Classic Return of Harry Crews’s ‘A Childhood’; Roger Reeves’s ‘Best Barbarian’; and 47 Other Fantastic Titles | Starred Reviews, May 2022

Starred titles reviewed in our May 2022 print issue, spanning audio, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, parenting, reference, and more.


Brooks, Mel. All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business. Penguin Random House Audio.

Fierstein, Harvey. I Was Better Last Night. Penguin Random House Audio.


Booth, Claire. Dangerous Consequences. Severn House.

Doetsch, Richard. The 13th Hour: Chaos. Permuted: S. & S.

Gentill, Sulari. The Woman in the Library. Poisoned Pen.

Jónasson, Ragnar. Outside. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Shepherd, Scott. Should I Fall. Mysterious: Penzler.

Thorogood, Robert. The Marlow Murder Club. Poisoned Pen.


Abdullah, Chelsea. The Stardust Thief. Orbit.

Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Assassins of Thasalon. Subterranean.

Miro, J.M. Ordinary Monsters. Flatiron.

Swirsky, Rachel. January Fifteenth.


Score, Lucy. Maggie Moves On. Forever.

Shupe, Joanna. The Bride Goes Rogue. Avon.


Byrd, Sandra. Heirlooms. Tyndale House.  

Chiaverini, Jennifer. Switchboard Soldiers. Morrow.

Donaldson, David Santos. Greenland. Amistad: HarperCollins.

Momplaisir, Francesca. The Garden of Broken Things. Knopf.

Mottley, Leila. Nightcrawling. Knopf.

Van Pelt, Shelby. Remarkably Bright Creatures. Ecco: HarperCollins.

Wenzel, Olivia. 1,000 Coils of Fear. Catapult.


Crews, Harry. A Childhood: The Biography of a Place. Penguin Classics.


Britt, Ryan. Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World. Plume.

Johnson, Claude. The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball’s Forgotten Era. Abrams.

Moser, Patrick. Surf and Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture. Univ. of Illinois.

Reeves, Roger. Best Barbarian: Poems. Norton.

Verdelle, A.J. Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison. Amistad.

The Women Who Changed Architecture. Princeton Architectural.


Almojera, Anthony. Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt.

Bilton, Chrysta. Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings. Little, Brown.

Browder, Bill. Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath. S. & S.

Burke, Kelsy. The Pornography Wars: The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Obscene Obsession. Bloomsbury.

Daley, Tom. Coming Up for Air. Hanover Square.

Dennis Jr., David J. & David J. Dennis Sr. The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. Harper: HarperCollins.

Forbes, Lisa. I Can Take It from Here: A Memoir of Trauma, Prison, and Self-Empowerment. Truth to Power.

Hewitt, Seán. All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir. Penguin Pr.

Liu, Simu. We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story. Morrow.

Robbins, Jeremy. Incomparable Realms: Spain During the Golden Age, 1500–1700. Reaktion.

Seabrook, Nick. One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America. Pantheon.


Conaboy, Chelsea. Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood. Macmillan.

Hawthorne, Britt & Natasha Yglesias. Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide. S. & S.

Meyers, Stephanie. End the Mealtime Meltdown: Using the Table Talk Method To Free Your Family from Daily Struggles over Food and Picky Eating. New Harbinger.


Gaydos, Ellyn. Pig Years. Knopf.

Gedney, Jack (text) & Anna Kus Park (illus.). The Private Lives of Public Birds: Learning To Listen to the Birds Where We Live. Heyday.

Prat, Chantel. The Neuroscience of You: How Every Brain Is Different and How To Understand Yours. Dutton.

Randall, David K. The Monster’s Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How It Shook Our World. Norton.

Smith, Michael & Jonathan Franklin. Cabin Fever: The Harrowing Journey of a Cruise Ship at the Dawn of a Pandemic. Doubleday.

Sumner, Seirian. Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps. Harper: HarperCollins.


Merriman, Scott. Same-Sex Marriage: Exploring the Issues. ABC-CLIO.

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