Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Thursday Thirteen #292

My 13 favorite books of 2022. Are you familiar with Goodreads? They keep track of your reading stats for you. Goodreads enables me to share which books captured my attention this year.

I read 48 books in all, and these ranked highest. While I recommend all 13,  I gave the first four 5 stars, the rest 4.

1. Lady Bird and Lyndon by Betty Boyd Caroli (biography)

2. Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger (biography)

3. The Book of Joe by Joe Maddon and Tom Verducci (baseball memoir)

4. My Darling Husband by Kimberly Belle (thriller)

5. The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle (thriller)

6. Heartburn by Nora Ephron (fiction)

7. The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves (fiction)

8. Girls on Film by Alicia Malone (non-fiction)

9. The Death of a President by William Manchester (non-fiction)

10. The Perfect Mother by Aimiee Molloy (thriller)

11. Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline (mystery)

12. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump (biography)

13. Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner (non-fiction)

Compiling this TT, I have such vivid memories of what I was doing/thinking/feeling when I was reading these books. I enjoyed looking over my Goodreads compilation.

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1. What are you currently reading? Deliberate Cruelty by Roseanne Montillo. In the 1950s, Ann Woodward was a disgraced American socialite, a widow with money and more than a whiff of scandal, living in St. Moritz. Truman Capote was a fledgling writer on vacation. Their paths crossed, sparks flew, a feud began. 

Twenty years later, when Truman was world famous and Ann virtually forgotten, he needed a topic for his comeback novel. He wrote a scorching, thinly-veiled "fictional" account of Ann's life. The attendant publicity humiliated her anew, and she committed suicide before the excerpts were published in Esquire.

This well-written book is not only about how a feud became fatal, and how Truman heedlessly used his immense, God-given gifts to destroy, it's about how similar Ann and Truman were. They were both desperate to escape hardscrabble, small-town childhoods. They each created a persona that would enable them to star in New York society. It's perhaps these similarities that helped them get under one anothers skin with deadly results.
2. What did you recently finish reading? Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and Glamor of an Icon by Kate Anderson Brower. One of the world's most beautiful women, one of cinema's most recognizable stars, Liz led quite a life. Child star who transitioned to sex symbol. Superstar with jewels, husbands and Oscars. Philanthropist and mogul. It makes for a great read. This book doesn't disappoint.

It's not the best book on LaLiz I've ever read, but it's one of the most complete. One of her husbands, Senator John Warner, cooperated with the author and provided some interesting insights into their life together and her attitude toward her husbands (she really did remain close to all but one of her exes). If you're new to the subject, this is a good primer.

3. What will read next? I don't know.