Best Books for Adults 2022

75 Books Found

  • Against Heaven: Poems

    Deftly blending the personal and the political, Alabi's unrestrained debut collection is equal parts prayer, praise, and protest.

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  • Alice in Borderland, Vol. 1

    Translated from the Japanese by Jonah Mayahara-Miller | Arisu and his two best friends are suddenly transported to an alternate version of Tokyo. In order to live, Arisu has to play various life-or-death games that will force him to collaborate or betray his friends.

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  • Animal Castle, Vol. 1

    Art by Felix Delep | In this spiritual successor to Animal Farm, a group of animals live under the oppressive regime of bull President Silvio and his dog militia. But when a new visitor comes to the farm, the sparks of revolution soon fly.

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  • Another Appalachia

    Avashia brings out universal strands in her very particular experience of growing up in Appalachia as the queer child of first-generation Indian parents. Into her poignant ruminations on food, religion, sports, family, and love, she weaves nostalgia, humor, sadness, and empathy. | Full title: Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place

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  • The Appeal: A Novel

    Wade through the evidence in this modern epistolary novel that dares readers to solve a murder amongst an amateur theatre group.

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  • The Best Men

    One weekend in Miami: two men who are unapologetically horny for each other, last-minute wedding planning, a British period drama, and one very scandalous spreadsheet.

  • A Black and Endless Sky

    Siblings Jonah and Nell are on a road trip seeking to mend their troubled relationship. Their drive in the desert ratchets up into a terrifying flight and fight as they trigger forces, otherworldly and otherwise, in this noir-tinted, suspense-driven horror.

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  • Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments

    D. Watkins grew up in East Baltimore, surrounded by violence and intergenerational trauma that bred toxic masculinity. Sprinkled with fleeting moments of joy, these personal essays track how he grew beyond societal expectations, surviving and thriving as a Black man of his own invention.

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  • A Caribbean Heiress in Paris: A Novel

    Sparks fly in 1899 Paris when Dominican heiress Luz Alana Heith-Benzan travels to the Paris Exposition to market her family's rum and meets Lord Evan Sinclair, a Scottish Earl and whiskey distiller. As problems arise, they realize an arranged marriage could benefit them both.

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  • The Change: A Novel

    A trio of women forge a kinship over their unique gifts to balance the scales of justice.

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  • Constellation Route

    At once funny, melancholy, and grandiose, the contents of a mail courier's bag spill out in Olzmann's latest book.

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  • Content Warning: Everything

    Emezi builds identity and family from chosen elements in these poems, describing the commonness of growing into divinity with wit, candor, and clarity.

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  • Dead Silence

    Imagine finding the Titanic 20 years after it disappeared without a trace. Only it's in outer space, and no one knows what caused its demise. Haunted by their pasts, a salvage crew discovers a missing luxury spaceship whose nightmare will haunt them into the future—if they can survive it.

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  • Delilah Green Doesn't Care

    Pressured into photographing her estranged stepsister’s wedding, Delilah Green returns to the small town she ran from. She plans to do the job and leave. But her plans go sideways when she runs into Claire, a single mom and her stepsister’s BFF.

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  • Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery

    Journalists often struggle with how to include themselves in the stories they tell. As Parks researches a gender nonconforming person her grandmother knew in the 1950s, she grapples with her own sexuality, Southernness, faith, and complicated relationship with her mother.

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  • Diary of a Void: A Novel

    Translated from the Japanese by David Boyd & Lucy North | Shibata both lies and rebels when she announces her pregnancy at the office. This vibrant tale of a woman’s fictitious pregnancy offers a charming social commentary on modern isolation and how community can transform an individual’s self-worth.

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  • Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

    O'Reilly directs droll gallows humor towards his childhood in 1990s Northern Ireland, where his mother died when he was five, leaving his father to raise 11 children. At times uproariously funny, this is an opportunity to bask in the warmth of the love that held this family together.

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  • Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

    Just released from prison after a 20-year sentence, Carlotta spends the Fourth of July weekend marveling at, and recoiling from, a gentrified Brooklyn, reconnecting with her past while struggling to assert her present as a proud, fiercely independent trans woman.

