While the major magazines, newspapers, and book reviewers compile their lists of the Top 10 books for the year, our local English-language indie bookstore, Between the Lines, makes its own list. Here are their top sellers for 2022:
10 – TIE – THE MAID by Nita Prose (a murder mystery set in a posh hotel) and VIOLETA by Isabel Allende (historical fiction spanning the 100 years of the life of a South American woman)
9 – LESS by Andrew Sean Greer (Pulitzer Prize winner, a love story and a satire of the American abroad)
8 – CASA MEXICO: AT HOME IN MERIDA AND THE YUCATAN by Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter (coffee table book highlighting the architecture of the region)
7 – A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles (historical fiction spanning 32 years; the story of a man who is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 and sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel, across the street from the Kremlin)
6 – TIE – SAL A PAJAREAR YUCATÁN by Barbara MacKinnon H. (a complete guide to our amazing local bird life) and VELVET WAS THE NIGHT by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (a noir mystery set in Mexico City in the early 1970s)
5 – THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (historical science fiction, set during the Caste War of Yucatán)
4 – PLANTS OF THE MAYAN WORLD by Svetlana Aleksandroff (the definitive guide to our local plants, including medicinal and gastronomic uses)
3 – MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (a gothic horror story set in a remote mansion near Mexico City in the 1950s)
2 – AFTER THE METEOR: SURPRISING HISTORY IN YUCATÁN by Robert Temple (the stories of extraordinary people and events that shaped this region’s history)
1 – GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (a fantasy set in Yucatán during the Jazz Age featuring a young woman who goes on a dangerous quest with a Mayan god)
As you can see, author Silvia Moreno-Garcia occupies four of the top 10 places. This is no surprise. All four of her books are set in Mexico, and two of them are set in Yucatán.
Two titles were also on the bookstore’s 2021 Top 10 list: Plants of the Mayan World (4th place) and Mexican Gothic (1st place).
With thanks to Juanita Stein, who also writes For the Bookshelf, a column in Yucatán Magazine’s quarterly publication. Her bookstore, Between the Lines, is on the corner of Calle 62 and 53 in the Santa Lucia section of Mérida’s Centro Histórico.