Julie Otsuka’s ‘The Swimmers’; June Manning Thomas’s ‘Struggling To Learn’; and 58 Other Outstanding Titles | Starred Reviews, Feb. 2022

Essential titles reviewed in our February 2022 print issue, spanning audio, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, graphic novels, social sciences, reference, and more.


Osman, Richard. The Man Who Died Twice. Books on Tape.

Patchett, Ann. These Precious Days. HarperAudio.


Blaedel, Sara. A Harmless Lie. Dutton.

Bohjalian, Chris. The Lioness. Doubleday.

Candlish, Louise. The Heights. Atria.

Huang, Christopher. Unnatural Ends. Inkshares.

St. James, Simone. The Book of Cold Cases. Berkley.


Broaddus, Maurice. Sweep of Stars. Tor. 

Lyons, Jenn. The Discord of Gods. Tor. 

May, Francesca. Wild and Wicked Things. Redhook: Orbit. 

Neuvel, Sylvain. Until the Last of Me. Tordotcom. 

Sagara, Michelle. Sword and Shadow. MIRA Bks. 

Wong, Khan. The Circus Infinite. Angry Robot.


Kniivila, Irma & Tri Vuong. Everyday Hero Machine Boy. Image Comics. 

Walden, Tillie. Clementine, Book 1. Image Comics.


Blake, Ashley Herring. Delilah Green Doesn’t Care. Berkley. 

Herrera, Adriana. A Caribbean Heiress in Paris. HQN: Harlequin.


Allende, Isabel. Violeta. Ballantine. 

Aquino, Xavier Navarro. Velorio. HarperVia.

Brown, Taylor. Wingwalkers. St. Martin’s.

Kohda, Claire. Woman, Eating. Harper. 

MacLaverty, Bernard. Blank Pages. Norton. 

Macneal, Elizabeth. Circus of Wonders. Atria/Emily Bestler Bks.

Otsuka, Julie. The Swimmers. Knopf.

Smith, Jennifer E. The Unsinkable Greta James. Ballantine. 

Stuart, Douglas. Youngo Mungo. Atlantic Monthly. 

Wilkerson, Charmaine. Black Cake. Ballantine. 

Zambra, Alejandro. Chilean Poet. Viking.

Zgheib, Yara. No Land To Light On. Atria.


Dick, Kay. They. McNally Editions. 

Hansen, Joseph. Fadeout. Soho Syndicate. 

Kaplan, Johanna. Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary. Ecco.


Aquin, Stéphane & others. Nicolas Party. Phaidon. 

Butler, Isaac. The Method. Bloomsbury. 

Gura, Judith. Artisan Design. Thames & Hudson. 

Phillips, Julie. The Baby on the Fire Escape. Norton. 

Salazar, C.T. Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking. Acre. 

Tran, Paul. All the Flowers Kneeling. Penguin Pr.


Carney, Scott & Jason Miklian. The Vortex. Ecco. 

Cheung, Karen. The Impossible City. Random. 

Cohen, Deborah. Last Call at the Hotel Imperial. Random

Ephron, Delia. Left on Tenth. Little, Brown.

Fisher, Thomas. The Emergency. One World. 

Gadsby, Hannah. Ten Steps to Nanette. Ballantine. 

Goodridge, Michelle & Matthew Rohweder. Librarian’s Guide to Games and Gamers. Libraries Unlimited. 

Green, Dominic. The Religious Revolution. Farrar. 

Kirchick, James. Secret City. Holt. 

Krogh, Egil “Bud” & Matthew Krogh. The White House Plumbers. St. Martin’s. 

Krouse, Erika. Tell Me Everything. Flatiron.

Lowenstein, Roger. Ways and Means. Penguin Pr.

Lowery, Jack. It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. 

Thomas, June Manning. Struggling To Learn. Univ. of South Carolina. 


O’Rourke, Meghan. The Invisible Kingdom. Riverhead. 

Post, Stephen G., with Jade C. Angelica. Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People. Johns Hopkins. 

Halliday, Thomas. Otherlands. Random.

López-Alt, J. Kenji. The Wok. Norton.

Molinaro, Joanne Lee. The Korean Vegan Cookbook. Avery.


The Black History Book. DK. 

Lovich, Jeffrey E. & Whit Gibbons. Turtles of the World. Princeton Univ. 

Minetor, Randi. Debating Your Plate. Greenwood.

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