • Devony Looser, Sister novelists:  the trailblazing Porter sisters, who paved the way for Austen and the Brontes {November}
  • Frances Mayes, A place in the world:  finding the meaning of home {September}
  • Rebecca Mead, Home/Land {March}
  • Olivia Potts, A half-baked idea {April}
  • Hermione Ranfurly, To war with Whittaker {May}
  • Ruth Reichl, Remembrance of Things Paris:  sixty years of writing from Gourmet {for Paris in July}
  • Jane Ridley, George V {February}
  • Matthew Sturgis, Oscar Wilde:  a life {January}
  • Laura Thompson, Heiresses {March}
  • Nina Tottenberg, Dinners with Ruth {December}
  • Claire Wilcox, Patch Work:  a life in clothes {January}
  • Lucy Worsley, Agatha Christie:  an elusive woman {September}


  • Annabel Abbs, Miss Eliza's English Kitchen {April}
  • Tessa Arlen, In royal service to the Queen {March}
  • Molly Clavering, Dear Hugo {December}
  • Molly Clavering, Mrs. Lorimer's quite summer {June}
  • Cecile Davis-Weill, The suitors {for Paris in July}
  • Kim Fay, Love & saffron {July}
  • Paul Gallico, Mrs. Harris goes to Paris and Mrs. Harris goes to New York {September}
  • Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in chemistry {June}
  • Michelle Huneven, Search {June}
  • Sophie Irwin, A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting {July}
  • Natalie Jenner, Bloomsbury Girls {June}
  • Diane Johnson, Le divorce {September}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, Love in the time of Bertie {March}
  • Alexamder McCall Smith, The sweet remnants of summer {August}
  • Rosamunde Pilcher, Another view {February}
  • Rosamunde Pilcher, The shell seekers {April}
  • Barbara Pym, Quartet in autumn {June}
  • Barbara Pym, The sweet dove died {April}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Green money {June}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Kate Hardy {June}
  • D.E. Stevenson, The lark shall sing {September}
  • Angela Thirkell, The headmistress {May}
  • Angela Thirkell, Miss Bunting {September}


  • Naomi Alderman and others, Marple {October}
  • Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the enchanted cottage {June}
  • Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker's Bye Bye Baby {March}
  • Stephanie Barron, Jane and the year without a summer {March}
  • S.J. Bennett, All the queen's men {March}
  • Cara Black, Murder at the Porte de Versailles for Paris in July}
  • Miles Burton, The secret of High Eldersham {February}
  • Agatha Christie A pocket full of rye {May}
  • Martin Edwards, The girl they all forgot {October}
  • Martin Edwards, Murder at the manor:  country house mysteries {January}
  • E.X. Ferrars, The other devil's name {June}
  • E.X. Ferrars, Root of all evil {May} 
  • Elizabeth George, Somewhere to hide {February}
  • Tess Gerritsen, Listen to me {July}
  • Tess Gerritsen, The surgeon {July}
  • Claudia Gray, The murder of Mr. Wickham {July} 
  • Elly Griffiths, Bleeding heart yard {November}
  • Elly Griffiths, The locked room {July}
  • Susan Hill, A change of circumstances {May}
  • Faye Kellerman, The Hunt {December}
  • Donna Leon, Give unto others {March}
  • E.C.R. Lorac, Fell murder {January}
  • G.M. Malliet, Death in Cornwall {January}
  • Peter Lovesey, Bertie and the seven bodies and Bertie and the Crime of Passion {April}
  • Louise Penny, Kingdom of the blind {May}
  • Louise Penny, A better man {June}
  • Anne Perry, Two debts paid {May}
  • Ellis Peters, Death and the joyful woman {June}
  • Anna Porter, Hidden agenda {June}
  • Kate Saunders, The mystery of the sorrowful maiden {January}
  • Nicola Upson, Dear little corpses {August}
  • Ruth Ware, The It Girl {November}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, A sunlit weapon {April}

The books listed in bold type are among my favorites this year.

As of 12.31.22

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