Here are my 10 favorite reads from last year (in no particular order).
THE MEMORY OF OLD JACK by Wendell Berry
In the course of a day in 1952, an old man reflects on his life as a farmer in a small town in Kentucky. Eloquent, deeply reflective and beautifully written.
THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton
Set in the 1800s and written in the style of a novel of that time, this book looks at life in the early gold-mining days of New Zealand.
THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
In the dark days just after King Arthur’s reign, two people set off on a journey that becomes an inquiry into whether or not all memories are good or whether some should be left to fade into forgetfulness.
THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell
A brilliant big novel by the author of the Cloud Atlas and like that novel, it is written in a most unusual and creative way.
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St John Mandel
It’s the post pandemic future and 99% of the population is gone. A troupe of musicians and Shakespearean actors take to the road to provide entertainment and to see who is left out there.
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER by Timothy Egan
A most interesting biography of Edward Curtis, whose attempt to photograph as many living Indian tribes as possible became his life’s obsession.
KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST by J. Ryan Stradel
A great read for foodies about how a young woman develops her love of food and cuisine and becomes a renowned chef . Very fun and very Midwestern.
THE GEOGRAPHY OF WATER by Mary Emerick
An exquisite novel of a young girl’s coming of age in southeast Alaska
THE CARRY HOME by Gary Ferguson
Following the death of his wife, the author makes a journey to some of their shared favorite places in nature.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Charlie Lovett
I had to include this fun read about Jane Austen and a contemporary bibliophile who may have stumbled onto evidence that Austen plagiarized the plot of Pride and Prejudice.