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Theophrastus’ Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior

Although not a first-tier purchase, this refreshing audio provides an excellent entry to Theophrastus’s work and would be a welcome addition to most nonfiction audio collections.

My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings

This somewhat uneven but scrumptious essay collection will please foodies and non-foodies alike.

The Wife of Willesden

A triumph of dramatic creativity, this slim volume is a total delight. Highly recommended.

Black and Female: Essays

Dangarembga’s collection is an essential addition to academic collections on race and gender. The moments where she shares her crisis over selfhood as a child and how that search for identity carried over into adulthood are some of the most powerful parts of the book.

Zelda Popkin: The Life and Times of an American Jewish Woman Writer

Popkin paints a discerning portrait of a complex matriarch, while adding nuance to the Jewish American experience in the 20th century. Recommended.

Joan Didion: What She Means

This exhibition catalogue is a mix of art and literature that will be of interest to humanities lovers. If one really wants to know a writer, read their work. If one wants to see how artists perceive a writer and how an exhibition can be used to express a life, read this book.

Jane Austen’s Little Book of Wisdom: Words on Love, Life, Society, and Literature

Overall this is a valuable resource for any Austen lover to use for quick reference or to read through. Libraries whose works by the author circulate well or whose patrons enjoy titles like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You will find this a welcome addition to their collection.

Patricia Highsmith’s Diaries and Notebooks: The New York Years, 1941–1950

Readers will get an intimate look at LGBTQ life in the 1940s. A great read for aspiring writers, devotees of LGBTQ history, and those who enjoy reading about an artist’s evolution.

The Man Born To Be King: Wade Annotated Edition

Readers interested in Sayers’s religious writings or in general religious literature will find this book to be informative and useful.

(Don’t) Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before: and Other Essays on Writing Fiction

Academic libraries that support creative writing programs and those looking for new perspectives and resources on fiction writing and analysis will appreciate this volume.

But Have You Read the Book?: 52 Literary Gems That Inspired Our Favorite Films

This well-researched book with its 10-page bibliography and addictive compendium will likely inspire movie buffs and literature mavens alike to take her advice.

Chekhov Becomes Chekhov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius

Blaisdell’s incredibly researched work is a treasure trove of insight and information for scholars and fans of Russian literature. For generations to come, it will be a staple for Chekhov studies. Highly recommended for academic libraries and Russian literature collections.

The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.

Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly

Will be of interest to bibliophiles, teachers, and those looking for reading suggestions beyond the traditional recommended reading resources.

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

This exceptional resource will be useful for students and researchers wishing to know more about the remarkable works of Asian American artists and writers over the past 150 years. A recommended purchase for large public libraries and all academic collections.

The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem

Highly recommended for readers interested in the details behind the creation of this literary landmark and the times in which it was composed.

Remainders of the Day: A Bookshop Diary

This is a charming look at a small-town bookstore, its owner, and the people he meets.

The Funny Stuff: The Official P. J. O’Rourke Quotationary and Riffapedia

Meant to be thumbed through rather than pored over, this title is recommended for all O’Rourke fans and anyone looking for something fun and clever. Even readers who don’t ascribe to O’Rourke’s libertarian politics will find passages to tickle their funny bone.

Fearless Vulgarity: Jacqueline Susann’s Queer Comedy and Camp Authorship

Young patrons and baby boomers alike will likely enjoy this true story of a larger-than-life gay icon and her influence on pop culture, making it a great addition to all nonfiction collections.

The Best American Food Writing 2022

Everyone who eats will find some entertainment here, but it’s a must-read for readers of food writing who will not want to miss any of the insights found in these selections.

My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings

Recommended for lovers of food and essays.

The Best American Essays 2022

A great resource for high-school and college-age writers and anyone looking for a compelling read that lingers in the mind.

Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Redefined Love, Freedom, and Self-Expression in 1920s England

Bloomsbury Group devotees and readers of LGTBQ+ history will likely relish Strachey’s unique perspective.

Reckoning: Writing into Existence

This is a fierce and empathetic look at the world and its many struggles.

Jan Morris: Life from Both Sides

Recommended not just for fans of Morris but any general reader looking for an insightful biography of a pioneer who is transgender, a literary great, and who synergistically brought grace and beauty to her times.

Reading the World | Key Works of Translated Fiction for Fall


Totally Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Music Press

Gorman’s at times–exhaustive narrative of popular culture contextualizes evolving music reportage and commentary about trends in the arts.

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life

Fans of Hazzard will greatly appreciate this well-researched biography of her life through the places she lived.

Inciting Joy: Essays

Gay is a treasure, and his latest offering will delight his fans as well as those new to his work.

Novelist as a Vocation

Although this is a concrete and practical guide, as Murakami intended, it is also a fascinating personal and professional memoir.

Craft and Conscience: How To Write About Social Issues

This guide for the socially conscious writer will be helpful for those writing about marginalized communities. It’s also a solid collection of American perspectives on social-sciences writing.

The Call of the Tribe

Neither book will replace the author’s landmark novels, but they enrich our appreciation for this great writer. Written in approachable style, they should appeal to all serious book lovers, not just academics.


