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Avainsanapilvi, Tekijäpilvi, Avainsanapeili
Jan 22, 2010
About My Library

I like reading or re-reading literary classics, fiction set in exotic (to me) places, and mysteries. Topicwise, I'm drawn to tales of exploration, the immigrant experience, armed conflict and the lives of writers and artists. I read more non-fiction these days; memoirs, essays, history, natural history. I enjoy reading plays, particularly when I plan to see a live performance.

My LT library consists of books owned or borrowed that I have read, as well as cookbooks, travel and walking guides. While totally willing to snap up a book for impulse reading, I also like to set up criteria for monthly what-to-read choices. Currently my monthly fare includes a book by a Maine author or one set in Maine, a book by an author new to me, at least one translated book, and a non-fiction work. Most rewarding, every month I re-read a favorite from the past.

Favorites, 2024
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel
Parable of the Sower,
Octavia E. Butler
The Unseen,
Roy Jacobsen
Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez
The Member of the Wedding, (re-read) Carson McCullers
Housekeeping, (re-read) Marilynne Robinson
Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset
Germinal, Émile Zola

Favorites, 2023
To The Wedding, John Berger
, Susanna Clarke
Is Mother Dead, Vigdis Hjorth
Lemon, Kwon Yeo-sun
The True Deceiver, (re-read) Tove Jansson
Dubliners, (re-read) James Joyce
The Vagrants, Yiyun Li
Moon Tiger, (re-read) Penelope Lively
The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis
Selected Stories, (re-read) Katherine Mansfield
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
Elmet, Fiona Mozley
Dart, Alice Oswald
The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
The Shepherd's Life, Joseph Rebanks
Conversations, Steve Reich
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George Saunders
Unforgiving Years, Victor Serge
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
One Man's Meat, E. B. White

Favorite Reads, 2022 (The stressful but exciting year we moved from NJ to ME)
A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam
Persuasion, (re-read) Jane Austen
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
, Susanna Clarke
Chéri/The Last of Chéri, (re-read) Colette
Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
The Trees
, Percival Everett
The White Book, Han Kang
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Intimacies, Katie Kitamura
The Periodic Table, Primo Levi
Underland: A Deep Time Journey, Robert Macfarlane
All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, Tiya Miles
Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad, Alice Oswald
Istanbul: Memories and the City, Orhan Pamuk
The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak
Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark
The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Favorite Reads, 2021
Disgraced: A Play, Ayad Akhtar
The Story of a Brief Marriage, Anuk Arudpragasam
2666: A Novel, Roberto Bolaño
Longer Stories from the Last Decade, Anton Chekhov
Exhalation, Ted Chiang
The Vagabond, Colette
The Journals, James R. Cook
Zone, Mathias Énard
Things We Lost in the Fire, Mariana Enriquez
The Office of Historical Corrections, Danielle Evans
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition, Tony Kushner
Summerwater, Sarah Moss
The Hunger Angel, Herta Müller
A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah
Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings, Jonathan Raban
Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
The Hotel Years, Joseph Roth
Austerlitz, (re-read) W. G. Sebald
Minor Detail, Adania Shibli
Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart
Territory of Light, Yuko Tsushima

Reading Life, 2020
Met my goal of reading the same number of translated books
as books written in English. 47/47, and it was fun!

Favorite Reads
Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter
The Duel, (re-read) Anton Chekhov
Five Plays, (re-read) Anton Chekhov
Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Condé
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond
The Years, Annie Ernaux
Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada
Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata
The Man Who Saw Everything, Deborah Levy
Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli
Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor
Arturo's Island, Elsa Morante
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Open Secrets, Alice Munro
Metamorphoses, Ovid
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, Jose Saramago
The Emigrants, (re-read) W. G. Sebald
Cop Killer, Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
Winter, Ali Smith
Flights, Olga Tokarczuk
Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm, Isabella Tree
The Age of Innocence, (re-read) Edith Wharton
Mrs. Dalloway, (re-read) Virginia Woolf

