Sequoia Nagamatsu’s ‘How High We Go in the Dark’; Erin L. Thompson’s 'Smashing Statues’; and 50 Other Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, Jan. 2022

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








Morris, Wanda M. All Her Little Secrets. HarperAudio. 

Okorafor, Nnedi. Noor. Tantor.

Reid, Rachel. Role Model. Harlequin Audio. 

Towles, Amor. The Lincoln Highway. Books on Tape. 


Graves, Stephanie. A Valiant Deceit. Kensington.

Hill, Edwin. The Secrets We Share. Kensington.

Manansala, Mia P. Homicide and Halo-Halo. Berkley.

Miley, Mary. Spirits and Smoke. Severn House. 

Raybourn, Deanna. An Impossible Impostor. Berkley. 

Winslow, Don. City on Fire. Morrow. 


Kingfisher, T. Nettle & Bone. Tor.

Lam, Laura & Elizabeth May. Seven Mercies. DAW.

Larkwood, A.K. The Thousand Eyes. Tor.


Felker-Martin, Gretchen. Manhunt. Tor Nightfire.

Katsu, Alma. The Fervor. Putnam.

Madden, Hope. Roost. Off Limits.


Matthews, Mimi. The Siren of Sussex. Berkley.


Egan, Jennifer. The Candy House. Scribner. 

Keenan, David. Xstabeth. Europa.

Nagamatsu, Sequoia. How High We Go in the Dark. Morrow.

Shocklee, Michelle. Count the Night by Stars. Tyndale House.


Arthur Riley, Cole. This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us. Convergent. 

Febos, Melissa. Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Catapult. 

Fierstein, Harvey. I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir. Knopf. 

Golenbock, Peter. Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball’s Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Hagelin, Sarah & Gillian Silverman. The New Female Antihero: The Disruptive Women of Twenty-First-Century US Television. Univ. of Chicago.

Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us. Algonquin. 

Shields, Charles J. Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun. Holt.

Stevens, Dana. Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century. Atria.

Talbot, Daniel. In Love with Movies: From New Yorker Films to Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. Columbia Univ.


Aikins, Matthieu. The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees. Harper. 

Cohen, Richard. Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past. S. & S.

Duncan, Dennis. Index, a History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age. Norton. 

Foo, Stephanie. What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. Ballantine. 

Hellinger, Magda & Maya Lee. The Nazis Knew My Name: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Courage in Auschwitz. Atria. 

Hyland, Veronique. Dress Code: Unlocking Fashion from the New Look to Millennial Pink. Harper Perennial. 

Jähner, Harald. Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945–1955. Knopf. p. 74

Klosterman, Chuck. The Nineties: A Book. Penguin Pr. 

O’Toole, Fintan. We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland. Liveright. 

Rooks, A.E. The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade. Scribner. 

Sieghart, Mary Ann. The Authority Gap: Why Women Are Still Taken Less Seriously Than Men, and What We Can Do About It. Norton. 

Stuart, Nancy Rubin. Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father. Beacon. 

Thomas, Etan. Police Brutality and White Supremacy: The Fight Against American Traditions. Edge of Sports.

Thompson, Erin L. Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments. Norton. 

Thompson, Neal. The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt.

Tsu, Jing. Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern. Riverhead. 

Yang, Jeff & others. Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. 


Day, Cheryl. Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking. Artisan.

Peskin, Sara Manning. A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain. Norton.

Raff, Jennifer. Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas. Twelve. 


Lawson, Russell M. Science in the Ancient World: From Antiquity Through the Middle Ages. ABC-CLIO. 

Sartore, Joel. National Georgraphic Photo Ark Wonders: Celebrating Diversity in the Animal Kingdom. National Geographic. 

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