Conversation at Princeton

Neither book will replace the author’s landmark novels, but they enrich our appreciation for this great writer. Written in approachable style, they should appeal to all serious book lovers, not just academics.


Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences

Best suited to libraries with strong horror collections.

Afternoons with Harper Lee

Recommended for readers interested in a close-up view of the person the author calls “America’s best loved writer of the world’s most famous novel.”

Rip Van Winkle’s Republic: Washington Irving in History and Memory

Though from an academic press, this is an accessible and engaging book that should appeal to both Irving experts and neophytes.

Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition

This title will resonate strongly with readers who enjoyed Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s Women Who Run with the Wolves, a work Tamblyn mentions a number of times. With a variety of perspectives, this collection validates women striving to hear and trust themselves.

Orwell and Empire

Readers seeking a different perspective on Orwell will appreciate this study. Kerr links Orwell’s writings to current discussions of Britain’s imperial past and matters of race, justice, and identity.

Great Novels: The World’s Most Remarkable Fiction Explored and Explained

A worthwhile purchase for public library, high school, community college, and undergraduate collections.

Magill’s Literary Annual, 2022

Public and academic staff and patrons can benefit greatly from this quality annual.

Catching the Light

This highly recommended book is a comforting island for writers who enjoy reading about how authors succeed.

A Left-Handed Woman: Essays

Because of the breadth of their topics, Thurman’s well-written culture essays in this collection will appeal to many readers, particularly those interested in fashion. Highly recommended.

Norman Mailer at 100: Conversations, Correlations, Confrontations

Mailer’s work may still be a litmus test for 20th-century culture, but the episodic nature of these essays means the book will interest mostly readers already committed to reading about him.

Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian

In order to really follow Jovin’s grammar examples, one must download an accompanying PDF, but casual listeners can skip it and still enjoy the ride, thanks to the audiobook’s careful narration in which punctuation and words are spelled out when necessary.

Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

This exquisitely narrated audiobook is a balm and a delight. Share with listeners seeking to better understand Morrison and her works as well as the difficulties encountered by Black women seeking to establish themselves as authors and artists.

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker

Highly recommended. This audio treat for fans of Walker and her contemporaries is an essential purchase for libraries wishing to honor the achievements of Black authors, creators, and activists.

Too Much of Life: The Complete Crônicas

An excellent collection for readers who enjoy commentaries and observations from a wise, entertaining, realistic writer. Good choice for readers who enjoy essays by Anne Lamott and Ann Patchett.

A Concise Dictionary of Comics

This reference is useful and recommended for most libraries so that they can support the growing interest in comic books within many user groups.


Listeners will laugh until their sides ache.

A Woman’s Battles and Transformations

Moving and beautiful. The book falls between genres, so it may be slow to be picked up but is worth highlighting.

Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic

These pages share poems of hope, narratives of loss, anger, fear, loneliness, togetherness, death, and most potently, life, all to paint a portrait of Black resilience and reclamation resonant to all.

The Literary Mafia: Jews, Publishing, and Postwar American Literature

Essential for readers interested in the history of 20th-century U.S. literature.

Not All Supermen: Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, and the Complex History of Superheroes

Well-researched and written, this title is a must-have for any library to give some new insights on superheroes as well as their true origin stories.

Arab and Muslim Science Fiction: Critical Essays

Readers should not expect academic rigor; instead they’ll find wide-ranging specialized material on the disparate emerging field of multilingual sf from the Arab and Islamic worlds.

The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators

A delight to read, including the footnotes. Essential for all serious devotees of crime and detective fiction.

Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman

Worsley’s thoughtful and generous contribution to the Christie biographical canon will be welcomed and enjoyed by Agatha Christie fans.

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021

This book will start conversations. Highly recommended for Atwood followers and writing students; it’s a gift of good works.

Raising Demons

Top-notch. It creates a new experience for re-readers and an engaging first-time listen for all others.

Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them

Listeners will be disappointed if they are looking for straight humor; recommended for fans of memoirs.

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021

Atwood’s fans will certainly want to listen to this. She has such a singular voice that she leaves audiences wanting to hear more of her. Recommended for all public libraries, especially those where essays and short stories are popular.

Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times

Most listeners will be inspired by this testament to the healing power of reading and writing.

How To Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question

Those looking for a humorous jaunt may be disappointed by the heft of Schur’s subject. For anyone looking to learn more about philosophy, this is an excellent place to start.

Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison

This sometimes raunchy but always insightful memoir will have wide appeal. Recommend for those who will appreciate Genis’s darkly humorous take on this timely topic.

The Cancer Journals

Lorde’s poignant and startlingly relevant work is recommended for all collections, particularly where interest in poetry, activism, and feminism is strong.

Body Language: Writers on Identity, Physicality, and Making Space for Ourselves

Many readers will be able to identify with at least one of the essays in this wide-ranging collection. Recommended for public libraries and readers who are looking for body positivity resources.

How To Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment

Cleary brings a modern and neglected voice in applied ethics to a level that readers have recently seen with Aristotle and the Stoics.

