Recommended Books for Adults 2022

This year, a group of EPL staff members read a large number of 2022 adult titles. Here are the ones we recommend most:


Horse — Geraldine Brooks
School for Good Mothers — Jessamine Chan*
Disorientation — Elaine Hsieh Chou
Kiss Her Once for Me — Alison Cochrun
Boys Come First — Aaron Foley
Lessons in Chemistry — Bonnie Garmus
A More Perfect Union — Tammye Huf
Love & Other Disasters — Anita Kelly
What Moves the Dead — T. Kingfisher
Demon Copperhead — Barbara Kingsolver
The Damage Done — Michael Landweber
Bliss Montage — Ling Ma*
Lapvona — Ottessa Moshfegh
Life Ceremony: Stories — Sayaka Murata
My Government Means to Kill Me — Rasheed Newson
The Swimmers — Julie Otsuka
Mad Honey — Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Boylan
Last Summer on State Street — Toya Wolfe
No Land to Light On — Yara Zgheib

Science Fiction:

The Grief of Stones — Katherine Addison
Prayer for the Crown Shy (Monk & Robot #2) — Becky Chambers
The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories — edited by Regina Kanyu Wang and Yu Chen
Servant Mage — Kate Eliot
Spear — Nicola Griffith
Nettle & Bone — T. Kingfisher
Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) — Seanan McGuire
Hunt the Stars — Jessie Mihalik
Nona the Ninth (Locked Tomb #3) — Tamsyn Muir
How High We Go In The Dark — Sequoia Nagamatsu
Goliath — Tochi Onyebuchi
High Times in Low Parliament — Kelly Robson
These Prisoning Hills — Christopher Rowe
Daughter of the Moon Goddess — Sue Lynn Tan


Inciting Joys: Essays — Ross Gay
Tell Me Everything — Erika Krouse
Fat Girls Hiking — Summer Michaud-Skog
Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction — Michelle Nijhuis
The Last Slave Ship — Ben Raines
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? — Séamas O’Reilly
People Change — Vivek Shraya
How the Word is Passed — Clint Smith


The Secret of Bow Lane — Jennifer Ashley
A Perilous Perspective — Anna Lee Huber
Killers of a Certain Age — Deanna Raybourn

Graphic Novels:

Ducks — Kate Beaton
Policing the City: An Ethnographic — Didier Fassin and Frédéric Debomy
The Third Person — Emma Grove
The Liminal Zone — Junji Ito
My Brain is Different: Stories of ADHD and Other Developmental Disorders — Monzusu


Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American — Wajahat Ali
In Love — Amy Bloom
Ten Steps to Nanette — Hannah Gadsby
I’m Glad My Mom Died — Jennette McCurdy
Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir — Erika L. Sánchez*
All of This: A Memoir of Love and Desire — Rebecca Woolf

*Chicago Authors


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