Saturday, January 14, 2023

2022 books read

Herewith my reading in 2022.   It was more fiction than non- last year.  This list is basically alpha by author, with the occasional comment.  Works in translation listed separately.  (Non-fiction in a separate post.)


The Clerkenwell Tales, by Peter Ackroyd
The Reading List, by Sarah Nisha Adams
Black Plumes, by Margery Allingham
The Black Cap, edited by Cynthia Asquith
The Red Hat, by John Bayler
The Simple Art of Murder and The High Window, by Raymond Chandler
Sherbourne Street, by John Cornish
So Big, by Edna Ferber
Innocence, by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Appeal, by Janet Hallett
The Pages, by  Hugo Hamilton
The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett
Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara
Search, by Michelle Huneven  Loved this book about a Unitarian-Universalist congregation looking for a new minister.
The Kindest Lie, by Nancy Johnson
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, by Eva Jurczyk
Riviera Gold and Castle Shade, by Laurie King
When the Angels Left the Old Country, by Sacha Lamb - probably the best fiction read of the year, I am recommending it far and wide.  
For some reason, it was marketed as a "Young Adult" book, and I'm sure young adults would enjoy it, but that's too restrictive a description.
Give Unto Others
, by Donna Leon
A Little Yellow Dog
, by Walter Mosley
and Love and Other Crimes, by Sara Paretsky
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
, Love in the Time of Bertie, and The Perils of Morning Coffee. by Alexander McCall Smith
A Coat of Varnish, by C.P. Snow
A Far Cry from Kensington, by Muriel Spark
Barnett Frummer is an Unbloomed Flower
, by Calvin Trillin
All Souls' Night, by Hugh Walpole
Tales from the Red Lion, edited by John Weagly and Andrea Dubnick

Works in translation 

L'Assassinio sull'Orient Express, by Agatha Christie.  Because I took the Orient Express from London to Venice this summer and what else would I read?
The Sect of Angels
, by Andrea Camilleri
A Small-town Marriage, by the Marchesa Colombi
Bread for the Bastards of Pizzofalcone, by Maurizio de Giovanni
A Sister's Story, by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (also read in the original Italian)
Portrait of an Unknown Woman, by Maria Gainza
The Old Woman with the Knife, by Byeong-Mo Gu
Egyptian Short Stories
, edited by Denys Johnson-Davies
People from my Neighborhood, by Hiromi Kawakami
Tales from the Café, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
And the Bride Closed the Door, by Ronit Matalon
Nives, by Sacha Naspini
Baltasar and Blimunda, by Jose Saramago

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