Best Books of the Month | October 2022 Starred Reviews

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








Barrett, Ruby. The Romance Recipe. Harlequin Audio. 

Lovell, Posy. The Kew Gardens Girls at War. Books on Tape. 

Mandanna, Sangu. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches. Books on Tape. 

Rodale, Maya. The Mad Girls of New York. Books on Tape. 

Talty, Morgan. Night of the Living Rez. Recorded Books. 

Van Rensburg, Laure. Nobody But Us. Hachette Audio. 


McKinlay, Jenn. The Plot and the Pendulum. Berkley. 

Shames, Terry. Murder at the Jubilee Rally. Severn House. 

Unger, Lisa. Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six. Park Row: Harlequin. 

Yamashita, Iris. City Under One Roof. Berkley. 


Czerneda, Julie E. To Each This World. DAW. 

Jemisin, N. K. The World We Make. Orbit. 

McGuire, Seanan. Lost in the Moment and Found. 

Newitz, Annalee. The Terraformers. Tor. 

Tan, Sue Lynn. Heart of the Sun Warrior. Harper Voyager. 


Janz, Jonathan. The Dismembered. Cemetery Dance. 

Khaw, Cassandra. Breakable Things. Undertow. 

LaRocca, Eric. They Were Here Before Us. Bad Hand. 


Clayborn, Kate. Georgie, All Along. Kensington. 

Everett, Elizabeth. A Love by Design. Berkley. 

Kung Jessen, Lauren. Lunar Love. Forever: Grand Central. 


Chen, Kevin. Ghost Town. Europa. 

Frumkin, Rafael. Confidence. S. & S.

Harris, Anstey. When I First Held You. Lake Union. 

Malhotra, Aanchal. The Book of Everlasting Things. Flatiron. 

Pamuk, Orhan. Nights of Plague. Knopf. 

Shevelev, Mikhail. Not Russian. Europa. 


Dykes, Amanda. All the Lost Places. Bethany House.


Culbard, I. N. J. Salamandre. Berger: Dark Horse.

Ito, Junji. Black Paradox. Viz Media. 

Jackson, Jay. Bungleton Green and the Mystic Commandos. New York Review Comics. 

King, Tom (text) & Elsa Charretier & Matt Hollingsworth (illus.). Love Everlasting, Vol. 1. Image Comics. 

Sensenbrenner, Lee & Keiler Roberts. Creepy. Drawn & Quarterly. 


Chajes, J. H. The Kabbalistic Tree. Penn State Univ. 

Chopra, Joyce. Lady Director: Adventures in Hollywood, Television and Beyond. City Lights. 

Grant, Kevin. Roots of Film Noir: Precursors from the Silent Era to the 1940s. McFarland. 

Homans, Jennifer. Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century. Random. 

Murakami, Haruki. Novelist as a Vocation. Knopf.

Newman, Paul. The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir. Knopf. 

Shatner, William & Joshua Brandon. Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder. Atria. 

Smith, R. J. Chuck Berry: An American Life. Hachette. 

Thompson, Nathaniel. FrightFest Guide to Vampire Movies. FAB. 

Vargas Llosa, Mario. The Call of the Tribe. Farrar. 


Bush, Cori. The Forerunner: A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America. Knopf. 

Citron, Danielle Keats. The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age. Norton. 

Clark, Lloyd. The Commanders: The Leadership Journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel. Atlantic Monthly. 

Foss, Nikolai J. & Peter G. Klein. Why Managers Matter. PublicAffairs: Perseus. 

Geanacopoulos, Daphne Palmer. The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd. Hanover Square.

Kemper, Steve. Our Man in Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. 

National Museum of the American Indian & Rebecca Trautmann. National Native American Veterans Memorial: A Souvenir Book. Smithsonian. 

The Pandemic Divide: How COVID Increased Inequality in America. Duke Univ. 

Tetro, Tony & Giampiero Ambrosi. Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger. Hachette. 


Brooke-Hitching, Edward. The Devil’s Atlas: An Explorer’s Guide to Heavens, Hells and Afterworlds. Chronicle. 

Hillhouse, Grady. Engineering in Plain Sight. No Starch Pr. 

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