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These are the bestselling books of 2022.

Emily Temple

Another trip around the sun, another year of bookselling. You’ve heard about the best books of 2022 , but what about the best sellers ? Well, you’ve probably heard about a few of them too. Here’s the list of the 25 bestselling books of the year, per Publishers Weekly :

1. Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us (Atria) – 2,729,007 copies sold

2. Colleen Hoover, Verity   (Grand Central) – 2,000,418 copies sold

3. Colleen Hoover, It Starts with Us   (Atria) – 1,885,351 copies sold

4. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing   (Putnam) – 1,868,518 copies sold

5. Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love   (Atria) – 1,502,036 copies sold

6. James Clear, Atomic Habits   (Avery) – 1,287,253 copies sold

7. Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo   (Washington Square) – 1,272,458 copies sold

8. Colleen Hoover, Reminders of Him   (Montlake) – 1,235,655 copies sold

9. Colleen Hoover, November 9   (Atria) – 999,552 copies sold

10. Jeff Kinney, Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17)  (Amulet) – 830,325 copies sold

11. Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar   (Philomel) – 738,840 copies sold

12. Michelle Obama, The Light We Carry   (Crown) – 733,949 copies sold

13. Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score   (Penguin Books) – 636,831 copies sold

14. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!   (Random House) – 627,750 copies sold

15. Stephen King, Fairy Tale (Scribner) – 627,598 copies sold

16. Dav Pilkey, On Purpose (Cat Kid Comic Club #3)  (Graphix) – 623,347 copies sold

17. Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements   (Amber-Allen) – 605,859 copies sold

18. Colleen Hoover, All Your Perfects   (Atria) – 591,936 copies sold

19. Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?   (Holt) – 583,564 copies sold

20. Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died (Simon & Schuster) – 583,027 copies sold

21. Emily Henry, Book Lovers   (Berkley) – 576,701 copies sold

22. Alex Michaelides, The Silent Patient   (Celadon) – 572,876 copies sold

23. Holly Jackson, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder   (Ember) – 556,546 copies sold

24. Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday   (Atria) – 543,658 copies sold

25. Emily Henry, People We Meet on Vacation   (Berkley) – 540,803 copies sold

As you can see, Colleen Hoover swept the board, selling over 14.3 million books this year in total. BookTok strikes again.

You may have also noticed that a lot of the bestselling books of 2022 did not actually come out in 2022. Backlist is always a strong presence on this list—Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a confirmed staple , for instance. But as Publishers Lunch pointed out , 70 percent of print book sales last year reported by NPD Bookscan were backlist, and “roughly three quarters” of the 200 best sellers were published before 2022. Publishers Lunch also put together this list of the 20 bestselling new books of 2022, with their rank on the larger Bookscan list:

3. Colleen Hoover,  It Starts With Us  (Atria, Oct. 18)

17. Colleen Hoover,  Reminders of Him  (Montlake, Jan. 18)

19. Jeff Kinney,  Diper Överlöde  (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 17) (Amulet, Oct. 25)

21. Michelle Obama,  The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times (Crown, Nov. 15)

24. Stephen King,  Fairy Tale  (Scribner, Sept 6.)

25. Dav Pilkey,  Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose  (Cat Kid Comic Club #3) (Graphix, Nov. 12)

29. Jennette McCurdy,  I’m Glad My Mom Died  (Simon & Schuster, Aug. 9)

30. Emily Henry,  Book Lovers  (Berkley, May 3)

35. James Patterson and Dolly Parton,  Run, Rose, Run  (Little, Brown, Mar. 7)

38. John Grisham,  The Boys From Biloxi  (Doubleday, Oct. 18)

47. Bonnie Garmus,  Lessons In Chemistry  (Doubleday, Apr. 5)

50. Ina Garten,  Go-To Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook  (Clarkson Potter, Oct. 25)

54. Nicholas Sparks,  Dreamland  (Random, Sept. 20)

63. Tieghan Gerard,  Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes For Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals  (Clarkson Potter, Mar. 29)

64. Lucy Score,  Things We Never Got Over  (Bloom Books, Jan. 12)

66. Dav Pilkey,  Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations  (Cat Kid Comic Club #4) (Graphix, Nov. 29)

71. Carley Fortune,  Every Summer After  (Berkley, May 10)

73. Matthew Perry,  Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing  (Flatiron, Nov. 1)

78. Shea Ernshaw, Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas  (Disney, Aug. 2)

81. John Grisham,  Sparring Partners: Novellas  (Doubleday, May 31)

And on both lists, literary fiction is once again left out in the cold…

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The 12 Best Books of 2022

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Chaos reigned this year. Russia invaded Ukraine, the US Supreme Court overturned  Roe v. Wade , Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, Elon Musk  remade Twitter in his erratic image, mass shooters continued to terrorize the United States, civil rights protests swept Iran, Queen Elizabeth died, Bolsanaro got the boot in Brazil,  boards were buttered ,  crypto crumbled , and overall, every single week felt like the entire chorus to “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” 

Perhaps because of all this tumult, turmoil, and general mayhem, I gravitated toward complicated, thorny stories this year—strange, slippery, often unsettling fictions, and nuanced, searching non-fiction. This is an idiosyncratic, deeply incomplete, and totally subjective list, the result of one person’s avid but disorganized reading schedule. But these are the novels, short stories, and non-fiction books that stood out for me in 2022. Here’s hoping it helps you find your next great read. 

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by Jessamine Chan

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Jessamine Chan’s  debut novel is not a domestic manual on keeping house, nor is it the sort of slog that might make tidying look like an appealing alternative. Yet as I read it over the course of one snowy evening, I repeatedly put it down to complete household tasks normally ignored until morning. Dishes gleamed. Pillows got fluffed. Every last sock met its match.  The School for Good Mothers follows a single mom, Frida Liu, as she’s forced into a re-education center filled with robot children after making a parenting mistake. Frida does everything within her power to get her daughter back, but her behavior is constantly interpreted in the least generous ways possible. This book is a horror story so potent it will fill even the most diligent parent with an itchy impulse to panic-clean, straighten up, and act like someone’s watching. It’s inventive, gripping, and wholly devastating. 

