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Sep 20, 2008
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I love memoirs, beautifully written fiction, books about ordinary people living life in an extraordinary way and books that open my heart.

Each year I include a list of my 25 favorite books in with my Christmas cards. At the end of the year, I delete any books read that year that are not in my top 25 list, so other than the most recent books listed, all in my LT library are favorites.

My ratings are as follows:
5 - one of the best books I've ever read
4 1/2 - an outstanding, memorable book
4 - a great book

Top 25 list for 2021 in order
(books read between 12/1/20 and 11/30/21)
Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell
Migrations - Charlotte McConaghy
Cantoras - Carolina DeRobertis
Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart
Hunger - Roxane Gay
Between Two Kingdoms - Suleika Jaouad
Four Winds - Kristin Hannah
Memorial Drive - Natasha Trethewey
Astonishing Color of After - Emily XR Pan
Salt Houses - Hala Alyan
Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi
The Guncle - Steven Rowley
Patsy - Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
In the Dream House - Carmen Maria Machado
Prettiest Star - Carter Sickles
Crying in H Mart - Michelle Zauner
Absolutist - John Boyne
The Mountains Sing - Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Heft - Liz Moore
Color of Air - Gail Tsukiyama
Afterlife - Julia Alvarez
Redefining Realness - Janet Mock
Disappearing Earth - Julia Phillips
Sandcastle Girls - Chris Bohjalian
Bright Precious Thing - Gail Caldwell

Top 25 list for 2020
Apeirogon - Colum McCann
Know My Name - Chanel Miller
The Choice - Dr. Edith Eva Eger
So You Want To Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
The Sun Does Shine - Anthony Hinton
Dearly Beloved - Cara Wall
Girl At War - Sara Novic
How To Be An Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi
Dutch House - Ann Patchett
Correspondents - Tim Murphy
Tin Man - Sarah Winman
Pull Of The Stars - Emma Donoghue
Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett
Poet X - Elizabeth Acevedo
White Chrysanthemum - Mary Lynn Bracht
Girl With the Louding Voice - Abi Dare
Gods of Tango - Carolina De Robertis
Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin
Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead
Olive Again - Elizabeth Strout
Museum of Modern Love - Heather Rose
Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Notorious Life - Kate Manning
Hidden Valley Road - Robert Kolker
My Life On The Road - Gloria Steinem

Top 25 list for 2019
Becoming - Michelle Obama
A Place For Us - Fatima Mirza
The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai
Secrets Between Us - Thrity Umrigar
Barking To The Choir - Gregory Boyle
Walks Away Woman - Ki Longfellow
Feast Your Eyes - Myla Goldberg
Red At The Bone - Jacqueline Woodson
Island Of Sea Women - Lisa See
Aristotle and Dante Discover.... - Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Overstory - Richard Powers
Glory Over Everything - Kathleen Grissom
The Tender Land: A Family Love Story - Kathleen Finneran
Walk Through Walls - Marina Abramovic
The Bright Hour: A Memoir - Nina Riggs
Hamilton: The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Storyteller's Secret - Sejal Badani
The Bold World: A Memoir - Jodie Patterson
Everything Here Is Beautiful - Mira T. Lee
Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell - Robert Dugoni
Heavy: Am American Memoir - Kiese Laymon
I Am, I Am, I Am - Maggie O'Farrell
Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
All The Things We Never Knew - Sheila Hamilton
Wolf At Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey

Top 25 list for 2018
Where The Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
Find Me Unafraid - Kennedy Odede
Tattoos On The Heart - Gregory Boyle
We Were The Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter
Educated - Tara Westover
The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See
Go Went Gone - Jenny Erpenbeck
Between The World And Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Marriage of Opposites - Alice Hoffman
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
Running For My Life - Lopez Lomong
Born A Crime -Trevor Noah
Raising Ryland - Hillary Whittington
Beneath A Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie
Stranger In The Woods - Michael Finkel
Every Note Played - Lisa Genova
An American Marriage - Tayari Jones
The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
Radium Girls - Kate Moore
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Eventide - Kent Haruf
Lucky Boy - Shanthi Sekaran
Where The Wind Leads - Dr. Vinh Chung

Favorite Films, Documentaries and Television 2021
In the Heights
Offspring (85 episodes)
Pose (26 episodes)
Fleabag (12 episodes)
The Crown (40 episodes)
Blue Jay
My Octopus Teacher
I May Destroy You (12 episodes)
Voices of Fire
Maid (10 episodes)
Leaving Neverland
In Treatment (season 4, 8 episodes)
Giving Voice
The Tale
It's a Sin (5 episodes)
I Dream of Dance
White Tiger
Pieces of a Woman
Jane Fonda in 5 Acts
What Happened Miss Simone
The Life Ahead
My Happy Family
Like Stars on Earth (Taare Zameen Par)

Favorite Films, Documentaries and Television 2020
The Fosters (102 episodes)
Schitts Creek (80 episodes)
Unorthodox (4 episodes)
Marriage Story
Queen’s Gambit (7 episodes)
Secret Love
Becoming (Michelle Obama)
Hannah Gadsby - Douglas
Unbelievable (8 episodes)
Crip Camp
We The Animals
Knock Down The House
Cracked Up - Darrell Hammond
Marcus (2020)
We Are The Dream
God’s Own Country
American Factory
Bloodline (season 1 only)
Private Life
Little Women
Pain and Glory
Miseducation of Cameron Post
Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Clouds of Silas Maria
20th Century Women

Favorite Films, Documentaries, and Television 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate You Give
The Cakemaker
Tell Me Who I Am
Outside In
Tales Of The City
Can You Ever Forgive Me
Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
It's Not Yet Dark
Merata: How Mum Decolonised The Screen
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Free Solo
Green Book
Trevor Noah: Son Of Patricia
Women's Balcony
Kindergarten Teacher
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Everybody Knows (2018)

Favorites so far this year:
The Paper Palace
One, Two, Three
About Me
I am a book fanatic living in South Florida. I love travel, photography, reading, and living in joy. I have a spiritual counseling practice and also for many years facilitated Artist's Way and Vein of Gold classes (based on Julia Cameron's books).
One of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston, spent her last years in Fort Pierce, the town I have called home since 2005. Her unmarked grave was located by Alice Walker who honored this spectacular writer as she so deserved.

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