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The Best Books of the Year

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This was a great year for books, but it’s interesting to see just how little overlap

I was looking for overall best of lists, not genre lists, and I was also looking for

After that, I tallied every book mentioned on all ten to see which showed up on multiple

Here are the best of the best books of 2022, according to all the lists

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Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Amazon, The New York Times, The Washington Post)

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell (The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Vulture)

An Immense World by Ed Yong (Booksellers, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly)

Those are all of the books mentioned on multiple lists, but if you’re interested in every

The initialisms used are B&N: Barnes & Noble, NYT: the New York Times, PW: Publishers

All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd (PW)

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews (Buzzfeed, Vulture)

Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson (Buzzfeed, WP)

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton (Buzzfeed, PW)

Easy Beauty: A Memoir by Chloé Cooper Jones (Buzzfeed, Vulture)

Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor by Kim Kelly (Buzzfeed)

Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage (Atlantic, PW, WP)

Green Lantern: Alliance by Minh Lê and Andie Tong (Book Riot)

The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz (Book Riot)

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke (Book Riot, PW)

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu (Book Riot)

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama (B&N)

Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukherjee (B&

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari (

Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv (NYT, Vulture)

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (Booksellers)

Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans by Mason Hereford with JJ Goode (Booksellers)

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen (Book Riot)

Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind by Robert Draper (WP)

We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland by Fintan O’Toole (Atlantic, NYT)

The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On by Franny Choi (Vulture)

You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (Buzzfeed)