by Emily St. John Mandel

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A sequel of sorts to her surprise-blockbuster novel  Station Eleven and its follow-up The Glass Hotel , Emily St. John Mandel’s  Sea of Tranquility is  a discursive tale looped directly atop its predecessors, cutting them up and rearranging the pieces into a trippy, wistful story. If Mandel were a musician, it would be an album made from sampling earlier songs. The past isn’t just prologue—it’s the present and future, too, as the plot hopscotches across centuries, following a time-traveler named Gaspardy who’s trying to figure out whether the universe is a simulation. Although  Sea of Tranquility is set largely in the future and adorned with sci-fi flourishes, it raises old questions about how we can make meaning. It’s a beautiful book. 

by David Musgrave  

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A novice police officer assigned to watch over a refugee group tries to figure out whether the refugees have been framed for terrorism—and where the real killers are lurking . Technically, this is an accurate description of the plot of  David Musgrave’s  Lambda . Sounds like a pretty straightforward potboiler, right? But from its first page,  Lambda is up to something weirder and more unwieldy, ditching a linear narrative and setting the story in an alternate-universe Britain where you can get in trouble with the cops for damaging a talking toothbrush. Meanwhile, the police test out an AI system that will both accuse someone of a crime and go ahead and assassinate them. It may sound like a Philip K. Dick pastiche, but Musgrave’s debut is more ambitious than the tropes it borrows, arranging them into original, arresting literary sci-fi.

by Rachel Aviv

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When Rachel Aviv was six years old, she stopped eating. Shortly after, she was hospitalized with anorexia. Her doctors were baffled. They’d never seen a child so young develop the eating disorder, yet there she was. While Aviv made a full, relatively speedy recovery, she developed a lifelong interest in the borderlands between sickness and health. In  Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us , Aviv wonders whether she ever truly had anorexia at all, or whether the episode was perhaps too hastily pathologized. By examining her own experience as well as four other people with unusual mental health issues, Aviv argues against any one grand unifying theory of the mind.  Strangers to Ourselves is a look into this vacuum of understanding—about what happens when there’s no easily digestible story to explain what’s happening inside your head, and when Freud and pharmaceuticals and everything else fails. It doesn’t offer easy answers, but provokes fascinating questions. 

by Adrienne Buller

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How much is a whale worth? It seems like a self-evidently ridiculous question, borderline obscene—whales are majestic creatures whose worth transcends the human impulse to quantify,  obviously ! Yet it is one that has been seriously considered by economists in an effort to convince governments and corporations to value wildlife. In  The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism , Adrienne Buller dissects the asinine logic of “green” capitalist thinking. The book takes a bracing look at how corporate interests are using the superficial trappings of climate activism to reinforce their own power. As one might imagine, it’s not the most uplifting read in the world. Buller sees market-based corporate “green” initiatives as distracting at best—and, at worst, actively destructive. But it’s a galvanizing, tough book, one that asks us to not accept a simulacrum of improvement for the real thing.

by Emma Healey

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Who suspected a Canadian poet would write the best account of life in the gig economy? Emma Healey’s funny, rueful memoir documents her peripatetic employment history, including stints at an SEO farm operated out of a middle-aged man’s bedroom and a remarkably unsexy time technical writing at one of the world’s largest porn companies. Healey’s forthright treatment of the central role money plays in a creative life is enormously refreshing. Instead of hand-waving the financial details that have made her career possible, she molds into her art the work she had to do in order to do the work she wanted. It’s a neat trick.  Best Young Woman Job Book has only been released in Canada thus far; here’s hoping it finds the wider audience it deserves. 

by Olga Ravn

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Although Olga Ravn’s  The Employees came out in 2020 in its original Danish, an English translation by Martin Aitken was published in the United States in 2022 … so I’m counting it, because this was the most entrancing reading experience I had all year. Ravn’s hypnotic, elliptical storytelling about a journey to an alien land gone wrong reminded me of Jeff van der Meer’s  Annihilation . (Heavy on foreboding, borderline-sinister atmosphere, light on exposition.)  The Employees is divided into short statements given by anonymous workers on the  Six Thousand Ship , a space shuttle on a vague corporate mission staffed by a mix of humans and humanoids. These transcribed statements are numbered, some running for pages, others stopping after a few sentences. After collecting a variety of objects on a distant planet called New Discovery, these workers find themselves increasingly at odds as they begin to obsess over said objects, which do not speak but can emit noises, smells, and vibrations. As the human workers pine for home, the humanoid workers increasingly pine to be more than what they’ve been programmed to be. 

by Bora Chung  

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Look, I’m not going to lie.  Cursed Bunny is the most relentlessly disgusting collection of short stories I’ve ever read. And I read a lot of Chuck Palahniuk in college. Korean writer Bora Chung’s first English publication (translated by Anton Hur) opens with a tale about a woman who gets confronted by a creature made of her poop and assorted viscera, insisting it’s her child. She attempts to destroy said toilet creature; success is elusive. In another story, a downtrodden farmer stumbles upon a fox who bleeds gold, and exploits this unexpected source of wealth until he’s both rich and disconcertingly comfortable with evils ranging from incest to cannibalism. Anyone with low tolerance for the gross and gory should avoid  Cursed Bunny at all costs. But if you want a spooky set of stories that will crawl under your skin and burrow into your marrow and stay there forever, Chung’s collection is a freaky, unforgettable outing. There’s a folkloric quality to this collection, like these are urban legends that have finally been put to paper. 

by Amit Katwala  

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This rollicking true-crime tale about the invention and near-immediate corruption of the polygraph machine is so good—fast-paced and elegant and fun—I simply  had  to include it on my year-end list. (And yes, Amit works at WIRED. But this list is already on the record as a completely subjective exercise anyway, so why would I ban my colleague’s work?)  Tremors in the Blood is part courtroom thriller, part popular history, and always remarkably engaging. It follows ambitious Berkeley, California, police chief August Vollmer as he first encourages his intellectual employee John Larson to create the polygraph—and then as he ignores Larson’s concerns that the machine is getting adopted recklessly. Instead, Vollmer champions Larson’s slick-talking co-inventor, Leonarde Keeler, as he makes sure police departments across the country start using the machine. Anyone waiting for David Grann’s next book to come out would be wise to pick up  Tremors in the Blood .

by Dan Saladino  

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In a food rut, relying on the same dinner staples again and again? BBC journalist Dan Saladino’s alternately delightful and melancholic  Eating to Extinction is exactly the kind of reading material that’ll make someone try a new meal. The book makes a persuasive, passionate argument for increased biodiversity through a series of briskly narrated case studies from across the world, from Australia’s nearly-lost tuber murnong to the fermented mutton aged in huts on the Faroe Islands.  Eating to Extinction  is a travelogue infused with reverence for the sheer variety of foods found on this planet that is somehow never precious or cloying. Instead, it simply feels urgent. 

