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Books I Read in 2022

January 2022
Great Circle Maggie Shipstead
    Masterful! Highly recommended, very well researched and constructed page turner. Short-listed for the 2021 Booker Prize.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing Madeleine Thien
    Powerful, poignant picture of a family trapped inside China's Cultural Revolution and the terror at Tiananmen Square. Short-listed for the 2016 Man Booker.
The Promise Damon Galgut
    Very well done. Booker Prize 2021.
Bad News - How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy Batya Ungar-Sargon
    Excellent. Cogent. Strongly recommended. Important read for all of us.
The Sea, The Sea Iris Murdoch
    Wonderful. Deeply thoughtful. Booker Prize winner, 1978.
February 2022
Seating Arrangements Maggie Shipstead
    Superior first novel (2012). Sensitive, insightful, funny, moving.
Thank You, Mr. Nixon Gish Jen
    Thank you, God, for blessing us with the ineffable Gish Jen. Thank you, Mr. Nixon masterfully merges the short story and novel forms with powerfully poignant content both contemporary and timeless. Chinese? American? American Chinese? Our hearts all beat the same rhythm.
Free Love Tessa Hadley
    Intriguing. twisty little tale, very well told.
Florida Lauren Groff
    Nice collection of absorbing stories.
March 2022
Matrix Lauren Groff
    Travel back a thousand years to find an amazing, unforgettable abbess!
April 2022
Atomic Habits, An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones James Clear
    Practical, helpful, clearly explained.
The Final Case David Guterson
    Terribly sad tale, told beautifully, elegantly, poignantly in a memoir.
How Strange a Season Megan Mayhew Bergman
    Several good dysfunctional family stories and one very good novella.
The Best American Short Stories 2021 eds. Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Pitlor
    Some thought provoking, well-written tales.
May 2022
Red-Handed, How Amerian Elites Get Rich Helping China Win Peter Schweizer
    Schweizer exposes the nature and frightening extent of behavior by individuals, corporations and universities, inspired largley by greed for money and power, that we must reverse before we have given the CCP enough rope to hang us all.
The Man Behind the Curtain - Inside the Secret Network of George Soros Matt Polumbo
    Soros is using his vast fortune to influence our local and broader elections, to manipulate us, to push his own dangerously harmful agenda. He is the real "con man and narcissist who wants the world to revolve around him." "I have always harbored an exaggerated view of my self-importance... to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of God." An evil god indeed.
San Fransicko - Why Progressives Ruin Cities Michael Shellenberger
    Excellent, thorough analysis of all aspects of our country's growing so-called 'homeless' problem, with good suggestions for improvement. A must read.
Pushcart Prize XLVI, Best of the Small Presses, 2022 ed. Bill Henderson
    Very nice collection of masterful pieces!
June 2022
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls T Kira Madden
    Courageous, gripping, heart-wrenching memoir.
The Subplot, What China Is Reading and Why It Matters Megan Walsh
    Brilliant little piece by an extremely well-read and very talented writer.
People From My Neighborhood Hiromi Kawakami
    Fine fun read.
Change Is the Only Constant - The Wisdom of Calculus Ben Orlin
    Wonderful, entertaining celebration of calculus.
Seasons of Life - A Football Star, A Boy, A Journey to Manhood Jeffrey Marx
    Powerful stuff. Required reading for every boy and every dad.
Play Dead Harlan Coben
    Non-stop action-thriller.
To Be a Man Nicole Krauss
    These stories are real gems by a master of the art.
July 2022
Nothing to See Here Kevin Wilson
    Moving little adventure - caring for kids who catch on fire without harming themselves.
August 2022
Everywhere You Don't Belong Gabriel Bump
    Well done!
Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury
    Wonderful memoir of a speical boyhood summer in samll town America, 1928.
False Alarm - How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet Bjorn Lomborg
    A must read for anyone who wants to make our world a better place.
Suppression, Deception, Snobbery and Bias - Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong And Just Doesn't Seem to Care Ari Fleischer
    Cogent demonstration of the extreme left liberal bias of our main stream media journalists and editors.
Love Marriage Monica Ali
    Quite an adventure. Life is not simple
The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak Shannon Bream
    Eduational, insightful, inspirational.
Just Tyrus Tyrus
    Good read. Tells it like it is. "I can tell you personally, Fox News is the single most inclusive, tolerant, and fair place I have ever worked."
September 2022
Brick Lane Monica Ali
    Wonderful, powerful, poignant, hopeful story.
Battle for the American Mind - Uprooting a Century of Miseducation Pete Hegseth with David Goodwin
    Important read for all of us interested in our Western Christian Paideia and Classical Christian Schools - the best alternative to our deteriorating public government schools.
October 2022
Finding Motele, A Family's Odyssey Searching for a Young Jewish Partisan Timothy Collins Musical Revolutions - How the Sounds of the Western World Changed Stuart Isacoff
    Interesting, educational, fun. Music!
Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi
    Wonderful, poignant, delightful debut novel!
Breaking History, A White House Memoir Jared Kushner
    Excellent review of Trumps's outstanding first term in office from a very involved insider.
Sacred Nature, Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World Karen Armstrong
    Enlightening, educational inspirational.
The Art of War Sun Tzu
    Classic, ancient advice.
November 2022
Marigold and Rose Louise Glück
    Twin baby girls tell it like is. Charmingly poignant.
Barefoot Doctor Can Xue
    A sweet dream.
Justice Corrupted - How the Left Weaponized Out Legal System Ted Cruz
    Excellent. An important read for all Americans
The Chaos Machine - The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World Max Fisher
    Fisher argues convincingly that the best way to protect ourselves from the dangers of the major social media platforms is to just turn them off!
The Book of Goose Yiyun Li
    Wow! Very powerful stuff from the ineffable Yiyun Li.
The Passenger Cormac McCarthy
    Real page-turner. Asks more questions than it answers. Leaves one thinking.
December 2022
I Walk Between the Raindrops T. Coraghessan Boyle
    Nice collection of stories by a master of the art.
Seven Empty Houses Samanta Schweblin, translated (Spanish) by Megan McDowell
    Unexpected, poignant stories. Well done.
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin, translated (Spanish) by Megan McDowell
    A darkly attractive, mysterious tale.
The Possession Annie Ernaux, translated (French) by Anna Moschovakis
    Analysis of recovery from pain and jealousy after a separation.
Cocoon Zhang Yueran, translated (Chinese) by Jeremy Tiang
    Irresistible page turner. Painful interpersonal after-effects of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
The Backstreets, A Novel from Xinjiang Perhat Tursun, translated (Chinese) by Darren Byler and Anonymous
    Foggy, stark, dispiriting journey into bullying, racism, Uyghur hatred. Tursun has been disappeared.

Greg Gordon MD, CFII