25. Winter is the Best Time to Curl Up With a Good Book
8. Five Thousand Days Like This One by Jane Brox. In his poem “The Oven Bird,” Robert Frost asks “what to make of a diminished thing.” In this poignant memory of a family apple orchard in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, Jane Brox has the answer. Beacon Press, 1999
9. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This novel-in-stories revolves around a retired Maine schoolteacher; it’s as close to perfect as anything I’ve ever read. Random House, 2008
10. There’s also a special category I call “Read Anything By …,” which includes Vermont’s Howard Frank Mosher, New Hampshire’s Thomas Williams, and the late, great Robert B. Parker, who died at his writing desk in January 2010. Parker was a native of Massachusetts, went to college in Maine, and wrote dozens of funny, literate mysteries featuring a Boston detective named Spenser. What millions of readers know about New England they learned from Parker.