by Percival Everett  

Dr. No

Did the world need another James Bond spoof? I always assumed the answer was “no,” at least following the release of the final  Austin Powers  movie. But the prolific, exuberantly original novelist Percival Everett changed my mind with  Dr. No , a jaunty, idea-stuffed caper. The book follows a mathematics professor named Wala Kitu, who uses a tie as a belt and spends his days obsessing over the concept of nothing and feeding his one-legged dog. Wala’s world is upended when he meets a self-styled “supervillain” billionaire named John Sil, who plots to destroy the world by harnessing the power of nothingness. (This requires burglarizing Fort Knox, as Sill suspects the Army keeps a box full of nothing in its safe.) An heir to Kurt Vonnegut, Everett infuses his work with a contagious sense of playfulness, one that makes the act of reading hundreds of pages about nothing into a treat rather than a chore.  Dr. No is an unequivocal “yes.”

by Sabrina Imbler  

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I think I first became a fan of Sabrina Imbler when I read their science writing in The New York Times , in particular a story about eels with the  world’s greatest headline . I was thrilled when they moved to Defector, my favorite sports blog. So when I picked up their debut essay collection  How Far the Light Reaches , I expected lively prose about marine biology, maybe with a few puns thrown in. Instead, I got lively prose about marine biology mixed with an intimate, thoughtful, emotionally affecting memoir. In  How Far the Light Reaches , Imbler examines their own personal history, drawing connections between their struggles to adapt to and grow beyond life in California’s suburbs with the stories of creatures they love. 

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Amazon Books Editors Announce 2022’s Best Books of the Year

Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow named best book of 2022

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, the Amazon Books Editors announced their selections for the Best Books of 2022, naming Gabrielle Zevin’s novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow as the Best Book of the Year. The annual list is hand-picked by a team of editors who read thousands of books each year and share their recommendations on Amazon Book Review to help customers find their next great read. Featuring the top 100 books published this year, the editors’ selections also break out the top 20 books in popular categories, including mystery, memoir, romance, children’s books (by age), history, cookbooks, and more. To explore the full list of the Best Books of 2022, visit amazon.com/bestbooks2022 .

“We’ve had a bumper crop of amazing books to choose from this year,” said Sarah Gelman, editorial director for Amazon Books. “But to get our passionate (read: opinionated!) team of editors to agree on one they loved is almost a miracle. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is that miracle—a simply perfect book about the complexities of human relationships, the importance of human connection, the innocence and optimism of youth, our journey with technology, and the many shades of love.”

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow resonates with readers, too. One of the quotes most often highlighted by Kindle readers is: “What is a game?” Marx said. “It’s tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. It’s the possibility of infinite rebirth, infinite redemption. The idea that if you keep playing, you could win. No loss is permanent, because nothing is permanent, ever.”

“I’ve loved many books from this year, so it is an unexpected honor for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow to be selected as Amazon’s Best of the Year,” said Zevin. “What a remarkable time to be a writer and a reader!”

“The optimism of a new generation is at the heart of many of our favorite stories this year, not just in Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, but also in Solito , Demon Copperhead , Our Missing Hearts , and I’m Glad My Mom Died ,” said Gelman. “We’re also seeing the power of connection and platonic love playing out across the pages of other picks, such as Memphis , Remarkably Bright Creatures, and Now is Not the Time to Panic .”

The Amazon Books Editors Top 10 picks of 2022, as described by the editors, are:

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin: “After devouring this novel, you’ll walk with a bounce in your step, a full heart, and the buzzy feeling that this is one of the best books about friendship—in all of its messy complexity and glory—you have ever read, which is why we named it the Best Book of 2022. Gabrielle Zevin has written a novel perfect for this moment, when connection is what we crave and hope is what we need.” —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
  • Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora: “Neil Gaiman once said, ‘Fiction gives us empathy…gives us the gifts of seeing the world through [other people’s] eyes.’ Solito is one of those rare nonfiction reads that achieves the same thing, and puts a human face on the immigration debate—that of a 9-year-old child making a harrowing journey from South America to the United States, and the found family who eases his way. A heart-pounding, heart-expanding memoir.” —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Editor
  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention—and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari: “We can’t stop talking about Stolen Focus . It’s vital and mesmerizing, examining why we as individuals and as a collective have lost our attention spans. Suffice to say, Hari’s three-month tech-detox and his findings will make you immediately want to stop scrolling the internet, quit thinking in slogans and 280 characters, and engage authentically in sustained thought so that we can tackle global issues like poverty, racism, and climate change. Deeply satisfying and affirming and full of light-bulb moments, this is a book everyone should read.” —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King: “ Fairy Tale’s Charlie Reade joins the ranks of King’s best characters, and the story he tells—of a curmudgeonly neighbor with dangerous secrets, a parallel world ruled by an unspeakable monster, a child-eating giant, and a dog who has lived more than one lifetime—is wonderous. Fairy Tale is fantasy, coming-of-age, friendship, and adventure—it’s good versus evil, a boy and his dog on a perilous quest; it’s King doing what he does best: setting our imagination on fire.” —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
  • Horse by Geraldine Brooks: “One of the best American novels we’ve read in years—galloping backward and forward in time to tell a story about race and freedom, horses and art, and the lineage of not just ancestors, but actions. From Kentucky to New Orleans, from the 1850s to present day, Pulitzer Prize-winning Brooks weaves together a story centered on one of the fastest thoroughbreds in history and the Black groom that catapulted Lexington to the front of the track. A heart-pounding American epic.” —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
  • Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: “We reveled in Carrie Soto ’s fiery energy—Taylor Jenkins Reid, of Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo fame, has written another book you’ll inhale in a day. Soto is a former tennis champ who returns to the game to defend her title. She’s unapologetic, ambitious, and willing to put everything on the line. This is a big-hearted story about her relationship with her father, taking risks, and standing up bravely in a world that doesn’t necessarily want to see strong women succeed.” —Lindsay Powers, Amazon Editor
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver: “In this mesmerizing novel, Kingsolver peers into the neglected hollers of Appalachia to tell an insightful and razor-sharp coming-of-age story about a boy called Demon Copperhead. Born behind the eight ball of life, Demon faces hunger, cruelty, and a tidal wave of addiction in his tiny county, but never loses his love for the place that claims him as its own. With the soulful narration by this kind, conflicted, witty boy, Kingsolver gives voice to a place and its people where beauty, desperation, and resilience collide.” —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
  • Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng: “Celeste Ng joins our Best Books of the Year list for the third time with her most gripping story yet. A mom mysteriously disappears amid a nationalistic movement that feels chillingly close to reality—launching her young son on a courageous quest to find her, aided by everyday heroes in unexpected places. The prose sings as the pieces click. This is fiction as revolution, serving as a warning, a dystopian fairy tale, and a suspenseful thriller with moments of hope that buoyed us as we read.” —Lindsay Powers, Amazon Editor
  • The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland: “This is the true story of one of the few people who escaped Auschwitz, but that only touches on what this book is about. Rudolf Vrba set out to tell the world about the atrocities he had witnessed in the concentration camps, but much of the world was not ready to hear it. The author, Jonathan Freedland, paints a vivid, moving portrait of what Vrba experienced, both during and after the war. Vrba was a hero, for sure, but he was human as well. This is a forgotten story that you won't soon forget.” —Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor
  • City on Fire by Don Winslow: “Don Winslow ( Power of the Dog trilogy, Broken ) is, without doubt, one of the best crime fiction writers in decades. And in City on Fire , he’s written one of the most immersive, head-turning, and heart-stopping crime family novels since The Godfather . It’s about loyalty, love, fraternity, family, belonging, betrayal, and survival. But no matter how epic its themes, it’s Winslow’s eye for the small, personal details that will sear these characters in your heart and in your memory.” —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor

