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15 new books to help you accomplish your 2022 reading goals.

Katie Yee

January 4, 2022, 9:48am

You’ve probably seen a lot of people on the Internet going on about their reading accomplishments of the past year and their goals for the next one. Maybe you want to explore new genres. Maybe you want to read more books by BIPOC writers. Maybe you’re trying to read a hundred books for some reason. In any case, we’ve got your back. Happy New Year, and happy reading!


Jean Chen Ho, Fiona and Jane

Jean Chen Ho, Fiona and Jane

“The stories move through intimate, cinematic scenes … The world Ho creates between the two women feels like one friend reading the other’s story, wishing she were there.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Xochitl Gonzalez, Olga Dies Dreaming

Xochitl Gonzalez, Olga Dies Dreaming

“In her ambitious debut novel, Gonzalez explores such weighty topics as coercion, rape, gentrification, and the colonial exploitation so harshly exposed in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Shining throughout, however, is the redeeming quality of love in all its iterations.”

Jessamine Chan, The School for Good Mothers

Jessamine Chan, The School for Good Mothers
(Simon & Schuster)

“An enthralling dystopian drama that makes complex points about parenting with depth and feeling.”

Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague, The Steal
(Atlantic Monthly)

“Their book performs a vital service, demonstrating just how well our tattered democracy managed to function despite vicious partisanship and all the new challenges created by the pandemic.”
–The Guardian

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Benjamin Percy, The Unfamiliar Garden

“Percy’s masterful second Comet Cycle genre-bender combines a missing-person case, romantic reconciliation, and a riveting sci-fi what-if imagining of a sentient fungi, spawned by debris from a passing comet, that symbiotically absorbs flora and fauna.”
–Publishers Weekly

Biblioepsy_Gina Apostol

Gina Apostol, Biblioepsy
(Soho Press)

“Apostol’s language is a constant delight, frank and full of felicitous turns of phrase and abundant humor. Layered and fully realized, it’s deserving of several readings.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Mark Prins, The Latinist
(W. W. Norton)

“Prins’s riveting tale of love, power, and possession matches deep characterization with an intriguing plot involving ancient texts, necropolises, and archaeological sites. Fans of academic thrillers will dig this.”
–Publishers Weekly

Brown Girls

Daphne Palasi Andreades, Brown Girls
(Random House)

“Andreades’s writing has economy and freshness. Brown Girls reads as much like poetry as it does like a novel.”
–The New York Times

Yara Zgheib, No Land to Light On

“A graceful tale of imperiled lovers.”

George V

Jane Ridley, George V

“An engrossing history of an eventful reign.”

Hawa Allan, The Insurrection
(W. W. Norton)

“Eloquently mixing history, autobiography, and philosophy, this powerful account sheds new light on the Black experience in America.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Danielle Friedman, Let’s Get Physical
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“Journalist Friedman takes a jaunt through the history of women’s fitness in her astute and entertaining debut.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Gavin McCrea, The Sisters Mao

“McCrea writes insightfully about mother-daughter dynamics, the power of theater, and women’s roles in revolutionary movements.”
–Publishers Weekly


Xavier Navarro Aquino, Velorio

“This lyrical and emotionally raw story will leave readers reflecting on the pain and promise of memory.”
–Publishers Weekly

the high house

Jessie Greengrass, The High House

“Throughout, their gradual reckoning with their existence and the fate of the planet is made heartbreaking through Greengrass’s stunning prose. Painful and beautiful, this is not to be missed.”
–Publishers Weekly

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