Best Books of the Month | Library Journal's September 2022 Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our September 2022 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance and more.








Griffin, Laura. Vanishing Hour. Berkley.

Horowitz, Anthony. The Twist of a Knife. Harper.

Morris, Wanda M. Anywhere You Run. Morrow.

Rosen, Lev AC. Lavender House. Forge. 

St. James, Dorothy. A Book Club To Die For. Berkley. 

Thompson, Victoria. City of Fortune. Berkley. 


Fawcett, Heather. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries. Del Rey: Ballantine. 

Marske, Freya. A Restless Truth.

Maxwell, Everina. Ocean’s Echo. Tor. 

Polk, C. L. Even Though I Knew the End.


Dade, Olivia. Ship Wrecked. Avon. 

Hall, Alexis. Paris Daillencourt Is About To Crumble. Forever: Grand Central. 

Harper, Lana. Back in a Spell. Berkley. 

Herrera, Adriana. On the Hustle. Carina. 

Payne, Nikki. Pride and Protest. Berkley. 

Ryan, Kennedy. Before I Let Go. Forever: Grand Central. 

Tanamachi, Cara. The Second You’re Single. St. Martin’s Griffin. 


Braverman, Blair. Small Game. Ecco: HarperCollins.

Johnson, Jane. The White Hare. S. & S. 

Lee Geum-yi. The Picture Bride. Forge. 

Meno, Joe. Book of Extraordinary Tragedies. Akashic. 


Wurth, Erika T. White Horse. Flatiron. 


Green, Amy Lynn. The Blackout Book Club. Bethany House.


Basinger, Jeanine & Sam Wasson. Hollywood: The Oral History. Harper. 

Bennett, Joshua. The Study of Human Life. Penguin Books. 

Berger, Howard & Marshall Julius. Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic. Welbeck.

Bullivant, Stephen. Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America. Oxford Univ. 

Ebersol, Dick. From Saturday Night to Sunday Night: My Forty Years of Laughter, Tears, and Touchdowns in TV. S. & S. 

Harjo, Joy. Catching the Light. Yale Univ. 

Healy, Eloise Klein. A Brilliant Loss. Red Hen. 

James, Omotara. Song of My Softening. Alice James.

O’Brien, Jack. Jack in the Box; Or, How To Goddamn Direct. Farrar. 

Rogoff, Natasha Lance. Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Wenner, Jann S. Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir. Little, Brown. 


Betke-Brunswick, Will. A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings. Tin House. 

Bissinger, Buzz. The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II. Harper: HarperCollins. 

Delmont, Matthew F. Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad. Viking. 

Greenberg, Andy. Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency. Doubleday. 

Hickman, Katie. Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West. Spiegel & Grau. 

Hunter-Gault, Charlayne. My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives. Harper: HarperCollins.

Keenan, Cody. Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. 

Kirtzman, Andrew. Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor. S. & S. 

MacGregor, Iain. The Lighthouse of Stalingrad: The Hidden Truth at the Heart of the Greatest Battle of World War II. Scribner. 

Myers, David G. How Do We Know Ourselves? Curiosities and Marvels of the Human MindFarrar.

Parkin, Simon. The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, a Poet, an Heiress, and a Spy in a World War II British Internment Camp. Scribner. 

Sayer, Derek. Postcards from Absurdistan: Prague at the End of History. Princeton Univ. 

Scott, James M. Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb. Norton. 

Shakur, Prince. When They Tell You To Be Good. Tin House. 

Shermer, Michael. Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational. Johns Hopkins Univ. 

Spencer, Kyle. Raising Them Right: The Untold Story of America’s Ultraconservative Youth Movement and Its Plot for Power. Ecco. 

Valsania, Maurizio. First Among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity. Johns Hopkins Univ. 

Vest, Jennifer Lisa. The Ethical Psychic: A Beginner’s Guide to Healing with Integrity, Avoiding Unethical Encounters, and Using Your Gifts for Good. North Atlantic. 


Challoner, Jack. Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible. MIT. 

Che, Hannah. The Vegan Chinese Kitchen: Recipes and Modern Stories from a Thousand-Year-Old Tradition. Clarkson Potter. 

Hussain, Nadiya. Nadiya’s Everyday Baking: From Weeknight Dinners to Celebration Cakes, Let Your Oven Do the Work. Clarkson Potter. 

Perelman, Deb. Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files. Knopf.

Yeh, Molly. Home Is Where the Eggs Are. Morrow Cookbooks. 


Feinberg, Melanie. Everyday Adventures with Unruly Data. MIT. 

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