Here are lists of books, theatre, movies and music that brought me pleasure in 2022. I’ve tried to narrowit down to five items, listed alphabetically. Titles with an asterisk are deserved of SHOUT OUT recognition.



The Blue Scarf by Mohamed Danawi; illus. Ruaida Manna *

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall

Patchwork by Matt de la Pena; illus. Corinna Lukyer

Please Write Soon by Michael Rosen; illus. Michael Morpurgo

Still This Love Goes On by Buffy Sainte-Marie; illus. Julie Flett


FICTION (Middle Years/ ages 9 – 12)


Answers in the Pages by David Levithan*

Berani by Michelle Kadarusman

The Secrets of Cricket  Kaarlson by Kristina Sigunsdotter

Odder by Katherine Applegate

Two Degrees by Alan Gratz

FICTION (YA) / ages 12+


Ain’t Burned All that Bright by Jason Reynolds; illus. Jason Griffin *

Fly by Alison Hughes

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Melinda Lo

Nothing by Janne Teller

On the Line by Paul Coccia and Eric Walters



The Antiracist Kid by Tiffany Jewell

Blue by Nana Brew-Hammond; illus. Daniel Minter

Things to Look Forward To by Sophie Blackall *

Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad

You Can’t Say That edited by Leonard Marcus (grown-up read about censorship in Children’s Literature)




All the Broken Places by John Boyne *

Amy & Lan by Sadie Jones

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otuska

Lucy By The Sea by Elizabeth Stroud *

Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North by Rachael Joyce *

Small Things Like This by Claire Keegan

Young Mungo  by Douglas Stuart *

GROWN-UP READS: Nonfiction


          The Best of Me by David Sedaris (Stories) *

          A Carnival Of Snackery by David Sedaris *

          Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris (Stories) *

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy (memoir)

I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein (memoir)

Late Conversations  with Stephen Sondheim by D.T. Max (interviews)

Permanent Astonishment Thomson Highway (memoir) *

Shy by Mary Rodgers (memoir)

Smile by Sarah Ruhl (memoir)*



Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat (Princess of Wales)
Little Dickens (Ronnie Burkett)
Moby Dick (Plexis Polaire Frencb-Norwegian Theatre Company *
Sweeney Todd (Talk is Free Theatre)
Uncle Vanya (Crow’s Theatre)

THEATRE: UK / New York

The Doctor 
Kimberly Akimbo *


Some Like it Hot
Wonder Boy (Bristol Old Vic / Streaming)


The Banshee of Inisherin *
Empire of Light
Spoiler Alert

CD’s (Yes, CD’s that I listened to repeatedly)


Chambre Avec Vue by Henri Salvador

The Comedian Harmonists Story 

The Essential Cuban Anthology

Ghost Song by Cecile McLorin Savant *

We Are by Jon Batiste



David Sedaris (Live)
Hofesh Shector (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Prima Facie (NT Live)
Rite of Spring (Pina Bausch)
Ukranian Classic Ensemble Concert: Rekavik, Iceland