The Amazon Books Editors Top Children’s pick of 2022 is The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander. Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor shared:

“Inspired by Ghanaian history, Kwame Alexander’s exceptional novel-in-verse flows as easily as the water running through this young protagonist’s dreams. Immersed in family, school, and the excitement of a first crush, Kofi’s world spins upside down when a terrible accident turns a festive occasion into one filled with sorrow and anger—and that’s just a glimpse of what’s to come. The Door of No Return is a brilliant work of storytelling that moves you with joy, fear, sadness, hope, and love for the brave, resilient boy at its heart.”

Authors of the top three books—Gabrielle Zevin, Javier Zamora, and Johann Hari—will participate in an Amazon Live Author Series conversation in celebration of the Best Books of the Year selection on November 15, 2022 at 9 a.m. PDT. To tune in, visit Amazon Live .

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This year, over 5.7 million votes were cast in multiple rounds to narrow 20 great new books down to one winner per category. With nearly countless rave reviews, five-star ratings, and recommendations, here are the best books of 2022, according to Goodreads members.

Best Fiction

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"Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $14.69

"Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" is the story of Sam Masur and Sadie Green, once childhood friends who drifted apart but reunite during a chance subway run-in. Having bonded over video games as children, this propulsive novel takes readers back and forth through time as Sam and Sadie's story of love, friendship, and second chances unravels while the two create a blockbuster game, drift together and apart, and face both beautiful and devastating moments. "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" was also Book of the Month's Book of the Year .

Best Mystery & Thriller

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"The Maid" by Nita Prose, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $15.99

Molly Gray has always struggled with social skills but finds a perfect fit in her job as a hotel maid, which combines her love of cleaning and proper etiquette. But she finds a wealthy man dead in his bed, Molly's peculiar behavior creates suspicion around her innocence as she relies on her new friends to help find the real killer in this locked-room mystery novel.

Best Historical Fiction

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"Carrie Soto Is Back" by Taylor Jenkins Reid, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $17.98

Carrie Soto was once known as the best tennis player in the world — until a young player threatens her record and she decides to come out of retirement to defend her title. Though it's been six years since she retired and an old knee injury threatens to slow her down, Carrie is determined to prove herself in this emotional story of greatness, legends, and the desire to be enough.

Best Romance

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"Book Lovers" by Emily Henry, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $9.99

"Book Lovers" follows Nora Stephens, a literary agent in New York City, who agrees to take a month-long trip to the storybook town of Sunshine Falls, North Carolina with her sister. Though she's ready to become the heroine of her own story, Nora finds Charlie Lastra, an editor with whom she has a frustrating past, time and time again in a series of coincidental run-ins. This was one of our favorite beach reads this summer — check out our full review here .

Best Science Fiction

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"Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John Mandel, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $12.50

This expansive novel combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy as it traverses centuries and worlds to tell a pandemic story of love, nature, belonging, and loss. From a Vancouver island in 1912 to a futuristic book tour, readers love this story for all it manages to encompass and the satisfying crescendo at the end.

Best Horror

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"Hidden Pictures" by Jason Rekulak, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $17.63

In "Hidden Pictures," Mallory Quinn takes a stable and wonderful job as a nanny to shy, five-year-old Teddy who is always drawing. But when his drawings morph from cute, innocent pictures to sinister, detailed sketches, Mallory decides she must uncover the root of them to save Teddy and herself before it's too late.

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"The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There" by Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $17.98

This nostalgic and beloved memoir comes from Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, two real-life best friends who played Pam and Angela on "The Office." "The Office BFFs" is an account of their blooming friendship as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the cast of the cherished and hilarious mockumentary.

Best Nonfiction

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"Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience" by Brené Brown, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $17.78

Brené Brown has written many insightful self-help and personal development books that guide readers through leadership strategies, vulnerability, imperfection, and more. In "Atlas of the Heart," Brown pulls from two decades of research to map 87 emotions and experiences that define humanity to help us forge meaningful connections with others. You can check out our full review of this nonfiction award winner here .

Best Memoir & Autobiography

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"I'm Glad My Mom Died" by Jennette McCurdy, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $17.28

Made famous by her Nickelodeon roles on "iCarly" and "Sam and Cat," Jennette McCurdy began acting at six years old, as her mother's dream was for her to become a star. This brutally honest memoir depicts the emotional, mental, and physical abuse McCurdy faced at the hands of her mother, her journey through child stardom, and the challenging but meaningful work it took to regain control of her life. 

Best History & Biography

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"Bad Gays: A Homosexual History" by Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $17.59

Based on the popular podcast series of the same name, "Bad Gays" combines history and biography to explore LGBTQ history not through gay legends and icons but through "villains." The book looks at artists, politicians, celebrities, and other gay people through history who reveal more about sexuality, identity, and culture than we thought.

Best Graphic Novels & Comics

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"Heartstopper: Volume Four" by Alice Oseman, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $11.54

This fourth volume of "Heartstopper" follows now-boyfriends Charlie and Nick as they get ready to say "I love you" while dealing with other challenges, like Nick coming out to his dad and Charlie's possible eating disorder. Readers love this series for the simple illustrations that pack an emotional punch and the honest story about love and friendship. 

