Books that knocked me down in 2022

When a book really knocks me out, to paraphrase Holden Caulfield in the knockout novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” I like to take another offering from the same author. This habit came in handy in 2022 on my yearly quest to read at least one book a week for the calendar year.

Paul Gallico originally knocked me out many years ago with “The Snow Goose,” a novel I’ve reread a thousand times, and this year I came back to find him with “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. This thin book was so thick with fun that I immediately picked up its sequel, “Mrs. Harris Goes to New York,” which was about twice as long and I think I enjoyed it twice as much simply because I had already fallen in love with the feisty and lovely Mrs. Harris.

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