NPR Books We Love 2022

See what books NPR selected as their favorite reads of 2022 and check them out from your local library.  Learn more by visiting NPR's Books We Love page.
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A down home meal for these difficult times : stories Meron Hadero A down home meal for these difficult times : stories cover image
A house between Earth and the moon Rebecca Scherm A house between Earth and the moon cover image
A lady for a duke Alexis J Hall A lady for a duke cover image
A tiny upward shove Melissa Chadburn A tiny upward shove cover image
A warbler's journey Scott Weidensaul A warbler's journey cover image
Abolition geography : essays towards liberation Ruth Wilson Gilmore Abolition geography : essays towards liberation cover image
African Town : inspired by the true story of the last American slave ship Irene Latham African Town : inspired by the true story of the last American slave ship cover image
Age of Cage : four decades of Hollywood through one singular career Keith Phipps Age of Cage : four decades of Hollywood through one singular career cover image
All the flowers kneeling Paul Tran All the flowers kneeling cover image
All this could be different Sarah Thankam Mathews All this could be different cover image
An arrow to the moon Emily X R Pan An arrow to the moon cover image
Ancestor trouble : a reckoning and a reconciliation Maud Newton Ancestor trouble : a reckoning and a reconciliation cover image
Aviva vs. the Dybbuk Mari Lowe Aviva vs. the Dybbuk cover image
Ballad & dagger Daniel José Older Ballad & dagger cover image
Black cake : a novel Charmaine Wilkerson Black cake : a novel cover image
Blood and ruins : the last imperial war, 1931-1945 R J Overy Blood and ruins : the last imperial war, 1931-1945 cover image
Blue : a history of the color as deep as the sea and as wide as the sky Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond Blue : a history of the color as deep as the sea and as wide as the sky cover image
Body work : the radical power of personal narrative Melissa Febos Body work : the radical power of personal narrative cover image
Bomb shelter : love, time, and other explosives Mary Laura Philpott Bomb shelter : love, time, and other explosives cover image
Book lovers Emily Henry Book lovers cover image
Camera man : Buster Keaton, the dawn of cinema, and the invention of the Twentieth Century Dana Stevens Camera man : Buster Keaton, the dawn of cinema, and the invention of the Twentieth Century cover image
Canopy Linda Gregerson Canopy cover image
Chilean poet : a novel Alejandro Zambra Chilean poet : a novel cover image
Colu cooks : easy fancy food Colu Henry Colu cooks : easy fancy food cover image
Companion piece : a novel Ali Smith Companion piece : a novel cover image
Constructing a nervous system : a memoir Margo Jefferson Constructing a nervous system : a memoir cover image
Customs : poems Solmaz Sharif Customs : poems cover image
Davos man : how the billionaires devoured the world Peter S Goodman Davos man : how the billionaires devoured the world cover image
Did ye hear Mammy died? : a memoir Séamas O'Reilly Did ye hear Mammy died? : a memoir cover image
Different kinds of fruit Kyle Lukoff Different kinds of fruit cover image
Disorientation Elaine Hsieh Chou Disorientation cover image
Either/or Elif Batuman Either/or cover image
Fiona and Jane Jean Chen Ho Fiona and Jane cover image
Fix me a plate : traditional and new school soul food recipes from Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat Scotty Scott Fix me a plate : traditional and new school soul food recipes from Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat cover image
Flung out of Space : inspired by the indecent adventures of Patricia Highsmith Grace Ellis Flung out of Space : inspired by the indecent adventures of Patricia Highsmith cover image
Flying solo : a novel Linda Holmes Flying solo : a novel cover image
French braid Anne Tyler French braid cover image
Funny you should ask : a novel Elissa Sussman Funny you should ask : a novel cover image
Glory : a novel NoViolet Bulawayo Glory : a novel cover image
Goliath Tochi Onyebuchi Goliath cover image
Growing pangs Kathryn Ormsbee Growing pangs cover image
Gullah Geechee home cooking : recipes from the matriarch of Edisto Island Emily Meggett Gullah Geechee home cooking : recipes from the matriarch of Edisto Island cover image
Heartbroke : stories Chelsea Bieker Heartbroke : stories cover image
Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier Susan Jonusas Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier cover image
How high we go in the dark : a novel Sequoia Nagamatsu How high we go in the dark : a novel cover image
How to take over the world : practical schemes and scientific solutions for the aspiring supervillain Ryan North How to take over the world : practical schemes and scientific solutions for the aspiring supervillain cover image
I kissed Shara Wheeler : a novel Casey McQuiston I kissed Shara Wheeler : a novel cover image
I love you like yellow Andrea Beaty I love you like yellow cover image
I must betray you Ruta Sepetys I must betray you cover image