Best Poetry

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"Call Us What We Carry" by Amanda Gorman, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $12.90

Amanda Gorman was the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 and the youngest presidential inaugural poet when she read " The Hill We Climb " at President Biden's 2021 inauguration. "Call Us What We Carry" is her first collection of poetry that addresses the hardships of the past while outlining a hope for the future.

Best Debut Author

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"Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $18.28

In the early 1960s, Elizabeth Zott is a chemist who faces suffocating gender discrimination at her job where she meets the brilliant Calvin Evans and falls in love. But years later, Elizabeth finds herself as the host of "Supper at Six" where she uniquely combines cooking and her love of chemistry to teach women how to make nutritious meals and defy the status quo.

Best Young Adult Fiction

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"The Final Gambit" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $11.79

"The Final Gambit" is the third novel in the " Inheritance Games " series, which follows Avery Grambs, who just received a huge inheritance from a stranger whose four grandsons are furious. In this installment, Avery only has to survive a few more weeks in the Hawthorne House to receive her inheritance — but when one last puzzle and an unknown player arise, she and the Hawthorne brothers are thrust into another dangerous game.

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Sci-fi

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"Gallant" by V.E. Schwab, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $13.84

Olivia Prior grew up in Merilance School for girls — until a letter invites her to come home to Gallant, though no one is expecting her when she arrives. As she begins to search for the home's secrets, she crosses a ruined wall and finds herself in a crumbling parallel world of Gallant, where she can finally see the ghouls that haunted the house, her family's past, and the mysterious Master of the House.

Best Middle Grade & Children's

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"I Am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us" by Andie Powers, available at Amazon , Bookshop , and Barnes & Noble , from $14.49

This sweet children's book is about Emile, a quiet child who is often assumed to be shy but has a beautiful and adventurous inner world. It encourages introverts to be themselves while demonstrating to others that being quiet or shy isn't bad and quiet people can be just as bold as anyone else. 

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The Best Fantasy Novels of 2022

From dark academia to epic journeys, the best fantasy of the year comes in all shapes and sizes..

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If, in the year of our Lord 2022, the phrase fantasy books evokes nothing but decades-old series of thousand-page sword-and-sorcery door stoppers set in slightly altered versions of medieval Europe, well, we’re thrilled to tell you that you have some catching up to do. Today’s fantasy fiction refuses to be constrained by the dominant cultural stereotype. There’s room for door stoppers, to be sure, but there’s so much more out there. The books on this list are the cream of this year’s crop, from dark academia to mythological retellings to epic journeys, set in alternate versions of our reality and in worlds completely foreign to us.

In the interest of covering the widest variety of books and authors, we’re not including sequels or series entries here, but 2022 was a rich year for those, too. Don’t miss A.K. Larkwood’s The Thousand Eyes (the second entry in her Serpent Gates series), N.K. Jemisin’s The World We Make (the second and final book in her Great Cities duology), Naomi Novik’s The Golden Enclaves (the final book of the Scholomance trilogy), and Tamsyn Muir’s Nona the Ninth (third in the Locked Tomb series).

10. The Atlas Six , Olivie Blake

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Olivie Blake’s runaway self-published #BookTok sensation turned traditionally published No. 1 New York Times best seller is the real deal. Equal parts Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History , the novel follows six magical adepts (called “medeians”) who have been chosen to compete for a spot in the ultra-elite, ultrasecretive Alexandrian Society, whose members are caretakers of the world’s lost knowledge. Five will be admitted, and the sixth — well, don’t worry too much about the sixth. The joy here is in sinking fully into these characters’ personalities, powers, quirks, foibles, assignations, and betrayals as they maneuver their way toward a place in the group. (Plus, we’re always a sucker for a good fantasy library.) It’s an immensely satisfying read, and if you love it, the sequel came out in October.

9. The Book Eaters, Sunyi Dean

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A reclusive family lives in self-imposed isolation on the Yorkshire moors: They are Book Eaters who live on pages and the stories they contain. But the Book Eaters are a dying breed, and their daughters are forced into arranged marriages in the interest of furthering the population. When Devon gives birth to a son, Cai, with a rare mutation — he eats not books but minds — she finds herself on the run from her controlling relatives, driven at all costs to protect her child and find a way to make a life for herself in the human world. This fantastical, often horrifying premise sets the scene for a remarkably nuanced exploration of the triumphs and sacrifices of motherhood (Devon must procure victims for Cai to subsist on even as she searches for a fabled drug that will allow him to live something closer to a normal life) and an affirming, if difficult, journey of self-determination as Devon comes into her own sexuality and agency.

8. Nettle & Bone , T. Kingfisher

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For those of us who grew up on a diet of a certain kind of ’80s and ’90s fantasy (think Patricia C. Wrede, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett), tucking into a T. Kingfisher book feels a bit like coming home to a house you’ve long loved only to find that some industrious, careful soul has dismantled the building board by board, removed the dry rot and plugged the leaks, and reconstructed the pieces into something familiar, spectacular, and utterly surprising. This is the key, though: The  feeling  is the same. You already know all the individual components of  Nettle & Bone : a plucky heroine whose family is in danger, an evil prince, a helpful(ish) witch, a fairy godmother, a disgraced knight, three impossible tasks, and not one but  two  delightful enchanted animals. But this isn’t a retelling; this is someone with a deep love for fantasy, folklore, and fairy tales picking the best parts from a smorgasbord of story elements and stitching them into something sparklingly original. Morbid but funny, cozy but with real danger at its heart,  Nettle & Bone  is the fairy tale this year needed.

7. Saturnalia , Stephanie Feldman

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A fascinating, genre-bending dystopian fantasy-thriller-ecohorror hybrid, Stephanie Feldman’s Saturnalia imagines a magical near-future Philadelphia studded with mysterious, mythologically connected secret societies and a populace that has bent back toward paganism as the world burns. On the feast of Saturnalia each year, debauched revelry is the order of the day. Nina, a fortune teller who removed herself from the elite ranks of the Saturn Club three years prior, undertakes a heist for a friend during the festival but finds herself drawn into a much darker, more dangerous plot before night’s end. Feldman builds an engrossing, upsetting vision of the future that’s at once grim and wondrous — a magical feat in and of itself.