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  • Easy Beauty: A Memoir

    Part travelogue and part treatise, Cooper Jones's book chronicles what it is like to move through the world with a rare condition that visibly affects her stature and gait. Philosophy, art, gender, sex, travel, motherhood, academia, humor—this book has it all.

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  • Electric Idol

    After Aphrodite orders her son Eros to kill Psyche, he does the next worst thing. He marries her.

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  • The Empress and the English Doctor

    As smallpox ravages Europe in the 1700s, Russia's Catherine the Great not only submits to inoculation but publicizes the treatment so her subjects will accept it in this gripping story of Enlightenment ideals, female leadership, and the fight to promote science over superstition. | Full title: The Empress and the English Doctor: How Catherine the Great Defied a Deadly Virus

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  • The Escape Artist

    Rudolph Vrba, a Slovakian Jew, did the unthinkable: he escaped from more than one WWII concentration camp. After escaping from Auschwitz, having witnessed the importance of secrecy for the success of the Nazi operation, he didn't rest until he'd told the world what was happening there. | Full title: The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

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  • Every Summer After: A Novel

    Persephone and Sam had six summers to fall in love and one to ruin it all. Now, 12 years later, they have one weekend to make it right.

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  • The Fishermen and the Dragon

    A gripping story of the Texas Gulf Coast fishing community in the late 1970s. Oil companies were polluting the water, white fishermen blamed the Vietnamese refugees who had recently arrived, and racist violence erupted. And the fight for justice landed in federal court. | Full title: The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast

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  • Foster

    On a farm in rural Ireland, a young girl is cared for with tenderness by relatives whose attentiveness suggests something left unsaid. In 92 concise and beautiful pages we see the landscape of a family developed over one affecting summer.

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  • The Genesis of Misery

    If Joan of Arc and Ziggy Stardust had a baby it would be Misery Nomaki, navigating the intersection of faith, truth, and the fictions we weave for ourselves.

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  • Goliath

    In the 2050s, the privileged have fled Earth to space colonies, leaving behind a broken world and the people who fight to survive in what remains. With interwoven perspectives, Goliath probes issues of race, class, gentrification, and the power of narrative.

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  • The Hacienda

    In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, Beatriz marries Don Rudolfo Solórzano—in spite of the mystery surrounding the death of his first wife—and moves to his remote country estate. Far from it being the refuge she sought, Beatriz finds the Hacienda mired in supernatural horror.

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  • Heartbreaker: A Hell's Belles Novel

    Matchbreaker and thief Adelaide Frampton and Henry, the crusading Duke of Clayton, race to Gretna Green together to both make and break a marriage—if they don’t kill each other first.

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  • The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere—A Memoir

    James found acceptance amongst the West Coast punk scene but, as a biracial teen, still struggled to find his place in the world at large. This eye-opening memoir has the makings of an instant classic with its reflections on what it meant to be Black and punk.

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  • The Hookup Plan

    For pediatric surgeon London, a weekend hookup with her former high-school archnemesis Drew is exactly what the doctor ordered. But when he shows up for work at her hospital a few days later, London must devise rules and a plan to keep it casual. What could go wrong?

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  • How to Survive the Apocalypse: Poems

    In poems with titles like "What If the Supreme Court Were Really the Supremes?," Trimble speaks to the contemporary African American experience with works that are historical, humorous, and bitingly inquisitive.

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  • How We Go High in the Dark: A Novel

    A virus is released from melting permafrost in 2030, unleashing the Arctic Plague, a pandemic that changes human relationships with technology, the universe, and death. A series of vignettes, woven together into a speculative novel of human ingenuity at its worst and best.

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  • The Hurting Kind: Poems

    Nature is a springboard to self-reflection in Limón’s sixth collection, where the seasons serve as a prism and horses, scorpions, carp, and groundhogs inhabit moments of singular, revelatory grace.

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  • I'll Be You: A Novel

    The bond between twins is tested when Elli disappears, leaving Sam to pick up the pieces.

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  • Just Like Home

    Vera Crowder is summoned by her estranged dying mother to the house built by her father, a notorious serial killer. The gothic psychological suspense grows as the foundations of Vera’s childhood yield up more than just bones, and missives from her dead father begin to appear.