In defense of witches : the legacy of the witch hunts and why women are still on trial Mona Chollet In defense of witches : the legacy of the witch hunts and why women are still on trial cover image
In love : a memoir of love and loss Amy Bloom In love : a memoir of love and loss cover image
In sensorium : notes for my people Tanwi Nandini Islam In sensorium : notes for my people cover image
It's the end of the world and I'm in my bathing suit Justin A Reynolds It's the end of the world and I'm in my bathing suit cover image
Joan is okay : a novel Weike Wang Joan is okay : a novel cover image
Knight Owl Christopher Denise Knight Owl cover image
Left on Tenth : a second chance at life : a memoir Delia Ephron Left on Tenth : a second chance at life : a memoir cover image
Lesser known monsters of the 21st century : stories Kim Fu Lesser known monsters of the 21st century : stories cover image
Lessons in chemistry Bonnie Garmus Lessons in chemistry cover image
Listen to the language of the trees : a story of how forests communicate underground Tera Kelley Listen to the language of the trees : a story of how forests communicate underground cover image
Little monarchs Jonathan Case Little monarchs cover image
Lost & found : a memoir Kathryn Schulz Lost & found : a memoir cover image
Love marriage : a novel Monica Ali Love marriage : a novel cover image
Making videogames : the art of creating digital worlds Duncan Harris Making videogames : the art of creating digital worlds cover image
Marshmallow clouds : two poets at play among figures of speech Ted Kooser Marshmallow clouds : two poets at play among figures of speech cover image
Mecca Susan Straight Mecca cover image
Memphis : a novel Tara M Stringfellow Memphis : a novel cover image
Mi cocina : recipes and rapture from my kitchen in México Rick Martínez Mi cocina : recipes and rapture from my kitchen in México cover image
Mickey7 : a novel Edward Ashton Mickey7 : a novel cover image
Miss Quinces Kat Fajardo Miss Quinces cover image
Monarch : a novel Candice Wuehle Monarch : a novel cover image
Moon witch, spider king Marlon James Moon witch, spider king cover image
Mother ocean father nation : a novel Nishant Batsha Mother ocean father nation : a novel cover image
Mouth to mouth : a novel Antoine Wilson Mouth to mouth : a novel cover image
My annihilation Fuminori Nakamura My annihilation cover image
My parents won't stop talking! Emma Hunsinger My parents won't stop talking! cover image
Nasty, brutish, and short : adventures in philosophy with my kids Scott Hershovitz Nasty, brutish, and short : adventures in philosophy with my kids cover image
Nettle & Bone T Kingfisher Nettle & Bone cover image
Notes on your sudden disappearance : a novel Alison Espach Notes on your sudden disappearance : a novel cover image
Now do you know where you are Dana Levin Now do you know where you are cover image
Nuclear family : a novel Joseph Han Nuclear family : a novel cover image
Olga dies dreaming Xochitl Gonzalez Olga dies dreaming cover image
One for all Lillie Lainoff One for all cover image
One true loves Elise Bryant One true loves cover image
Ophelia after all Racquel Marie Ophelia after all cover image
Ordinary monsters J M Miro Ordinary monsters cover image
Origin : a genetic history of the Americas Jennifer Raff Origin : a genetic history of the Americas cover image
Our last days in Barcelona Chanel Cleeton Our last days in Barcelona cover image
Paradais Fernanda Melchor Paradais cover image
Portrait of a thief : a novel Grace D Li Portrait of a thief : a novel cover image
Present tense machine : a novel Gunnhild Øyehaug Present tense machine : a novel cover image
Páradais Fernanda Melchor Páradais cover image
Rainbow rainbow : stories Lydia Conklin Rainbow rainbow : stories cover image
Ramón and Julieta : love & tacos Alana Quintana Albertson Ramón and Julieta : love & tacos cover image
Recitatif : a story Toni Morrison Recitatif : a story cover image
Red paint : the ancestral autobiography of a Coast Salish punk Sasha taqwšeblu LaPointe Red paint : the ancestral autobiography of a Coast Salish punk cover image
Red scare Liam Francis Walsh Red scare cover image
Salmon P. Chase : Lincoln's vital rival Walter Stahr Salmon P. Chase : Lincoln's vital rival cover image
Scattered all over the earth Yōko Tawada Scattered all over the earth cover image
Scoundrel : how a convicted murderer persuaded the women who loved him, the conservative establishment, and the courts to set him free Sarah Weinman Scoundrel : how a convicted murderer persuaded the women who loved him, the conservative establishment, and the courts to set him free cover image
Sea of Tranquility Emily St John Mandel Sea of Tranquility cover image
Secret identity : a novel Alex Segura Secret identity : a novel cover image
Shit Cassandra saw : stories Gwen E Kirby Shit Cassandra saw : stories cover image
Siren queen Nghi Vo Siren queen cover image
Srta. quinces Kat Fajardo Srta. quinces cover image
Star child : a biographical constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler Ibi Aanu Zoboi Star child : a biographical constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler cover image
Take my hand Dolen Perkins-Valdez Take my hand cover image
Teenager : a novel Bud Smith Teenager : a novel cover image
