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My Favorite Books of 2011
Top 10 Favorite Books of 2011 Plus More!

I remember my first favorite book, the one I first read over and over again at the age of 9 “Little Men” by Louisa May Alcott. Yes, I preferred the adventures of boys rather than the mild, and to me hum drum lives of the “Little Women” written about by the same author.

Though I had been a reader before the age of 9 at that particular age I found that my Barbie dolls were boring and my pogo stick and tether ball no longer seemed engaging. Reading became my play, and more than that, it became my way to seek adventures, to travel through time and space, to feast on life. For me books are as essential as air, and food and sometimes more essential than sleep. I would love to know your favorite books.

In 2011, I wrote more, spoke more, and traveled more than in any year of my career. To balance my wonderful real life with my creative life that meant I also read a lot of wonderful books.

Here are my favorite books from 2011 in order of “wonderfulness.”

  1. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  2. Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon
  3. Fifth Avenue 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson
  4. Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson
  5. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  6. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
  7. The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
  8. Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
  9. Bittersweet by Leslie Li
  10. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  11. The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier
  12. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
  13. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
  14. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
  15. The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
  16. Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin
  17. Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcom
  18. A Question of Attraction by David Nicholls
  19. Stardust by Joseph Kanon
  20. The Doctor and The Diva by Adrienne McDonnell
  21. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  22. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  23. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
  24. The Empress of One by Faith Sullivan
  25. The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
  26. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright
  27. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
  28. The Imperfectionist by Tom Rachman
  29. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  30. My two favorite Autobiographies this year

  31. Bossypants by TinaFey
  32. Seriously‚Ķ I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  33. Favorite nonfiction book

  34. Paid to Speak with one little chapter by me
  35. More Wonderful Books by Authors I Love

    There are some authors whose books you read simply because you love their writing and other authors you read simply because you love the characters and want to see what happens next. I have read all the books published by the following authors. This list is of books of theirs that I read in 2010.

  36. The Innocent Man by John Grisham ( Excellent, but read it when you can stay up all night)
  37. The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell
  38. The Red Door by Charles Todd An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
  39. Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
  40. The Cooper Beach by Maeve Binchy
  41. Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby
  42. New England White by Stephan L Carter ( Author of the Emperor of Ocean Park)
  43. Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin
  44. The Water Room- A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler
  45. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
  46. Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson
  47. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
  48. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  49. Mary Ann In Autumn by Armistead Maupin
  50. Both of Betty White’s Biographies
  51. The following books I read and later gave to friends who liked them more than I did

  52. One Day by David Nicholls
  53. Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein
  54. Grange House by Sarah Blake
  55. Rescue by Anita Shreve
  56. The Ghost of Greenwhich Village by Lorna Graham
  57. The Colour by Rose Tremain