SUE’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2018
Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kerns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)
Portrait of four presidents, really a culmination of Godwin’s life of historical research.
Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli (Akashic Books)
I seldom finish a book and then pick up a pen to write my name in it because I know I will lend it out often. I did that with this book of fiction about a teenage boy in the ‘70’s who has a friendship with Lou Reed. This is the kind of hidden gem booksellers like to discover. P.S. I don’t watch much TV, but this is written by an actor from the Sopranos!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Putnam)
Part mystery, part coming-of-age, this book has some of the most beautiful nature writing I have read in ages. One by one, Kya’s family has abandoned her to the Carolina marsh, which she grows up loving as if it were her family. Befriended and eventually loved by two very different local boys, the story leads in you ways you do not expect.
Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham (Penguin Press)
For years, my favorite feature of the New York Times was Bill Cunningham’s photos of the fashions of the Big Apple. My New York children would love to see this octogenarian riding around their adopted city. This memoir tells of Cunningham’s early years in NYC and his love of fashion that would come to steal his attention for all his life. This book makes me happier than valium and I resolve to read it once every year.
Battleship Yamato by Jan Morris (Liveright Publishing)
This is a small, exquisite history of Japan’s WWII Battleship Yamato, the largest of its time. It combines art, photos, and even music to create a meditation on war and empire. I have never read a history like this. Unforgettable and fantastic.