Top Ten Favorite Books Read in 2011

January 5 2012

A. Y. Stratton’s Top Ten Favorite Books Read in 2011, in alphabetical order:


Address Unknown by Katherine Kressman Taylor

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


My hands-down favorite was The Art of Fielding, for lots of reasons (baseball theme, compelling and complicated characters, humorous and emotional coming of age/romance story). Next would be Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. It was such fun to root for the unlikely hero and heroine! Of course Jane’s books are an annual ritual. And I’ve been addicted to Connelly for some time now. (He’s not exactly a romance writer, is he?) I hope to see a sequel to the Baker Street Letters.  Natually I laughed out loud at Bossypants!


Published in 1939, Address Unknown is a tiny book of fiction composed of letters written in the mid 1930s between a Jew in America and his close friend and business associate who moved back to Germany after World War I. The rise of Hitler sets the chilling theme and the tragic ending. A friend passed the leather bound book to me while we were sitting in our theater seats waiting for a play to begin. It still contained fragile end pages with due date stamps going back to the forties.