2022 Staff Picks for Adults--Nonfiction

Updated January 6, 2023
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ADHD 2.0 : new science and essential strategies for thriving with distraction--from childhood through adulthood
Hallowell, Edward M.
A revolutionary new approach to ADD/ADHD featuring cutting-edge research and strategies to help readers thrive, by the bestselling authors of the seminal books Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction "An inspired road map for living...
Fine : a comic about gender
Ewing, Rhea
As graphic artist Rhea Ewing neared college graduation in 2012, they became consumed by the question: What is gender? This obsession sparked a quest in which they eagerly approached both friends and strangers in their quiet Midwest town for interviews to turn into comics. A decade later, this...
The facemaker : a visionary surgeon's battle to mend the disfigured soldiers of World War I
Fitzharris, Lindsey
A New York Times Bestseller Finalist for the 2022 Kirkus Prize | Named a best book of the year by The Guardian "Enthralling. Harrowing. Heartbreaking. And utterly redemptive. Lindsey Fitzharris hit this one out of the park." --Erik Larson, author of...
Slaying the dragon : a secret history of Dungeons & Dragons
Riggs, Ben
Role-playing game historian Ben Riggs unveils the secret history of TSR-- the company that unleashed imaginations with Dungeons & Dragons, was driven into ruin by disastrous management decisions, and then saved by their bitterest rival. "Ben Riggs manages to...
Animal joy : a book of laughter and resuscitation
Alsadir, Nuar
A Time Must-Read Book of 2022 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2022 Aster(ix) Journal's 12 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022 An invigorating, continuously surprising book about the serious nature of laughter.<...
Between us : how cultures create emotions
Mesquita, Batja
"How are you feeling today?" We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between Us, acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the lens of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within larger social networks. From an outside...
California soul : an American epic of cooking and survival
Corbin, Keith
A sharply crafted and unflinchingly honest memoir about gangs, drugs, cooking, and living life on the line-both on the streets and in the kitchen-from one of the most exciting stars in the food world today "As compelling or more so than Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society...
Cashing out : win the wealth game by walking away
Saunders, Julien
A revolutionary financial and career path to break free from corporate America's grasp, make peace with your finances, and build wealth on your own terms When it comes to our finances, we're told to follow the same script as our white colleagues- work hard, make money, save, and...
The church of baseball : the making of Bull Durham : home runs, bad calls, crazy fights, big swings, and a hit
Shelton, Ron
LA TIMES BESTSELLER * From the award-winning screenwriter and director of cult classic Bull Durham, the extremely entertaining behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, and an insightful primer on the art and business of moviemaking. "This book...
Decluttering at the speed of life : winning your never-ending battle with stuff
White, Dana
You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff--you can get rid of clutter for good! Decluttering expert Dana White identifies the emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter and provides workable solutions to break through and...
Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally
Ladau, Emily
An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and whatnotto do) andhow you can help make the world a more inclusive place ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR NPR, Booklist . "A candid,...
How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America
Smith, Clint
This "important and timely" (Drew Faust, Harvard Magazine) #1 New York Times bestseller examines the legacy of slavery in America--and how both history and memory continue to shape our everyday lives. Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint...
The devil's half acre : the untold story of how one woman liberated the South's most notorious slave jail
Green, Kristen (Journalist)
The inspiring true story of an enslaved woman who liberated an infamous slave jail and transformed it into one of the nation's first HBCUs  In The Devil's Half Acre, New York Times ...
Going there
Couric, Katie
This heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest memoir shares the deeply personal life story of a girl next door and her transformation into a household name. For more than forty years, Katie Couric has been an iconic presence in the media world. In her...
Headstrong : 52 women who changed science--and the world
Swaby, Rachel
Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history's brightest female scientists. "Rachel Swaby's no-nonsense and neededHeadstrongdynamically profiles historically overlooked female visionaries in science, technology, engineering, and math."-Elle In...
Unprotected : a memoir
Porter, Billy
From Billy Porter, the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, Unprotected is a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing. "Bold, hilarious, honest, and singular. . . . Unprotected is a record of survival...
Hunt, gather, parent : what ancient cultures can teach us about the lost art of raising happy, helpful little humans
Doucleff, Michaeleen
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The oldest cultures in the world have mastered the art of raising happy, well-adjusted children. What can we learn from them? "Hunt, Gather, Parent is full of smart ideas that I immediately wanted to force on my own...
I hope this finds you well : poems
Baer, Kate
An Instant New York Times Bestseller The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Kind of Woman returns with a collection of erasure poems created from notes she received from followers, supporters and detractors--an artform that reclaims the vitriol from online trolls and inspires...
The last slave ship : the true story of how Clotilda was found, her descendants, and an extraordinary reckoning
Raines, Ben
An NPR Best Book of the Year The incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day--by the journalist who...
Mudlark : in search of London's past along the River Thames
Maiklem, Lara
Long heralded as a city treasure herself, expert "mudlarker" Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames' muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Maiklem unearths evidence of England's captivating, if sometimes murky,...
The puzzler : one man's quest to solve the most baffling puzzles ever, from crosswords to jigsaws to the meaning of life
Jacobs, A. J.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically goes on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles- why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world. "Even though I've never attempted the...
NurtureShock New Thinking About Children
Bronson, Po
Pastoral song : a farmer's journey
Rebanks, James
The acclaimed chronicle of the regeneration of one family's traditional English farm NATIONAL BESTSELLER * Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing * Named "Nature Book of the Year" by the Sunday Times * New York Times Editors' Choice * Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the...
Search history
Lim, Eugene
Search History oscillates between a wild cyberdog chase and lunch-date monologues as Eugene Lim deconstructs grieving and storytelling with uncanny juxtapositions and subversive satire. Frank Exit is dead--or is he? While eavesdropping on two women discussing a dog-sitting gig over...
Secretariat's Meadow : the land, the family, the legend
Tweedy, Kate Chenery.
" On March 30, 1970, Secretariat drew his first breath in a little white foaling shed on a historic farm called The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia. Three years later he would leave the nation breathless as he captured the Triple Crown, shattering records and rivals alike. At The Meadow, America...
She just wants to forget
Sin, R. H.
She Just Wants to Forget is the follow up to the New York Times bestselling poetry collection She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by r.h. Sin. 
South to America : a journey below the Mason-Dixon to understand the soul of a nation
Perry, Imani
WINNER OF THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "An elegant meditation on the complexities of the American South--and thus of America--by an esteemed daughter of the South and one of the great intellectuals of our time. An inspiration." -...
We were dreamers : an immigrant superhero origin story
Liu, Simu
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The star of Marvel's first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a...
The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies
Fagone, Jason
National Bestseller  NPR Best Book of the Year "Not all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie." --The New York Times Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true...
Finding me
Davis, Viola
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A HARPERS BAZAAR BEST BOOK OF 2022 * A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK * A MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK "It's clear from the first page that Davis is going to serve a more intimate, unpolished account than is typical of the average (often ghost-written)...

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