Anyway, here are the six I have selected as the best reads of 2022, in alphabetical order.
|Alive||Piers Paul Reid||survival|
|I have read this before, but it was in a pile of free books, and I needed to swap out one I had finished for something to carry with me while backpacking in the Adirondacks. So I picked it up. Still an amazing story. This is the true account of the Argentine soccer team whose airplane crashed in the Andes, and how some of them managed to survive.|
|The Boys in the Boat||Daniel Brown||history|
|This is a history of the 1936 rowing team from Washington state that qualified for the Berlin Olympics, and beat Hitler's team, taking the gold medal. It's a riviting look into the sport, the times, and the lives of the rowers, focusing on one in particular.|
|George Washington's Military Genius||Dave Palmer||History|
|I thought I owned most of the important books about Washington, but I had not seen this one. It was first published under the title The Way of the Fox. Palmer tries to find an accurate assessment of Washington- something between the near worship of the 1800s and the scornful dismissal of his skill in the early 20th century.|
|Gunflint Burning||Cary Griffith||History|
|This book chronicles the events that led to the Ham Lake Fire in the Boundary Waters of 2007, and then the story of how it was finally contained and suppressed. Since parts of the North Country Trail were burned over in this fire, it's a rather personal story to me.|
|Iron Lake||William Kent Krueger||Mystery|
|This title is only the first of a series of mysteries. I haven't yet worked my way through the entire set, but so far, I'd say they are surprisingly consistent in quality, and I think it's going to be one of my favorite series. Krueger is a Minnesota author and the books are set in and near the Boundary Waters in semi-fictional locations. They have mystery, action, family story, Anishanaabe/ Anglo tension and cooperation, police procedure, and even humor. I like the characters a lot.|
|The Worst Hard Time||Timothy Egan||History|
|After reading The Boys in the Boat, I wanted to read more about the Dust Bowl. We think we've had some rough years. We really have nothing on the 1930s. The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and then Hitler and the start of World War II (although the US didn't join until 1941). There was an awful lot about that whole tragedy of the dust bowl that I knew almost nothing about.|
In other news: I mostly goofed off and read more. This should not be a surprise. Several local friends have reached out to me to do interesting things. I'm just not ready to emerge into a world where I have to actually talk to people yet.
|See Best Books of 2020|