Favorite Reads, 2019
Arrow of God, Chinua Achebe
Sense and Sensibility, (re-read) Jane Austen
, Anna Burns
Early Spring, Tove Ditlevsen
Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides, Anne Carson, translator
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TIme, Mark Haddon
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, Kapka Kassabova
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, Olivia Laing
The Outrun: A Memoir, Amy Liptrot
The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, Margaret MacMillan
Bliss and Other Stories, Katherine Mansfield
Missing Person, Patrick Modiano
The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa
The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels
Lanny, Max Porter
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century, Alex Ross
God Dies by the Nile, Nawal El Saadawi
Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin
The Day of the Owl, Leonardo Sciascia
The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit
Trick, Domenico Starnone
City of Angels: or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud, Christa Wolf

Favorite Reads, 2018
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, Svetlana Alexievich
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
Texas: The Great Theft, Carmen Boullosa
Drown, Junot Díaz
Street of Thieves, Mathias Énard
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink
The Art of Eating, M. F. K. Fisher
Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science, Richard Holmes
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, (re-read) John le Carré
Swimming Home, Deborah Levy
Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor
Selected Stories, 1968-1994, Alice Munro
The Diving Pool: Three Novellas, Yoko Ogawa
The Time of the Doves, Mercè Rodoreda
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih
The Bridge of Beyond, Simone Schwarz-Bart
The Rings of Saturn, W. G. Sebald
Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie
Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley
The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from The North, Sjón, ed.
Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy
Losing Nelson, Barry Unsworth
Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover

Favorites, 2017
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, Sarah Bakewell
The Dispossessed, Szilárd Borbély
Senselessness, Horacio Castellanos Moya
Outline, Rachel Cusk
The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, Bryan Doerries
King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild
The Iliad, Homer
Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston
A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James
The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson
Iceland's Bell, Halldór Laxness
Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
The Land of Green Plums, Herta Müller
The English Teacher, R. K. Narayan
Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw
How To Be Both, Ali Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
NW, Zadie Smith
Doctor Glas, Hjalmar Söderberg
The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
The Ice Palace, Tarjei Vesaas
The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
In the Flesh, Christa Wolf
Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf

Favorites, 2016
Gulag: A History, Anne Applebaum
Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
The Long Ships, Frans G. Bengtsson
Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen
Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman, Nancy Marie Brown
Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees, Roger Deakin
The End of Days, Jenny Erpenbeck
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
The Odd Woman and the City, Vivian Gornick
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy (audio version)
The Vegetarian, Han Kang
A Journey Round My Skull, Frigyes Karinthy
Tent Life in Siberia, George Kennan
Your Face Tomorrow 2. Dance and Dream, Javier Marías
Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil, David Mas Masumoto
The Appointment, Herta Müller
Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro
A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories, Edna O'Brien
The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley
The Blue Fox, Sjón
The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark
Butcher's Crossing, John Williams

2015 Favorites
Baboon, Naja Marie Aidt
Fado Alexandrino, António Lobo Antunes
The Twilight Years, Sawako Ariyoshi
The Tattered Cloak and Other Novels, Nina Berberova
Last Evenings on Earth, Roberto Bolaño
Fear: A Novel of World War I, Gabriel Chevallier
The Skin Chairs, Barbara Comyns
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
Human Voices, (re-read) Penelope Fitzgerald
Fatelessness, Imre Kertész
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, Sally Mann
The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers
Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
History: A Novel, Elsa Morante
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor
Binocular Vision, Edith Pearlman
Landscape and Memory, Simon Schama
Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw
Calligraphy Lesson: The Collected Stories, Mikhail Shishkin
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Daniel Stein, Interpreter, Ludmila Ulitskaya
Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy, Marie Vieux-Chauvet
The Corner That Held Them, Sylvia Townsend Warner
To the Lighthouse, (re-read) Virginia Woolf

2014 Favorites
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, Svetlana Alexievich
Emma, (re-read) Jane Austen
The Birthday Boys, Beryl Bainbridge
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast
The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
Washington's Crossing, David Hackett Fischer
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
Varieties of Exile, Mavis Gallant
The Twelve Chairs, Ilya Ilf & Evgeny Petrov
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Tony Judt
The Fish Can Sing, Halldór Laxness
Virginia Woolf, Hermione Lee
The Giant, O'Brien, Hilary Mantel
A Heart So White, Javier Marías
The Human Stain, Philip Roth
Transit, Anna Seghers
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
Fools of Fortune, William Trevor
Omeros, Derek Walcott
Cassandra, Christa Wolf
A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf

