Solmaz Sharif’s ‘Customs: Poems’; Dorothy Roberts’s ‘Torn Apart’; and 54 Other Stunning Titles | Starred Reviews, Mar. 2022

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


Evison, Jonathan. Small World. Books on Tape.

Gottlieb, Robert. Garbo. Books on Tape.

Hurston, Zora Neale. You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays. HarperAudio.

Hurwitz, Gregg. Dark Horse. Macmillan Audio.

Kukafka, Danya. Notes on an Execution. HarperAudio.

Mann, Peter. The Torqued Man. HarperAudio.

Mohamed, Nadifa. The Fortune Men. Books on Tape.

Prose, Nita. The Maid. Books on Tape.


Allen, Samantha Jayne. Pay Dirt Road. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Armstrong, Kelley. A Rip Through Time. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Coben, Harlan. The Match. Grand Central.

Finlay, Alex. The Night Shift. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Garrett, Kellye. Like a Sister. Mulholland.

Johnson, Wayne. The Red Canoe. Agora.

Sandford, John. The Investigator. Putnam.


Addison, Katherine. The Grief of Stones. Tor.

Black, Holly. Book of Night. Tor.

Edwards, K.D. The Hourglass Throne. PYR.

Huchu, T.L. Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. Tor.

Thompson, Tade. The Legacy of Molly Southbourne. Tor.


Caña, Natalie. A Proposal They Can’t Refuse. Harlequin.

Henry, Emily. Book Lovers. Berkley.


Bieker, Chelsea. Heartbroke. Catapult.

Handke, Peter. The Fruit Thief: Or, One-Way Journey into the Interior. Farrar.

Mandanipour, Shahriar. Seasons of Purgatory. Bellevue Literary.

Mantel, Hilary. Learning To Talk: Stories. Holt.

Quinn, Kate. The Diamond Eye. Morrow.

Shipstead, Maggie. You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories. Knopf.


Bentley, Toni. Serenade: A Balanchine Story. Pantheon.

Ferrara, Silvia. The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts. Farrar.

Kennedy, Kostya. True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson. St. Martin’s.

Moss, Marissa R. Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed To Be. Holt.

Quindlen, Anna. Write for Your Life. Random.

Sharif, Solmaz. Customs: Poems. Graywolf.

Spigel, Lynn. TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life. Duke Univ.

Troupe, Quincy. Duende: Poems, 1966–Now. Seven Stories.

Vuong, Ocean. Time Is a Mother. Penguin Pr.


Aldrich, Edward Farley. The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won World War II. Stackpole.

Alexander, Elizabeth. The Trayvon Generation. Grand Central.

Guyatt, Nicholas. The Hated Cage: An American Tragedy in Britain’s Most Terrifying Prison. Basic: Perseus.

Jefferson, Margo. Constructing a Nervous System. Pantheon.

Lim, Louisa. Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong. Riverhead.

Linden, Eugene. Fire and Flood: A People’s History of Climate Change, from 1979 to the Present. Penguin Pr.

McShane Wulfhart, Nell. The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet. Doubleday.

Mufleh, Luma. Learning America: One Woman’s Fight for Educational Justice for Refugee Children. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt.

O’Brien, Keith. Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe. Pantheon.

Price, Devon. Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity. Harmony: Crown.

Roberts, Dorothy. Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World. Basic: Perseus.

Roem, Danica. Burn the Page: A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change. Viking.

Sancton, Tom. The Last Baron: The Paris Kidnapping That Brought Down an Empire. Dutton.

Scott-Clark, Cathy & Adrian Levy. The Forever Prisoner: The Full and Searing Account of the CIA’s Most Controversial Covert Program. Grove.


Black, Riley. The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World. St. Martin’s.

Warraich, Haider. The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain. Basic: Perseus.


Michelson, Melissa R. & Brian F. Harrison. LGBTQ Life in America: Examining the Facts. ABC-CLIO.

Moldvaer, Anette. The Coffee Book. DK.

O’Shea, Mark. Lizards of the World. Princeton Univ.

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