6. Spear , Nicola Griffith

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Inclusive retellings of misunderstood figures of myth and folklore are very much in vogue right now, but vanishingly few of them are written by authors as talented as Nicola Griffith. She has been writing singular queer speculative fiction for 30 years now (when Ursula K. Le Guin says your debut novel has a “very interesting take on gender,” you’ve planted your flag early), and this short novel is as strong as anything she has written. Spear reimagines the legend of Percival, the Welsh Grail knight later supplanted by Sir Galahad, as the story of a nameless girl raised in isolation but called to adventure, romance, and glory. The book is steeped in research (but never weighed down by it) and told in prose as incisive and devastatingly beautiful as any we’ve read this year.

5. The Spear Cuts Through Water , Simon Jimenez

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Formally ambitious and imaginatively rich beyond wonder, Simon Jimenez’s sophomore novel is a marvel. On the surface, this is the story of two soldiers shepherding a dying goddess across a landscape populated by miracles, oddities, and monsters to bring down a tyrannical emperor. That alone would be enough, but Jimenez’s command of prose and playfulness of thought is used to incredible effect to show how oral traditions can transform a tale. The frame narrative (calling it a frame narrative is reductive, but it works for simplicity’s sake) is set generations later than the main story and shifts from recounted myth to immersive storytelling by way of a theater accessed through dreams; it’s a timeline that intersects with the main story in unexpected and magical ways. This book must be read to be believed.

4. The Women Could Fly , Megan Giddings

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Megan Giddings’s remarkable second novel takes place in an oppressively racist and misogynist totalitarian version of the United States that simultaneously fears, covets, and punishes women’s power. Witches are real, and any woman not married by 30 will have her autonomy curtailed by force under suspicion of witchcraft, especially if she’s not white. Jo — Black, bisexual, and 28— is at a crossroads. She’s staring down the deadline for marriage (to a man, of course) and haunted by the disappearance of her mother (a suspected witch), which happened when Jo was a teenager. But when new clues about her mother’s fate arise, Jo finds herself in the midst of a community unlike any she has ever experienced. It’s a harrowing and beautiful book, and Giddings never lets the immediacy of her subject matter overbalance her graceful storytelling and the deep humanity of her characters.

3. The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings

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Some of the best fantasy starts from a place of metaphor made literal. A visitor to New Orleans in our reality may observe that music seems to be the city’s lifeblood; in Alex Jennings’s exceptional urban-fantasy debut, the magic of song is quite literally the engine that keeps the phantasmagorical city of Nola alive. But some of the songs that form its foundation have escaped from the piano of Doctor Professor, Nola’s “haint” musician emeritus, and it’s up to a plucky and powerful set of young characters to track them down before the city crumbles around them. Just as Nola overflows with personified song, vivid art, zombie cabs, talkative nutria, sky trolleys, and floating graffiti, Perilous Graves is full to bursting with surreal ideas, gloriously unique characters, unapologetic Blackness, and a soul-deep love for New Orleans and its people.

2. Babel, or the Necessity of Violence , R.F. Kuang

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R.F. Kuang’s Poppy War trilogy made her an instant name in the fantasy world, and her first stand-alone novel once again shows us why. In Babel , the work of translation is the source of magic, which is in turn the source of the British Empire’s power. At Oxford, a team of young translators finds “match-pairs,” or words and phrases translated from one language to another. The gap in meaning or connotation between the two holds immense power, and the empire uses that power to maintain its stranglehold on the rest of the world. The protagonists are young people snatched from their homelands (China, Haiti, India) who were raised to support Britain but are coming into their own awareness about imperialism, academia, racism, and what revolutionary decolonization could look like in practice. Babel is not an easy read — Kuang isn’t here to hold your hand through your feelings about colonialism, and she doesn’t shy away from the ugliest pieces of imperialist history. Rather, she challenges us to actively engage with the story in a way that more casual readers may not be used to. But it’s worth it: Babel is a monumental work that rewards the effort you put into it.

1. Siren Queen , Nghi Vo

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In an alternate version of pre-Code Hollywood where aspiring actors often meet their end as fodder for the sinister ritual magic that powers the studio system, Luli Wei is determined to be a star. The odds, of course, are stacked against her as she’s a gay Chinese American woman, but driven by her ambition and willingness to play the studio heads’ dark game, she finds her breakout role: not as a heroine but a monster. Yet as she sinks further into the murk of the industry, risking her own soul in the process, Luli finds love — and a greater purpose if she can muster the strength to see it through. Coming hot on the heels of last year’s The Chosen and the Beautiful , a queer, immigrant reimagining of The Great Gatsby , Siren Queen establishes Vo as an uncommonly talented new voice in fantasy, one who writes from a place of anger, insight, and deep compassion.

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T he best books coming in April include historian Erik Larson ’s latest nonfiction thriller, former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey ’s meditation on writing, and Salman Rushdie ’s agonizing account of the brutal knife attack he suffered two years ago. Other notable releases include a pair of career-spanning anthologies that celebrate the works of cultural critic Maggie Nelson and historian Nell Irvin Painter , as well as Amor Towles ’ first collection of short stories. Alyssa Cole ’s new mystery features a protagonist struggling with dissociative identity disorder, while former therapist Patric Gagne hopes to recontextualize the term “sociopath” with her debut memoir of the same name. 

Here, the 12 best books to read this month.

The Cemetery of Untold Stories , Julia Alvarez (April 2)

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In Julia Alvarez ’s seventh adult novel, The Cemetery of Untold Stories, acclaimed writer Alma Cruz inherits a piece of her homeland, the Dominican Republic. After the death of her close friend and fellow author, Alma decides to retire and turn her plot of land into a graveyard for the unpublished tales she’d like to finally put to rest. But just because Alma is ready to abandon her characters, some of whom are based on real historical figures, it doesn’t mean they are ready to go peacefully. Mystical and moving, The Cemetery of Untold Stories shows why some stories must be told no matter how hard you try to bury them.

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Village Weavers , Myriam J. A. Chancy (April 2)

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For fans of Elena Ferrante : Myriam J. A. Chancy’s Village Weavers is a wistful look at a complicated female friendship that spans decades and continents. Growing up in1940s Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Gertie and Sisi are the best of friends until a devastating secret that bonds their families tears them apart. The book follows the two women as they fall in and out of one another’s lives amid a violent dictatorship, and struggle with infertility and terminal illness. When Sisi gets an unexpected call from Gertie in 2002, decades after they last spoke, she must decide whether she is ready to forgive—or forget—all that they have shared.

