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About meI am a recently retired, non-tv-watching woman with time to read some of the zillion books on my wishlist.

About my libraryI 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. Quirkwise, I can find guidebooks to long-distance trails, like those published by Cicerone, enthralling, as I imagine myself plodding through muddy fields, through gates, over stiles.

My LT library consists of books owned that I have read or am committed to reading in the next few years, as well as some well-remembered unowned books.

Favorites, 2016, YTD
The Long Ships, Frans G. Bengtsson
Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden
The Odd Woman and the City, Vivian Gornick
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy (audio version)
The Vegetarian, Han Kang
Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro
A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories, Edna O'Brien
The Blue Fox, Sjón
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



Favorite bookstoresBlue Hill Books, Book Culture, hello hello books, Housing Works Used Book Cafe, Labyrinth Books, Persephone Books, Shakespeare Hospice Book Shop, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesBlue Hill Public Library, New York Public Library - Webster Branch, Princeton Public Library, Rockland Public Library

Other favoritesBryn Mawr-Wellesley Annual Book Sale

LocationPrinceton, NJ

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Currently readingEva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen

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