December really is the most wonderful time of year with season’s greetings, holiday shopping, and year-end lists. Whittled down from the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2022, the 10 best books of 2022 according to The New York Times feature five fiction and five nonfiction titles that if you haven’t read already then you will no doubt want to place on your 2023 TBR list.
The 10 Best Books Of 2022 According To The New York Times
The Best Fiction Of 2022
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
From one of the most celebrated writers of our time comes an “inventive, effervescent” (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory and quest for authenticity and human connection.
Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett
From the author of the “dazzling. . . . and daring” Pond (O magazine), the adventures of a young woman discovering her own genius, through the people she meets–and dreams up–along the way.
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity
The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
From one of the most celebrated new voices in American literature, a brilliantly inventive and “enthralling” (Oprah Daily) novel about the eternal bonds of family and the mysteries of love and loss—“Already earning its author comparisons to Toni Morrison . . . Destined to end up on every Best of the Year list” (Lit Hub).
Trust by Hernan Diaz
An unparalleled novel about money, power, intimacy, and perception.
The Best Nonfiction Of 2022
Stay True: A Memoir by Hua Hsu
“This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come.” —Rachel Kushner, two-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Flamethrowers and The Mars Room.
The acclaimed, award-winning New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv offers a groundbreaking exploration of mental illness and the mind, and illuminates the startling connections between diagnosis and identity.
Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa
From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole
A celebrated Irish writer’s magisterial, brilliantly insightful chronicle of the wrenching transformations that dragged his homeland into the modern world.
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