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Sociopath , Patric Gagne (April 2)

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Writer and former therapist Patric Gagne first discovered she was a sociopath in college. But, in her provocative debut memoir, Sociopath , she admits that there were signs long before she was diagnosed. With incredible candor, she details the violent outbursts she exhibited as a child that would lead to near run-ins with the law in her teens and 20s. “Most of the time I felt nothing,” she writes, “so I did bad things to make the nothingness go away.” Despite her lifelong lack of empathy, shame, and guilt, she has become a loving wife and mother, something she knows doesn’t fit with pop culture’s portrayal of sociopaths as murderers, villains, and monsters. In her memoir, Gagne looks to destigmatize the often misunderstood mental disorder, now more commonly known as antisocial personality disorder , while offering compassion to those, like her, who are trying to change what it means to be a sociopath.

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We Loved It All , Lydia Millet (April 2)

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Lydia Millet ’s first foray into nonfiction, We Loved It All: A Memory of Life, questions what humans lose when they ignore their connection to the animal kingdom. With great passion and indignation, the acclaimed novelist behind 2022’s Dinosaurs takes aim at corporations whose greed has endangered the world’s wildlife. She looks at how the “ Crying Indian” anti-litter campaign from the 1970s allowed big business to place the onus on consumers to clean up the environmental mess they played the largest role in causing. By sharing personal anecdotes about her own childhood, as well as the experiences of raising her son and daughter, Millet shows how caring about the smallest creatures that live among us is tied to the fight for economic justice around the globe. With her mournful yet often hopeful rumination on our current state of existence, Millet reminds us that we are not alone in this world.

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Like Love , Maggie Nelson (April 2)

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Like Love draws on two decades of Maggie Nelson’s career as a critic of art in all its forms. The collection of previously published work, arranged in chronological order, includes essays on, tributes to, and conversations with creatives the author deeply admires: musician Björk, poet Eileen Myles, fine artist Kara Walker , the late queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick , novelist Ben Lerner , philosopher Judith Butler , and writer and theater critic Hilton Als, whose words inspired the book’s title. When examining the art she loves, Nelson uses incisive and analytical prose, but her scholarly style doesn’t take away from the joy she feels for the work. “Words aren’t just what’s left,” she writes of why we need criticism. “They’re what we have to offer.”

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Table for Two , Amor Towles (April 2)

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Amor Towles ’ Table For Two is an intimate collection of six short stories that take place in early 2000s New York, and a 1930s Hollywood-set novella that picks up where his 2011 debut, Rules of Civility , left off. The book, which was written while he was meant to be working on his fourth novel , focuses on brief but fateful encounters between strangers, would-be business partners, and estranged relatives. Most of these conversations take place at a table set for two, the perfect place to share a tête-à-tête about forgery or bootlegging or even the blackmailing of screen legend Olivia de Havilland . Table For Two is a smorgasbord of deliciously mischievous tales imbued with Towles’ signature wit and worldliness.

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The House of Being , Natasha Trethewey (April 9)

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In The House of Being, which was originally delivered as a 2022 prize lecture at Yale University, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey takes readers back to her grandmother’s home outside of Gulfport, Miss., where the author learned to read and write. It was there that her neighbors flew Confederate flags with pride, and her late mother—whose death at the hands of her ex-husband was the focus of Trethewey’s best-selling 2020 memoir, Memorial Drive — took to singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” any time she passed one. It was also where, Trethewey would later learn, formerly enslaved men and women were educated after the Civil War, their stories lost to time because they had not been written down. With The House of Being, Trethewey doesn’t just explore the reasons why she writes. She also offers a compassionate argument for why we must all be the authors of our own stories.

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One of Us Knows , Alyssa Cole (April 16)

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Best-selling author Alyssa Cole ’s latest novel, One of Us Knows, is a paranoia-filled murder mystery full of twists and turns. Preservationist Kenetria “Ken” Nash has taken a job as the caretaker of a gothic castle on a remote island on the Hudson River in the hopes of getting back on her feet. For the last six years, Ken has struggled with dissociative identity disorder, which causes her to, without much warning, “switch” between multiple identities. Lately, Ken has found it harder to keep her “headmates”—precocious toddler Keke, judgy perfectionist Della, and the sophisticated Solomon, to name a few—in check. When a man from Ken’s past is found dead in the historic home, she must enlist her headmates’ help in hopes of clearing her name, all the while knowing she could be the killer she is looking for.

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Knife , Salman Rushdie (April 16)

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On Aug. 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie was stabbed nearly 10 times while at a speaking engagement in western New York. With his new memoir, Knife, Rushdie writes about the violent attack that left him with PTSD , limited mobility in his left hand, and the loss of sight in his right eye, offering an intimate and often harrowing account of what happened that day and what life has been like for him since. (The trial for Rushdie’s alleged attacker , who has been charged with attempted murder, has been postponed due to the release of this book, since it can serve as potential evidence.) Rushdie has said that writing Knife was an important step in the healing process. “This was a necessary book for me to write,” he said in a statement . “A way to take charge of what happened, and to answer violence with art.”

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I Just Keep Talking , Nell Irvin Painter (April 23)

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For the past five decades, acclaimed writer, artist, historian, and critic Nell Irvin Painter’s work has felt ahead of its time. I Just Keep Talking, a decades-spanning collection of more than 40 of her previously published essays, shows just how prescient her work really was. The anthology includes a 1982 essay on the effect white educators’ reluctance to teach Black resistance would have on how the history of slavery is taught in America . In other pieces, she examines how Spike Lee ’s film Malcolm X reinvented the activist and breaks down the gender and racial stereotypes that hurt Anita Hill ’s case against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing. A more recent essay from 2022 offers a strong warning to Democrats: If you “jettison voting rights in order to court white voters without college degrees,” she writes, you’ll risk repeating the mistakes of Reconstruction . This insightful anthology shows why Painter, now 81 years old, is still one of the most important voices in America.

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Lucky , Jane Smiley (April 23)

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As the title of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley ’s coming-of-age novel Lucky implies, protagonist Jodie Rattler has always been more fortunate than most. While attending college at Penn State in the 1960s, Jodie decides she’d like to become a folk singer, so she records a song that becomes a surprise hit. She soon finds herself living like a true bohemian, recording an album in New York, touring the country, and earning comparisons to musical luminaries like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell . But as the pressure builds for her to leave school and focus on her music career full time, she finds herself questioning her future. Lucky offers a tender look at one young woman’s journey to understand who she has become and who she’d like to be when she finally grows up.