Thank you, Mr. Nixon : stories Gish Jen Thank you, Mr. Nixon : stories cover image
The Aquanaut : a story Dan Santat The Aquanaut : a story cover image
The Latinist : a novel Mark Prins The Latinist : a novel cover image
The Paradox Hotel : a novel Rob Hart The Paradox Hotel : a novel cover image
The Paris apartment : a novel Lucy Foley The Paris apartment : a novel cover image
The Peanutbutter sisters and other American stories Rumi Hara The Peanutbutter sisters and other American stories cover image
The art of pantry cooking : meals for family and friends Ronda Rice Carman The art of pantry cooking : meals for family and friends cover image
The baby on the fire escape : creativity, motherhood, and the mind-baby problem Julie Phillips The baby on the fire escape : creativity, motherhood, and the mind-baby problem cover image
The candy house : a novel Jennifer Egan The candy house : a novel cover image
The family Chao : a novel Lan Samantha Chang The family Chao : a novel cover image
The fervor : a novel Alma Katsu The fervor : a novel cover image
The girl who fell beneath the sea Axie Oh The girl who fell beneath the sea cover image
The hacienda Isabel Cañas The hacienda cover image
The hurting kind : poems Ada Limón The hurting kind : poems cover image
The immortal King Rao : a novel Vauhini Vara The immortal King Rao : a novel cover image
The kissing of kissing : poems Hannah Emerson The kissing of kissing : poems cover image
The last slave ship : the true story of how Clotilda was found, her descendants, and an extraordinary reckoning Ben Raines The last slave ship : the true story of how Clotilda was found, her descendants, and an extraordinary reckoning cover image
The memory librarian : and other stories of dirty computer Janelle Monáe The memory librarian : and other stories of dirty computer cover image
The mutual friend : a novel Carter Bays The mutual friend : a novel cover image
The nineties : a book Chuck Klosterman The nineties : a book cover image
The no-show Beth O'Leary The no-show cover image
The novelist : a novel Jordan Castro The novelist : a novel cover image
The old woman with the knife : a novel Pyŏng-mo Ku The old woman with the knife : a novel cover image
The power law : venture capital and the making of the new future Sebastian Mallaby The power law : venture capital and the making of the new future cover image
The power of regret : how looking backward moves us forward Daniel H Pink The power of regret : how looking backward moves us forward cover image
The red palace June Hur The red palace cover image
The return of Faraz Ali Aamina Ahmad The return of Faraz Ali cover image
The school for good mothers : a novel Jessamine Chan The school for good mothers : a novel cover image
The southernization of America : a story of democracy in the balance Frye Gaillard The southernization of America : a story of democracy in the balance cover image
The stars are not yet bells Hannah Lillith Assadi The stars are not yet bells cover image
The summer of bitter and sweet Jenny Ferguson The summer of bitter and sweet cover image
The swimmers Julie Otsuka The swimmers cover image
The third person Emma Grove The third person cover image
The treeline : the last forest and the future of life on earth Ben Rawlence The treeline : the last forest and the future of life on earth cover image
The verifiers Jane Pek The verifiers cover image
The wok : recipes and techniques J Kenji López-Alt The wok : recipes and techniques cover image
The world in a skillet Christopher Kimball The world in a skillet cover image
Time is a mother Ocean Vuong Time is a mother cover image
To paradise Hanya Yanagihara To paradise cover image
True biz : a novel Sara Nović True biz : a novel cover image
Trust Hernán Díaz Trust cover image
Turkey and the Wolf : flavor trippin' in New Orleans Mason Hereford Turkey and the Wolf : flavor trippin' in New Orleans cover image
Under the skin : the hidden toll of racism on American lives and on the health of our nation Linda Villarosa Under the skin : the hidden toll of racism on American lives and on the health of our nation cover image
Very cold people : a novel Sarah Manguso Very cold people : a novel cover image
Vladimir : a novel Julia May Jonas Vladimir : a novel cover image
We carry their bones : the search for justice at the Dozier School for Boys Erin H Kimmerle We carry their bones : the search for justice at the Dozier School for Boys cover image
What my bones know : a memoir of healing from complex trauma Stephanie Foo What my bones know : a memoir of healing from complex trauma cover image
When we were birds : a novel Ayanna Lloyd Banwo When we were birds : a novel cover image
Where butterflies fill the sky : a story of immigration, family, and finding home Zahra Marwan Where butterflies fill the sky : a story of immigration, family, and finding home cover image
Yinka, where is your huzband? Lizzie Damilola Blackburn Yinka, where is your huzband? cover image
Yonder : a novel Jabari Asim Yonder : a novel cover image
You made a fool of death with your beauty : a novel Akwaeke Emezi You made a fool of death with your beauty : a novel cover image
Young Mungo : a novel Douglas Stuart Young Mungo : a novel cover image