New York Times Book Review Reveals Top 10 Books of 2022 | Book Pulse

The New York Times Book Review revealed their top 10 books of the year in a virtual event for subscribers. More best-of-the-year lists arrive. Comedian Rob Delaney’s new memoir, A Heart That Works, gets reviewed and buzz. SFWA Names Robin McKinley the 39th Damon Knight Grand Master. Colm Tóibín will be awarded the Bodley Medal in 2023. Ulrika O’Brien wins 2022 Rotsler Award. Bob Dylan’s autopen flap causes a stir. NYT features Tanya Holland’s California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey West. Plus, Merriam-Webster chooses its 2022 word of the year.

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Awards, News & Best of the Year Lists

Editors at The New York Times Book Review revealed their top 10 books of the year in a virtual event for subscribers. The list will be published later. 

BookPage delivers the Top 10 Books of 2022

NYPL released its Best Books of 2022 list.

OprahDaily shares “Our Favorite Books of the Year.”

The Star Tribune shares 56 great books to give and receive for 2022

SFWA Names Robin McKinley the 39th Damon Knight Grand MasterTor reports. 

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín will be awarded the Bodley Medal in 2023, and will give the 2023 Bodley Lecture during the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.

Ulrika O’Brien wins 2022 Rotsler Award. Locus has details. 

Essence highlights the award ceremony for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winners.

For commentary on the Bob Dylan autopen flap, see coverage in LA Times, USA Today, and Vulture. Plus, The Guardian considers: “do authors use autopen?”


NYT reviews Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf): “Reading Stella Maris after The Passenger is like trying to hang onto a dream you’ve been having. It’s an uncanny, unsettling dream, tuned into the static of the universe.”

The Washington Post reviews A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney (Spiegel & Grau): “The result is a book that sings with life: not just Henry’s abbreviated one but the lives of the people who loved him, who love him, who will continue to love him until, as Delaney writes, they ‘walk through a door he had walked through’.” And, Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival by Luke Harding (Vintage): “For all that Harding is inspired — as his readers probably will be, too — by the stories of Ukrainian resistance he tells, he never loses sight of the sickening tragedy that makes the sacrifices necessary.” Also, The Great Air Race: Glory, Tragedy, and the Dawn of American Aviation by John Lancaster (Liveright): “Given the banal experience of commercial air travel today, reviving the wonder and terror of early human flight is no small feat, but the realities of early aviation provide Lancaster more than enough material.”

LA Times reviews My Darkest Prayer by S. A. Cosby (Flatiron): “Cosby has in three books emerged as one of the genre’s best living practitioners, testing the ways racism, misogyny and homophobia have distorted men’s views of themselves and asking how they can be made whole.”

The Guardian reviews Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius by Nick Hornby (Riverhead): “Their creative force operated at a relentless, virtually industrial pace; Hornby’s tribute to their self-destructive genius is ardent but more than a little fearful.”

Seattle Times reviews The Future Is Analog: How to Create a More Human World by David Sax (Public Affairs): “The freshest exploration in The Future Is Analog is of the role of the office in human society, an ongoing puzzle that urban planners, government tax authorities and corporate managers are straining mightily to solve.”

Datebook reviews Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood by Jessica Grose (Mariner: Houghton Harcourt): “The picture the book paints of American motherhood stands in stark contrast to the gauzy, Instagram world of parenting bliss, which Grose argues is also making us miserable.”

Briefly Noted

NYT features Chef Tanya Holland and her new book, Tanya Holland’s California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey West (Ten Speed: Crown; LJ starred review). 

USA Today talks with Rob Delaney about writing his latest memoir, A Heart That Works (Spiegel & Grau), after the death of his son Henry. 

LA Times talks with Robin Coste Lewis about her new poetry collection, To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness (Knopf).

Shondaland chats with poet Mary-Alice Daniel about her new memoir, A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents (Ecco), and “fallacies and power of borders.”

Publishers Lunch reports that Astra Publishing House is shutting down its literary journal, Astra Magazine after just two issues. 

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen, One Jump at a Time: My Story (Harper), tells People he will finish school at Yale before thinking about the 2026 Olympic Games.

The New Yorker reflects on “The Year in Rereading.”

Lithub shares 8 new books for the week.

BookRiot highlights new releases.

The Millions has notable new releases for the week

The Atlantic has 7 books to make you smarter.

CrimeReads recommends November’s best debuts

ElectricLit provides 7 genre-defying books by women of color.

Lithub shares a personalized booklist from n+1’s November bookmatch service.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Morning Edition talks with comedian Rob Delaney about his latest memoir, A Heart That Works (Spiegel & Grau). 

PBS Canvas examines the significance of Merriam-Webster’s 2022 word of the year.  

Misty Copeland discusses her new bookThe Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson, written with Susan Fales-Hill (Grand Central), on Q with guest host Talia Schlanger. 

A live-action series adaptation of the Hugo Pratt Corto Maltese graphic novel series is in the worksDeadline reports. 

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