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The Demon of Unrest , Erik Larson (April 30)

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After tackling World War II by focusing on Winston Churchill’s leadership during the Blitz with The Splendid and the Vile , one of TIME’s best books of 2020 , Erik Larson returns with a historical nonfiction thriller set before the start of the U.S. Civil War . The Demon of Unrest looks at the chaotic five-month period between the November 1860 election of President Abraham Lincoln and the April 1861 surrender of Fort Sumter , which marked the official beginning of the war. Using journals, slave ledgers, plantation records, and secret correspondence, Larson offers an intriguing look at a young country on the brink of collapse. He reexamines the lead-up to the four-year conflict by putting the focus not only on the rebellion’s major players, but also on those on the periphery: Maj. Robert Anderson, the Union commander at Fort Sumter, Edmund Ruffin, an agricultural reformer and ardent secessionist, James H. Hammond, a senator and wealthy plantation owner from South Carolina, and Mary Boykin Chesnut, the wealthy wife of a lawyer and senator whose diary became an invaluable resource for the author.

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The book cover for “The Cemetery of Untold Stories” shows what appears to be a dead woman on the ground, as foliage surrounds her and the edges of the book.

The Cemetery of Untold Stories , by Julia Alvarez

After decades in America, a Dominican writer named Alma Cruz “retires” to a scrappy piece of real estate she’s inherited in her homeland. But a riot of stories — historical, magical, irrepressible — are still fighting to be told, so she builds a graveyard where their spirits can rise once more.

Algonquin, April 2

The Mango Tree , by Annabelle Tometich

The felony that opens Tometich’s sweet, sharp memoir sets the tone for the whole story: Her mother has been arrested for brandishing a gun at a would-be mango thief. No one is shocked — Tometich’s mother is a force of nature, and her beloved mango tree is the metaphorical center of their sometimes chaotic, often complicated family.

Little, Brown, April 2

The Sicilian Inheritance , by Jo Piazza

Twinned narratives guide the fizzy, food-y latest from Piazza: the modern-day saga of a flailing Philadelphia chef who honors the dying wish of a beloved great-aunt by journeying back to her ancestral Italian homeland, and flashbacks to the plucky great-grandmother whose battle against the constraints of early-20th-century Sicilian womanhood may have ended in her murder.

Dutton, April 2

Sociopath , by Patric Gagne

“Rules do not factor into my decision-making,” the author, a Ph.D. in psychology, writes. “I’m capable of almost anything.” Her new memoir argues that this personality type is more common, and more complicated, than we think.

Simon & Schuster, April 2

Fi , by Alexandra Fuller

In her fifth memoir, Fuller writes about the sudden, unexplained death of her 21-year-old son. She also writes about his too-short life, and explores the adage about life going on. Does it, really? And if so, how?

Grove, April 9

The Limits , by Nell Freudenberger

There’s little limit to the ambitions of Freudenberger’s hefty new novel, which skips from a small volcanic island in the South Pacific to the concrete canyons of Manhattan in a complex tale of co-parenting, second marriages, class and climate change. (Also, coral reefs.)

Knopf, April 9

Somehow , by Anne Lamott

“Thoughts on Love” is the subtitle of Lamott’s 20th book, which considers the subject in its romantic, platonic and spiritual varieties.

Riverhead, April 9

The Wide Wide Sea , by Hampton Sides

When the British naval officer James Cook set off for his voyage across the globe in 1776, his ostensible goal was to ferry Mai, a handsome and witty Tahitian man, back to Polynesia. But, as Sides shows in this vivid recounting, the leitmotif of what became Cook’s final journey was his confrontation with the dire results of his meddling in the region.

Doubleday, April 9

The Wives , by Simone Gorrindo

When Gorrindo’s husband joined an army unit and was promptly deployed overseas, the New York-based journalist was not just relocated to a base in Georgia, but to a completely new life. “The Wives” — both memoir and love letter — is a tribute to the community of women she found there, a unique source of support unlike any she had ever known.

Scout Press, April 9

Knife , by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie’s new memoir is a detailed account of the harrowing events of Aug. 12, 2022, when he was attacked onstage at a public talk. More than 30 years after the supreme leader of Iran issued a fatwa on his life, the writer turns to his craft to “make sense of the unthinkable.”

Random House, April 16

A Body Made of Glass , by Caroline Crampton

Crampton, a British journalist, weaves her own cancer diagnosis, and its cure, into this cultural history of hypochondria, which also considers such literary figures as Charles Darwin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Philip Larkin.

Ecco, April 23

Funny Story , by Emily Henry

Henry’s latest contribution to the library of lightheartedness is a novel of opposites. What happens when spurned lovers team up against the people who hurt them? Bonus points because one character in this love square happens to be a small town librarian.

Berkley, April 23

Reboot , by Justin Taylor

This satire of modern media and pop culture follows a former child actor who is trying to revive the TV show that made him famous. Taylor delves into the worlds of online fandom while exploring the inner life of a man seeking redemption — and something meaningful to do.

Pantheon, April 23

The Demon of Unrest , by Erik Larson

Abraham Lincoln hadn’t even settled into his new job as president of the United States when the country he was narrowly elected to lead began to crack apart. Larson, a best-selling historian, traces the figures who tried to stop the American Civil War from happening in the lead-up to the attack on Fort Sumter.

Crown, April 30

A Life Impossible, by Steve Gleason and Jeff Duncan

In 2011, Steve Gleason, a former safety for the New Orleans Saints, learned that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.) and was told he had three years to live. “A Life Impossible” is his memoir of marriage, fatherhood, his football career and surviving the last decade.

Knopf, April 30

Real Americans , by Rachel Khong

Khong’s sophomore novel is a tale about the evolution of one family over the course of generations. As the story opens, Lily, who is the daughter of Chinese immigrants, begins a love affair with Matthew, the wealthy son of an aristocratic family. But as Lily and her child eventually learn, their family history is more complicated than it seems.

The Swans of Harlem , by Karen Valby

In the wake of M.L.K.’s assassination, the George Balanchine protégé Arthur Mitchell felt compelled to establish a space where Black bodies could break the lily-white codes of ballet and hold center stage. And so the Dance Theater of Harlem was born — and with it, the careers of five “swans” whose journey through the cultural, political and physical tumult of the times Valby chronicles here.

Pantheon, April 30

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