One of the best rituals in early January is planning your reading list for the year. Will 2022 be the time when you finally open this copy of Odysseus? Maybe you plan to read three books a month – or maybe this will be the year you order only from local bookstores, which are still battling the pandemic.
Whatever the reason, however, these days are dark and cold – and therefore the perfect excuse to give yourself something to look forward to. Here are books worth adding to your impending reading pile for 2022.
Lost objects: a memory, by Kathryn Schulz (January 11)
When Kathryn Schulz is described as “one of the great writers of our time”, it is more than just the usual marketing babble. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of This Truly Scary New Yorker As an article on the impending Pacific Northwest mega-earthquake, Schultz’s memoir promises to be just as seismic, albeit on a more personal scale. Eighteen months before her father’s death, Schulz fell in love, and this book weaves meditations on these two great characteristics of human relationships: loss and discovery. Pre-order here.
Goliath, by Tochi Onyebuchi (January 25)
The apocalypse fiction boom bleeds in 2022 with Goliath, some 30 years into the future as the rich flee our polluted, infested and collapsing planet for space colonies. Hugo and Nubela Award finalist author Tochi Onyebuchi follows a number of characters in this “biblically inspired uplifting tale” which, if at all, may seem too much uncomfortably familiar. “Onyebuchi sets fire to the border between fiction and reality, and brings to life a city in ruins and an all too plausible future. ” Shadow and bone author Leigh Bardugo presentation texts. “Riveting, disturbing and rendered in great detail.” Pre-order here.
How are you going to pay for it? : Smart answers to the dumbest question in politics, by Ryan Cooper (January 25)
Most progressives have at one time or another encountered the “catch” question which serves as the title of this first book of The weeknational correspondent, Ryan Cooper. Helping debaters at the table, Cooper offers a characteristic counterargument to free market talking points, such as the claim that expensive welfare programs cannot work in the United States. “Questions like ‘How are you going to pay for this?’ are rooted in a very old way of thinking that sees the economy as something beyond human control, ”he wrote in the introduction, but“ the real deep truth is this: the whole economy is the result of human choices and actions, especially through the state. The week won’t want to miss it. Pre-order here.
Other books to read in January:
Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, by Danielle Friedman (January 4); In Paradise, by Hanya Yanagihara (January 11), You don’t know us, niggas and other trials, by Zora Neale Hurston (January 18); Violet, by Isabel Allende (January 25); Devil’s House, by John Darnielle (January 25)
Jacob’s books, by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (February 1)
Like many Americans, I only discovered Polish author Olga Tokarczuk after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2018. But Drive your plow over the bones of the dead and especially, Flights became my go-to recommendations after discovering them the following year. This explains why I am excitedly beside myself about the impending release of his “magnum opus” in English after seven years of reported translation. Over 1,100 pages, Jacob’s books “Tells the story of Jacob Frank, a controversial Polish Jewish religious leader and mystic who founded the Frankist sect in the 18th century” The Guardian writing. Of course, sign me up right away. Pre-order here.
The Chao family, by Lan Samantha Chang (February 1)
Author Lan Samantha Chang transplants Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Karamazov brothers from 19th-century Russia to present-day Wisconsin, where Chinese patriarch and restorer Leo Chao is found dead. His three sons – Dagou, the chef and elder; Ming, the Manhattanite and the middle child; and Karamazov’s gentle counterpart of Alexei, the youngest James, all have reason to want their father dead. Editors Weekly calls the novel “timely, incisive and completely entertaining”. Pre-order here.
Moon Witch, Spider King, by Marlon James (February 15)
The second novel in the Dark Star trilogy by Marlon James – describes himself as “an African Game of thrones“- recounts the events of the first volume from the point of view of Sogolon, the 177-year-old Moon Witch and 2019 antagonist Black leopard, red wolf. “The second part of this trilogy is darker and, in many ways, more moving than its predecessor,” writes Kirkus Reviews in its star rating. Because of Rashomon– narrative and importance of conflicting perspectives, the Dark Star trilogy does not need to be read in a linear fashion; that is, you can start with Moon Witch, Spider King without having read the first volume. Indeed, you should even. Pre-order here.
Other books to read in February:
Very cold people, by Sarah Manguso (February 8); Foreverland: On the divine boredom of marriage, by Heather Havrilesky (February 8); Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure of Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age, by Dennis Duncan (February 15); Woman running in the mountains, by Yūko Tsushima, translated by Geraldine Harcourt (February 22); Parisian apartment, by Lucy Foley
Bless the girl lifted up by a voice in her head, by Warsan Shire (March 1)
To say that Warsan Shire’s first complete poetry collection is “highly anticipated” is an understatement. The British Somali writer and poet of Kenyan descent is one of Beyoncé’s favorites, and her writing “evokes the desire to be home, a place to feel at home, and is often nostalgic for memories not the ones. his own, but those of his parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, people who forged his idea of his ancestral homeland through their own stories “, The New Yorker writing. You might already be familiar with one of her multiple viral poems, you might be one of her nearly 80,000 followers on Twitter, or you might meet her for the first time – whatever, think about Bless the girl essential reading. Pre-order here.
In the margin: on the pleasures of reading and writing, by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (March 15)
There are few things nicer than reading a master talk about their craft, and it doesn’t sound like Elena Ferrante – the Italian author behind My brilliant friend and The lying life of adults – disappoints. In the margins brings together four of his essays that offer insight into Ferrante’s approach to writing, from his description of his elementary school forays into narrative to his influences today. Temptingly, Editors Weekly writes “the author’s legions of fans will be delighted” with this version. Pre-order here.
Portrait of an unknown lady, by Maria Gainza, translated by Thomas Bunstead (March 22)
If you haven’t read the Argentinian author María Gainza Optic nerve yet, fix that now – and then you’ll understand why I’m so excited to have his next book translated into English, Portrait of an unknown lady. The new book is said to be a detective story about the art world, set in Buenos Aires, in which an anonymous protagonist working for an authenticator begins to pursue a forger named Renée, who specializes in copying portraits of Austrian painter Mariette Lydis. Gainza herself is an art critic, and the fact that she is returning to the art world for this novel is an incredibly promising sign. Pre-order here.
Other books to read in March:
Case 19, by Claire-Louise Bennett (March 1); Glory, by NoViolet Bulawayo (March 8); Ocean state, by Stewart O’Nan (March 8); Ancestor problem, by Maud Newton (March 29); What a strange season, by Megan Mayhew Bergman (March 29)
This list will be continuously updated throughout 2022.