Best Books of 2021

It wasn’t until I wrote my list down that I realized every book was written by a woman. I did read books by men—but these were my favorites for the year. They took me away from covid and other troubles. They made me feel strongly about strong characters. They took me to new places and old places, places I’d never see if not for these authors.
Thank you all for writing them.

A pilgrimage to Parnassus Books

Most people go to Nashville for the music, the hot chicken, the Titans or Vanderbilt. Or lots of other wonderful things. This is, after all, a great city to visit. I was the plus-one for my husband on a business trip and do you know where I wanted to go first? Parnassus Books. This lovely…

INSPIRATION: Finding the magic

Ann Patchett recommended Big Magic and I love Ann Patchett‘s writing so much, I went out and got a copy of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  Part memoir, part self-help book, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s latest is  an easy read in a conversational tone. The author of Eat Pray Love, Gilbert writes about taming fear to release our inner creativity. She talks about…

INSPIRATION: What inspires Ann Patchett?

Ann Patchett, the author of Bel Canto  and her newest, Commonwealth, was having lunch with Ralph Fiennes. It was during her freelancing days and she had flown to London to interview him. He was at the height of his “Ralph Fiennes-ness,” Patchett quipped. After a waiter came up and told Fiennes he was an actor too, she…