Conversations with the Father: A Memoir About Richard Matheson, My Dad and God

An enjoyable and creative snapshot of an uneasy relationship between father and son.

Storytelling Around the World: Folktales, Narrative Rituals, and Oral Traditions

Fascinating for general readers and students interested in storytelling, cross-cultural history, communication skills, anthropology, sociology, or world history.


The Book of Explanations

Recommended for fans of creative fiction and memoirs.

Growing Up Chicago

With stories from Ana Castillo, Rebecca Makkai, James McManus, Nnedi Okorafor, George Saunders, and many others, this collection will please both longtime and new Chicagoans.

I Used To Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys

A deeply researched and insightful exploration of one of the 20th century’s lesser known authors.

Ghost of the Hardy Boys: The Writer Behind the World’s Most Famous Boy Detectives

Written with the same fluid, energetic, and humorous style that brought life to the sleuthing Hardy siblings, this is an enjoyable memoir from a writer who loved his job.

The Great Book of King Arthur: And His Knights of the Round Table

Valuable to those interested in literary history or medieval history, as well as for those who just want to read a great, age-old tale.


This is Sedaris at his best, provocative and hysterical. Readers will feel like laughing even when it may feel inappropriate, much like the Sedaris family at their father’s actual deathbed. Recommended for all public libraries.

The Dragon Daughter and Other Lin Lan Fairy Tales

An exciting look at oral traditions of rural China. Lovers of folktales and fairytales will enjoy this book and Zhang’s conversational prose.

The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings

Recommended for general collections, but probably has more appeal for older readers.


Recommended for academic libraries.


An unconventional memoir that speaks to the power of elusiveness. Recommended.

Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

Verdelle’s stunningly precise and poetic language is a joy to savor. Morrison fans will delight in revisiting her works through Verdelle’s eyes and meeting the enigmatic writer in an intimate way.

The Love That Dares: Letters of LGBTQ+ Love & Friendship Through History

This illuminating and important collection of hidden LGBTQ+ histories is also a joy to read.

Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph

Fans of Helen Vendler’s Coming of Age as a Poet will appreciate this acute study of Keats’s democratic verse.

Living and Dying with Marcel Proust

This book will prompt many to reread Proust. For readers interested in 20th-century French literature and individuals with Proustian affinities.

Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

Readers needn’t like John Oliver or cyberpunk to enjoy Puschak’s essays; they merely have to be receptive to refreshing, original, and unpretentious written words and, maybe most importantly, have an appreciation for escapism and public benches. As readers and humans, we can surely all lean into that.

Translating Myself and Others

Though the topic of translation studies might have a limited non-academic readership, Lahiri writes so beautifully that this collection will have broad appeal for anyone interested in literary essays.

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

This excellent collection of essays will appeal to many readers especially individuals interested in African American history, literature, and culture.

In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

These brilliant essays not only provide insights into other great writers and their work but into Ferrante’s own work as well, and will be appreciated by her many followers as well as scholars and general readers.

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

The essays and their subject matter are made all the more impactful by the truly moving experience of listening to Miles’s interpretation of Hurston’s words.

Write for Your Life

Highly recommended for those looking for a means of coming to terms with their lives and the world around them.

The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts

In the tradition of the best popular science writing, Ferrara expresses complex ideas in language understandable and appealing to the educated layperson.

The Turning Point: 1851—A Year That Changed Charles Dickens and the World

This expansive blend of literary and historical research allows readers a close encounter with Dickens’s writing desk. A must-read for Dickens fans.

These Precious Days

Patchett’s latest comes to life as an audiobook and is a perfect listen for those looking for heartwarming and down-to-earth meditations on life, love, and happiness.

Women Talk Money: Breaking the Taboo

An eye-opening book with great insights drawn from individual experiences of money, with stories of success and less-than-success. These essays can start conversations going among women who wish to deal openly and honestly with money and finances. Highly recommended.

The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem

These constructions are far from new, yet Phillips’s powerfully researched, thoughtful, sensitive examinations will be of interest to literary scholars as well as to general readers grappling with their own oscillating creative and pragmatic selves.

The Unwritten Book

Without an overarching narrative to hold the many fragments of this work together, it can be challenging to stay invested in the book, despite Hunt’s beautiful writing. But anyone seeking an exceptionally unusual, thought-provoking reading experience will find it here.

Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us

This highly recommended collection of letters would appeal to many types of readers, including individuals interested in creative writing, the epistolary form, or travel literature.

Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

This biography substantiates Hansberry’s accomplishments, despite her short life. Recommended for all Hansberry enthusiasts and 20th-century literary scholars.

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

Wide-ranging in its theoretical and historical breadth yet intimate in all ways, Febos’s book offers the tools readers need to identify, access, process, and articulate hard-won stories of trauma and of love that their flesh holds.

Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have To Offer

Basted in Cinnabon icing and coated in glittery lip gloss, King’s book explores the joy of low culture. It would be a great addition for libraries looking to expand their memoir collections and appeal to millennial audiences.

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Orwell’s Roses

Readers of Orwell will find, or rediscover, much material here that will expand their perception of the man. This is a worthy addition to the ever-growing corpus of Orwell studies.

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