Jill's Favorite Books of 2022

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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316528948
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

A house in the countryside, long left to the elements, is brought back to life through Sophie Blackall’s astounding collage art.

A “love of old things” sparked Blackall's exploration of a crumbling 19th century farmhouse on her newly purchased tract of land in New York. Weaving together bits of fabric, wallpaper, and photographs she found inside with local lore and recollections of the home's descendants, she shows us an imagined history of the family who lived and worked the land there. It's warm, vibrant, and poignant, and her note at the end of the book is just the most wonderful thing. 

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The Ogress and the Orphans By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750743
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

Fiction/Fantasy ages 10 and up

A wise, warm, and beautifully written story about:

trust lost and found 

looking out for each other 

protecting the good things that bring us together 


villainy hiding in plain sight! 

clever and loyal crows!

a very unusual eyewitness!

giant-sized kindness! 

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What's Cooking in Flowerville?: Recipes from Garden, Balcony or Window Box By Felicita Sala Cover Image
ISBN: 9783791375182
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Published: Prestel Junior - April 5th, 2022

This cookbook/gardening how-to is just the loveliest way to share the joys of eating seasonally and creating something delicious from locally grown produce - be it from your own backyard, a neighbor’s porch, or a community patch. It’s geared toward kids but all your foodie/art-loving/green-thumbed friends will love it, too. It’s so charming! 

p.s. The cherry clafoutis was fun to make and delicious! 

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Foster By Claire Keegan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802160140
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Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

I’m just in awe of this treasure of a novella, set in rural Ireland in the 80's. Clocking in at less than a hundred pages, it definitely has that "bigger on the inside" thing going on - every bit of it is perfectly crafted to break your heart. 

With too many mouths to feed at home and yet another on the way, a young girl is sent to live with relatives in the countryside. Through her quiet, matter of fact voice, we learn that she knows too much about some things, and not nearly enough of others. It's about trust, bonds, hurts hidden or dragged into the light, and how tenderness or a lack of it shapes a life. 

I'm on a mission to devour everything else by Claire Keegan.

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Outlawed By Anna North Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635578249
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 15th, 2022

"In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw."


On the run for the crime of being a barren woman, midwife apprentice Ada seeks refuge, retribution, and a future of her own design with an infamous, shape-shifting gang of thieves. It's the Old West, made furiously, gloriously feminist and gender-fluid, with a spirit as big as the frontier skies.