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  • Kick the Latch

    Careful research and deep empathy combine in this portrait of the unforgettable horse trainer Sonia. The life story you didn't know you needed, told in a spare, matter-of-fact narration that cannot conceal the passion and tenacity of a life hard-lived and success hard-won.

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  • Killers of a Certain Age: A Novel

    Don't sleep on these lady killers of a certain age.

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  • The Kiss Curse

    By-the-book Wells Penhallow learns the hard way what happens when you open up a competing witchcraft shop across from the woman who drives you crazy. Newbie witches, a talking cat, and witchy hijinks included...

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  • A Lady for a Duke

    In this groundbreaking Regency romance, Viola, presumed dead after Waterloo, returned to England to live as her true self. But it came with the cost of losing her best friend, the Duke of Gracewood. Now, years later, they get the chance to regain what they’ve lost.

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  • Like a Sister: A Novel

    Lena is determined to find out the truth about her sister's death in this love letter to the Bronx.

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  • Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies: A Pies Before Guys Mystery

    A delectable cozy with a star baker and her killer ingredient.

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  • The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir

    This memoir is as nebulous and shape-shifting as the clouds in its title. Rojas Contreras weaves family stories of her healer curandero grandfather, her mother's and her own bouts with amnesia, Colombian history, and daily interactions with the supernatural.

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  • The Many Deaths of Laila Starr

    Art by Filipe Andrade | When a human is prophesied to unearth the key to immortality, Death is out of a job; now bound to a mortal form, she races against the clock to stop this discovery. This book reflects on death, its effect on people's lives, and the importance of embracing life while you have it.

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  • Men in My Situation: A Novel

    Translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey | We encounter Arvid Jansen in a bleak period after his divorce and the death of his parents in a tragic ferry accident. He spends his time drinking, pursuing various women, and driving around in his Mazda. This book is a rare combination of melancholy and compelling.

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  • Miss Chloe

    Reading this contemplative and invigorating book is like sitting on a couch with a cup of tea and an old friend, talking about the peaks and valleys of life and relationships. Only the friend is Toni Morrison, and the conversation reveals the impact she had on a young Black writer. | Full title: Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

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  • Mothman Apologia

    Mixing rural folklore with a coming-of-age story, Lynn’s poetry paints an affecting picture of the opioid crisis in the Shenandoah Valley and lays bare our collective misunderstanding of Appalachia.

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  • My Volcano: A Novel

    A volcano pops up in the Central Park reservoir and starts growing. An eight-year-old boy in Mexico City is transported 500 years into the past. A Nigerian scholar in Tokyo studies a folktale about a woman of fire who destroys an entire village. And a nomadic farmer in Mongolia is stung by a bee, transforming him into a green mist that aspires to connect every living thing to its consciousness.

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  • Nettle & Bone

    After her sisters suffer for years in their domestic situation, shy princess Marra enlists the help of a reluctant fairy godmother, a fallen knight, a bonewitch, and a demon-possessed chicken to perform three impossible tasks and vanquish an evil prince.

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  • Never Name the Dead: A Novel

    Past meets present when Mae Sawpole returns home to Kiowa land.

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  • No One Left to Come Looking for You: A Novel

    In the East Village of the early 90s, drugs, murder, organized crime, and big real estate weave a mystery that can only be solved by a bass player in search of his stolen instrument.

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  • O

    English and Arabic find themselves in conversation about homeland, family, religion, and the role of women in Hashem Beck’s latest offering, with the interplay giving new meaning to traditional form.

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  • Ordinary Monsters: A Novel

    In this gripping supernatural horror, The Talents—children with peculiar gifts—are being gathered at a mysterious institute outside of Victorian Edinburgh. As they confront dark forces and secrets that could end the world, the Talents face a question: what makes a monster?

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  • The Other Dr. Gilmer

    Gilmer learns that the previous doctor at his clinic, also a Dr. Gilmer, left one day, murdered his father, and returned to work the next morning. While researching the case, he uncovers the woefully inadequate medical and mental-health resources available to incarcerated people. | Full title: The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice

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  • Path of Totality

    Pollari's poems about her grief after a stillbirth are both devastatingly intimate and sweepingly universal.

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  • Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball

    A fun history of pinball, from its origins to today's current popularity as a multiplayer electric machine. Beautifully drawn color graphics loaded with informed historical text, here's the story of why pinball is popular and a focus of today's video-game arcade rooms.

