Sure.  Everyone has a top Ten List and why should the Desketeers feel left out?  And why just stop at ten?  We like an even dozen!  
Here is what thrilled us this year.  We guarantee that this is a list like no other.  They are not in order of favorites.  That is like singling out your favorite child. Sure you have one, but you never admit it.

 

 

  Room  by Emma Donaghue.  You have heard us rave about this one.   We loved the story of five year old Jack and his Ma and their life in and out of Room.

 

 

     

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine.  Sense and Sensibility retold almost 200 years later and set in Manhattan and Westport.  

 

 

  

 

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Although Henrietta died in 1951 at the age of 30 her legacy lives on in her harvested cells.  This is a fascinating story of faith and medicine.

 

 

The Big Short:  Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.   This is the story of the financial meltdown of 2007-2008 as told by the author of The Blindside.   

 

 

  

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen.  A family tragedy told in Quindlen’s wonderful prose and believable characterizations.  While you may think you know where this one is going, you will be surprised.

 

  

 

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer.  A first novel about Hungary, World War II and star crossed lovers.  This one has been called a modern classic.

 

 

 

Father of the Rain by Lily King.  This novel features not only beautiful writing but also a great story about a WASP family from the 60s to present day.

 

 

Leaving the World by Douglas Kennedy.   Heroine Jane Howard keeps trying to “leave the world” whether by wallowing in Academia or through escapes of her own design, but she is never quite successful.  We loved how Kennedy is one of the few male authors who actually “get” the female voice right on the written page.

 

 

 

And of course because we are the Desketeers and we are food obsessed here are our favorite food books of the year.  


 

Lunch in Paris:  A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard.  A lunch date in Paris ends in marriage and a new life in Paris.  

 

 

 


Around my French Table:  More than 300 Recipes from my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.   Not just 300 recipes, but sumptuous food photography, wonderfully doable recipes and great food writing.  We love Dorie!

 

   

97 Orchard:  An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegleman.  This is a fascinating look at how five immigrant groups shaped what is our food culture today.  Foie Gras anyone?

 

 


 

Fannie’s Last Supper:  Re-Creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Cookbook by Christopher Kimball. Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated took 2 years to research and prepare in the style and form of Fannies's day a 12 course Christmas dinner.  

 

 

We wish you a joyous holiday season and the most happy of new years!