2013 Favorites
The Thing Around Your Neck, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Doctor Copernicus, John Banville
Harvest, Jim Crace
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, Fuchsia Dunlop
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Mark Morris' L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Jeffrey Escoffier
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, Michael Gorra
Gillespie and I, Jane Harris
Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
So Long, See You Tomorrow, William Maxwell
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales, Yoko Ogawa
Beside the Sea, Véronique Olmi
Tenth of December, George Saunders (audio version)
Artful, Ali Smith
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Brixton Beach, Roma Tearne
War and Peace, (re-read) Leo Tolstoy
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
Voss, Patrick White
The Post-Office Girl, Stefan Zweig

2012 Favorites
A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr
Saints and Strangers, Angela Carter
Open City, Teju Cole
Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain, Roger Deakin
The Ten Thousand Things, Maria Dermoût
Troubles, J.G. Farrell
The Gastronomical Me, M.F.K. Fisher
One Hundred Years of Solitude, (re-read) Gabriel García Márquez
Independent People, Halldór Laxness
The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann
Mario and the Magician & Other Stories, Thomas Mann
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro
Agaat, Marlene Van Niekerk
Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates
In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien
The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
One Fine Day, Mollie Panter-Downes
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, Gregor von Rezzori
Yes, Chef, Marcus Samuelsson (audio version)
Blindness, Jose Saramago (audio version)
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
I Hotel, Karen Tei Yamashita

Favorite Reads 2011
Knowledge of Hell, António Lobo Antunes
Regeneration, Pat Barker
The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolaño
Jane Eyre (re-read), Charlotte Bronte
The Master & Margarita (re-read), Mikhail Bulgakov
Life & Times of Michael K, J.M. Coetzee
Great Expectations (re-read), Charles Dickens
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, Rachel Field
Sylvia's Lovers, Elizabeth Gaskell
Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
Beyond Sleep, Willem Frederik Hermans
Seraph on the Suwanee, Zora Neale Hurston
4 Major Plays, Henrik Ibsen
The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
Women as Lovers, Elfriede Jelinek
The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
Garden, Ashes, Danilo Kiš
The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century, Witold Rybczynski
Like You'd Understand, Anyway, Jim Shepard
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (audio version)
Harriet Hume, Rebecca West
Stoner, John Williams
Jacob's Room, Virginia Woolf

My 2010 favorites
An Explanation of the Birds, António Lobo Antunes
Servants of the Map, Andrea Barrett
By Night in Chile, Roberto Bolaño
Waiting for the Barbarians, J.M. Coetzee
Being Dead, Jim Crace (audio version)
A Tale of Two Cities, (re-read) Charles Dickens
The Siege of Krishnapur, J.G. Farrell
Paris Stories, Mavis Gallant
Old Filth, Jane Gardam
Six Plays, Henrik Ibsen
The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson
A Country Doctor, Sarah Orne Jewett
Ransom, David Malouf
A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Rebels, Sandor Marai
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
Albert's Bridge and Other Plays, Tom Stoppard
Mr. Fortune's Maggot/The Salutation, Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West

About Me

I am a Maine native who at 18 could hardly wait to get out into the world. Now, in my 76th year, I have returned to the midcoast town of Camden. I am home! Two thousand essential books came with me, many still waiting to be read. But now I have a porch! I use and support three wonderful public libraries, gad about with my four wonderful sisters, host the many friends and family who want to savor the cool, salty Maine air, and with my husband, manage an Airbnb property downeast a ways.

Camden, Maine
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Kirjakauppoja: Blue Hill Books, Book Culture, hello hello books, Housing Works Used Book Cafe, Labyrinth Books, Left Bank Books, Persephone Books, Shakespeare Hospice Book Shop, Strand Bookstore, Stromness Books and Prints, The Owl & Turtle Bookstore, The Strand on Columbus Avenue

Kirjastoja: Blue Hill Public Library, Camden Public Library, New York Public Library - Webster Branch, Princeton Public Library, Rockland Public Library, Rockport Public Library

Muut: Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Annual Book Sale

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