Thursday, December 22, 2022

My favorite books of fiction in 2022

The best fiction books I have read this year out of about 32 are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and the Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is a classic but still very relevant today. Atlas Shrugged is a fictional story which exemplifies Rand's Objectivist philosophy. Basically society is made up of what Rand calls "producers", "looters", and "traders." We therapists are the producers while those who manage us are the looters and hopefully the relationship we develop with our clients is based on trading.

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles is a new novel about a bunch of late adolescents in a coming of age story in the 50s which demonstrates the impact of ACEs and family dynamics long before there was a language to describe such concepts.

An honorable mention goes to Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford which is a story about a boy who is a Chinese immigrant in the early 1900s who is put up as the prize in a raffle at the Seattle World's Fair in 1909. Years later his daughter, a journalist, is trying to get her elderly father to disclose his life story about himself and his wife, the journalist's mother.