Emily Henry’s ‘Book Lovers’ Tops LibraryReads 2022 Favorites | Book Pulse

Year-end booklists arrive, including the top 10 favorites of 2022 from LibraryReads. Reese Witherspoon picks The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell for her book club. GMA picks The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton. The Read with Jenna pick is Donna Tartt’s The Secret HistoryChip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller wins the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. The Harper Collins strike continues. Interviews with Louise Penny, Sabrina Imbler, Evette Dionne, and Jane Smiley arrive.  

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Year-End Booklists & December Book Clubs

LibraryReads releases the top ten favorites of 2022, including top pick Book Lovers by Emily Henry (Berkley; LJ starred review). 

The Guardian picks the best books of the year.

BookRiot releases its best books of 2022

NYT lists the best poetry and best crime novels of 2022

LitHub shares 38 favorite books from 2022

BuzzFeed has 25 books to love from 2022. 

Chicago Tribune releases its top 10 books of the year

Reese Witherspoon picks The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf), for her book club. 

GMA picks The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Grand Central; LJ starred review).

The Read with Jenna Pick is The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Vintage). 

Awards & Book News

Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller (Scribner), wins the 2022 Financial Times Business Book of the Year AwardPublishing Perspectives reports

Elliot Page’s forthcoming memoir, Pageboy (Flatiron), will be published June 6. GMA reports. People also has coverage.

The Harper Collins strike continuesPublishers Lunch reports. 

Debut author Chelsea Banning receives support from famous authors on Twitter after a dissapointing book event. NPR has the story. 


NYT reviews Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood by Jessica Grose (Mariner: Houghton Harcourt): “Her book is equal parts memoir, journalism, cultural criticism and manifesto, and it would make an excellent holiday gift for a loved one who is considering having a child and really shouldn’t.” And, Of Ice and Men: How We've Used Cold to Transform Humanity by Fred Hogge (Pegasus): “In the end, Hogge covers what he wants to and he generally does it well, as the book winds its way anecdotally through key developments of ice and man.” Also, A Left-Handed Woman: Essays by Judith Thurman (FSG): “her appetitive eye for visual charisma in all its forms yields sumptuous descriptions of clothes, art, faces. She can also be deliciously droll.” And, Pests : How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire (Ecco): “examines our relationship with, and our responsibility to, the animals that live around us, nibbling our leftovers and burrowing into our gardens.” Also, American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC by Shahan Mufti (Farrar): "Mufti ably assembles all the pieces and deftly covers the relevant history, but he leans only partway into the epic, messy sprawl before him." Plus, A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carré, edited by Tim Cornwell (Viking): "A Private Spy is — how to put this gently? — not a good book of letters. If le Carré had close friendships, they’re not on display here. His tone throughout is bluff but guarded and ambassadorial. Nearly everyone is kept at arm’s length. He has an epistolary gift for writing much but saying little."

The Washington Post reviews How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler (Little, Brown): "I found both solace and hope in Imbler’s ability to portray a world so foreign it’s barely legible to humans, and to bring forth the myriad ways of being that we might draw on to imagine our way forward through the depths." And, Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the Century by Roseanne Montillo (Atria): "It goes without saying that Deliberate Cruelty is awash in salacious material, but Montillo handles it with narrative skill — and deliberate fairness."

Autostraddle reviews Men I Trust by Tommi Parrish (Norton): “Parrish’s human beings have small heads and large bodies, faces that reveal little and then so much. The distance their style creates reveals itself to be an invitation. When characters feel distant, sharing their distance is the best way to get close.”  

Datebook reviews The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1: 1969 – 73 by Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair (Dey Street Books): “if you just so happen to be looking for an exhaustive survey of the singer’s post-Beatles career (both solo and with his band Wings), you’ve come to the right place.”

Briefly Noted

The Guardian talks with Louise Penny, A World of Curiosities (Minotaur; LJ starred review), about the Prime adaptation of her books, Inspector Gamache, and writing with Hilary Clinton. Penny also talks with CBC about “5 books that inspired her to write the Armand Gamache mystery series.”

Sabrina Imbler discusses their new essay collection, How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures (Little, Brown), with Shondaland.

NPR’s Goats & Soda talks with Belgian-British economist Stefan Dercon, Gambling on Development: Why Some Countries Win and Others Lose (Hurst), about “why some countries have prospered while others have failed.”

Evette Dionne discusses “the cultural barriers that get in the way of fat acceptance,” in her new book, Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul (Ecco), with Essence

LitHub picks 17 books for the week

BookRiot shares new books for the week

Tor previews December’s fantasy books

Gizmodo highlights 6 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for the month

Shondaland offers the best books of December

LAMBDA Literary has “December’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature.”

ElectricLit lists “8 Schemers and Opportunists in Literature.”

Tor shares an excerpt from Annalee Newitz’s forthcoming book, The Terraformers (Tor Books; LJ starred review), due out January 31. 

FoxNewsDigital reports on the new book, The Truth about Wuhan: How I Uncovered the Biggest Lie in History by Andrew G. Huff (Skyhorse). 

Esquire goes “Inside the Game-Changing Trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover.”

Authors on Air

Jane Smiley, A Dangerous Business (Knopf), is a guest on B&N’s Poured Over podcast. 

Audiofile’sBehind the Mic podcast talks with Robin Miles about her narration of Zora Neale Hurston’s You Don’t Know Us Negroes (Harper Audio), and about the 2022 Best History and Biography Audiobooks. 

LitHub has "The Literary Film and TV You Need to Stream in December."

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