2022 Staff Picks for Adults--Fiction

Updated January 6, 2023
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A lady's guide to fortune-hunting
Irwin, Sophie
"Bridgerton fans will swoon over this entertaining romp through Britain's Regency-era high society." --People "A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is a sharp, modern, and absolutely delicious take on the marriage plot. Sophie Irwin's debut is one of the most...
Our wives under the sea
Armfield, Julia
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (NPR, The Washington Post, Lit Hub, The Telegraph, Goodreads, Tor.com, them, and more) A FINALIST for the LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD and GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD "A deeply strange and haunting novel in the best possible way...An...
Fairy tale : a novel
King, Stephen
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice! Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world...
The long way to a small, angry planet
Chambers, Becky
National Bestseller! The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, Hugo Award winner for Best Series! Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space--and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe--in this...
Crossings : consisting of three manuscripts
Landragin, Alex
"A sparkling debut. Landragin's seductive literary romp shines as a celebration of the act of storytelling." --Publishers Weekly "Romance, mystery, history, and magical invention dance across centuries in an impressive debut novel." --Kirkus...
A river enchanted : a novel
Ross, Rebecca
"Exquisitely written with compelling characters and romance . . . I was swept away by the enchanting and magical world Rebecca Ross crafted, and loved every moment of it." -- Sue Lynn Tan, bestselling author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess Enter the isle of Cadence in this novel from...
The maid : a novel
Prose, Nita
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK * "A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center" (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.   FINALIST FOR...
Devil house
Darnielle, John
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "It's never quite the book you think it is. It's better." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times From John Darnielle, the New York Times bestselling author and the singer-songwriter of the...
Generation x-ed
Rowland, Rebecca
Bestselling editor Rebecca Rowland (Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction) and Dark Ink Books (Savini, Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer) present a unique anthology of monster, slasher, folk, and psychological horror as glimpsed through the lens of...
The great passion : a novel
Runcie, James
From acclaimed bestselling author James Runcie, a meditation on grief and music, told through the story of Bach's writing of the St. Matthew Passion. In 1727, Stefan Silbermann is a grief-stricken thirteen-year-old, struggling with the death of his mother and his...
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Zevin, Gabrielle
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * Sam and Sadie--two college friends, often in love, but never lovers--become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. It...
A psalm for the wild-built
Chambers, Becky
Winner of the Hugo Award! In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, bestselling Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk and Robot series, gives us hope for the future. It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools;...
Remarkably bright creatures : a novel
Van Pelt, Shelby
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! NAMED A BEST BOOK OF SUMMER by: Chicago Tribune * The View * Southern Living * USA Today "Remarkably Bright Creatures [is] an ultimately feel-good but deceptively...
The house in the Cerulean Sea
Klune, TJ
A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER! A 2021 Alex Award winner! The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner! An Indie Next Pick! One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"...
The very secret society of irregular witches
Mandanna, Sangu
Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, and is used to keeping her head down with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos 'pretending' to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously. But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and...
Meant to be : a novel
Giffin, Emily
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * He's American royalty. She comes from a troubled past. Is their love story meant to be? This "lively page-turner" (The New York Times) offers a nostalgic, hopelessly romantic escape--from the author of Something Borrowed and The Lies...
Wool
Howey, Hugh.
For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers,Wool is more than a self-published eBook phenomenon―it's the new standard in classic science fiction. In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women...
How high we go in the dark : a novel
Nagamatsu, Sequoia
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE * ROXANE GAY'S AUDACIOUS BOOK CLUB PICK * FINALIST FOR THE URSULA K. LE GUIN PRIZE "Moving and thought-provoking . . . offering psychological insights in lyrical prose while seriously exploring speculative conceits." --...
The IT girl
Ware, Ruth.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the "claustrophobic spine-tingler" (People) One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend's murder...
The mother-in-law
Hepworth, Sally
* "Deliciously entertaining!" --People Magazine's "People Pick" * Entertainment Weekly's "MUST List" * O Magazine's "15 Best Beach Books of the Year So Far" * Bustle "Best Book of April" * ...
Horse
Brooks, Geraldine
"Brooks' chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling." --The New York Times Book Review "Horse isn't just an animal story--it's a moving narrative about race and art." --TIME "A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and...
Nettle & Bone
Kingfisher, T.
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel An Instant USA Today & Indie Bestseller An Oprah Daily Top 25 Fantasy Book of 2022 A Vulture Best Fantasy Novel of 2022 An NPR Best Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction Book of 2022 A...
Book lovers
Henry, Emily
"One of my favorite authors."--Colleen Hoover An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily ∙ Today ∙...
All systems red
Wells, Martha
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Alex Award Winner: 2018 Locus Award One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017 A...
Nightcrawling
Mottley, Leila
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK * A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system. This debut of a blazingly original voice "bursts at the seams of every page and...
The phone booth at the edge of the world
Imai Messina, Laura
Laura Imai Messina's international bestselling novel is a story about grief, mourning, and the joy of survival, inspired by a real phone booth in Japan with its disconnected "wind" phone, a place of pilgrimage and solace since the 2011 tsunami. When Yui loses both...
Babel : or the necessity of violence : an arcane history of the Oxford Translators' Revolution
Kuang, R. F.
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of The Poppy War   "Absolutely phenomenal. One of the most brilliant, razor-sharp books I've had the pleasure of reading that isn't just an alternative fantastical history, but an interrogative one; one that grabs colonial...
Razorblade tears
Cosby, S. A.
*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* One of Barack Obama's Recommended Reads for Summer * New York Times Notable Book * NPR's Best Books of 2021 * Washington Post's Best Thriller and Mystery Books of the Year * TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books...
Reel
Ryan, Kennedy
Award-Winning Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan launches a brand new series with a Hollywood tale of wild ambition, artistic obsession, and unrelenting love. One moment in the spotlight. For...
Second place
Cusk, Rachel
A haunting fable of art, family, and fate from the author of the Outline trilogy. A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate...
Sorry to disrupt the peace
Cottrell, Patty Yumi
Helen Moran is thirty-two years old, single, childless, college-educated, and partially employed as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She's accepting a delivery from IKEA in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen's adoptive brother is dead.
The Southern book club's guide to slaying vampires
Hendrix, Grady
"This funny and fresh take on a classic tale manages to comment on gender roles, racial disparities, and white privilege all while creeping me all the way out. So good."-Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this New...
The Stationery Shop
Kamali, Marjan.
A poignant, heartfelt new novel by the award-nominated author of Together Tea--extolled by the Wall Street Journal as a "moving tale of lost love" and by Shelf Awareness as "a powerful, heartbreaking story"--explores loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.
Sundial
Ward, Catriona
"DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. Authentically terrifying." --Stephen King WINNER of Best Hardcover Novel at the ITW Thriller Awards * Finalist for the Bram Stoker and Locus Awards * Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel *...
A marvellous light
Marske, Freya
An International Bestseller! Winner of the 2022 Romantic Novel Award in Fantasy! Locus Award Finalist! An Indie Next pick and LibraryReads pick--with four starred reviews! A Best of 2021 Pick for NPR | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble |...
The violin conspiracy
Slocumb, Brendan
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! * Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise--undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music world--when a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather's heirloom violin...
Wash day diaries
Rowser, Jamila
From writer Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith comes a captivating graphic novel love letter to the beauty and endurance of Black women, their friendships, and their hair. Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends--Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie--through...

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