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  • Saint Sebastian's Abyss: A Novel

    A meditation on art that meticulously builds a fictional painter's world and critical legacy, only to playfully yet ruthlessly tear it all down. This tale of two art historical frenemies traces an apocalyptic obsession that circumscribes every waking moment of their lives.

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  • Shutter: A Novel

    The dead have always called out to Rita Todacheene, but a supposed suicide sharpens the focus on this forensic photographer.

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  • Siren Queen

    Great power comes with knowing names, and the magic of the silver screen is ancient and dark. Starlet Luli Wei’s only ambition is Hollywood fame, but the cost may be her soul.

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  • The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton. Vol. 1

    Art by Chris Schweizer | No one sheds a tear when Trigger Keaton, the world’s most abusive action star, dies. But when clues about his death point towards foul play, his six television sidekicks must band together to solve his murder... while figuring out why they should.

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  • Solito: A Memoir

    A young poet reflects on his harrowing 3,000-mile journey from El Salvador to the United States, shared from the point of view of his nine-year-old self. From his observations, both naive and wonder-filled, to the deep-felt experience of how kids process trauma, this is a powerful story.

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  • The Song of the Cell

    With the engaging simplicity of a great teacher and the metaphors of a poet, oncologist Mukherjee once again illuminates how the body (and life itself) works, this time with a history of cells and the evolving human understanding of them. | Full title: The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human

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  • The Stand-Up Groomsman: A Novel

    What do you get with a pink limo, fried crab claws, mochi donuts, and a karaoke-singing grandma? A laugh-out-loud romance between stand-up comedian Melvin Lee and corporate financier Vivian Liao... who also doesn’t quite know what to do with these elements.

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  • Stay Awake: A Novel

    Liv may not remember the crime she committed... but someone does.

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  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

    Art by Bilquis Evely | After the death of her beloved father, a young woman asks for Supergirl's help in punishing his killer. This gorgeously illustrated epic adventure is the perfect tribute to the Girl of Steel.

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin

    In a cyberpunk future, a lone warrior is on a quest to avenge his fallen brothers. This action-packed story, authored by the comic series' original creators, brings the tale of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to its thrilling conclusion.

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  • The Trees Witness Everything

    Working within the formal constraints of traditional Japanese poetry, Chang writes of aging, nature, love, death, and violence with an austere emotionality, creating stark beauty from simplicity.

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  • Vladimir: A Novel

    Romance readers, satire lovers, and critics of academia will be swept into the burning flames of passion by this account of a seasoned English professor and her growing obsession with Vladimir, the new young professor on campus.

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  • Wash Day Diaries

    Art by Robyn Smith | Four Black women share their experiences with lovers, friends, and family through the ritual of hair washing. Authentic, relatable, and artistically captivating through its palette of cool tones, this title teaches appreciation and commonality through the upkeep of hair.

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  • What Is Home, Mum?

    A journey through Khan's struggle with home and identity, examining not only how she sees herself, but how the rest of the world sees her too. With poetic, vulnerable storytelling and beautiful art mirroring her experiences, we glimpse this wild world through her perspective.

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  • What Is Otherwise Infinite: Poems

    Stone casts our everyday experiences in mythic language, lifting even the mundane anxieties of a sleepless night to new philosophical heights.

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  • When I Sing, Mountains Dance: A Novel

    Translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem | Mushrooms, witches, mountains, and ghosts rhythmically transform this narrative, leaving bits of earth and magic on every page. It is a folkloric story of how natural events and human drama interweave from the past to the present in a Pyrenees mountain community.

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  • When They Tell You to Be Good: A Memoir

    In this autobiography, Shakur, a queer, Jamaican American essayist and activist, charts his political journey as he reckons with his identity, his family’s immigration from Jamaica, and the intergenerational impacts of patriarchal and colonial violence.

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  • The White Mosque: A Memoir

    Samatar, a fantasy writer, applies her world-building prowess to two true stories: that of a Mennonite sect that settled in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s, and her own parallel journey, growing up half Mennonite, half Muslim in America. A digressive, evocative, and lyrical mosaic.

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  • You're Invited: A Novel

    Welcome to the biggest event of the year, where secrets are to die for.

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