Welcome to 2022! Now that you’ve made it through the holidays, it’s time to spend the next few months in a blanket and reading books. I highly recommend any of these 10 books to start the new year. The books are listed by release date and all quotes are from the Kirkus reviews.
The Zen of Therapy: Discovering a Hidden Kindness in Life by Mark Epstein (Penguin Press, Jan. 11): “Empathetic and persuasive – one of the better books on psychotherapy and meditation in recent years.”
Manifesto: About never giving up by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove, Jan 18): “The award-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other generously shares her path to success in this non-fiction debut… She exposes the nuts and bolts of her writing process; opposes sexism, racism and ageism; and imparts her hard-won wisdom boldly and with refreshing nuance.
How We Can Win: Race, History and Chasing the Money Game That’s Rigged by Kimberly Jones (Henry Holt, Jan. 18): “A prominent black activist and YA author delivers a scathing, resounding study of the many ways tax equality is denied to non-white people in [America]…. Jones demands better and provides a wise, measured view of America’s economic and social landscape.”
The Nineties: A Book by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin Press, Feb. 8): “The whole story – from technology and the rise of the Internet to key trends in music, TV and film; indelible moments in sports; and important political moments – Klosterman goes to great lengths to ensure references are addressed in relation to their historical context rather than through the misty and often imprecise lens of memory… A fascinating examination of a period most remembered still remember, refreshingly free from unnecessary myth-making. †
There are no accidents: the deadly increase in injuries and disasters: who benefits and who pays the price by Jessie Singer (Simon and Schuster, Feb. 8): “The number of deaths attributed to accidents in the US is staggering – and, except for profit, mostly avoidable… An eye-catching, urgent book that ends demands inequality as a matter of life and death.”
Watergate: a new history by Garrett M. Graff (Avid Reader Press, Feb. 15): “The text is a lively, compelling, compulsively readable, expansive, topical account of the whole tangled affair, and it’s hard to imagine it could be told any better. … Now the best and most complete account of the Watergate crisis, one that is unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon.”
Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski by Ian O’Connor (Mariner Books, Feb. 22): “A complete look at NCAA men’s basketball’s all-time winning coach on the eve of his retirement…A sharp-shooting account worthy of a champion.”
What it took to win: a history of the Democratic Party by Michael Kazin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 1): “Like Heather Cox Richardson’s analogous history of the Republican Party, set men freeKazin applies rigorous scrutiny and appropriate critique to an institution that, as far back as the 1840s, was unparalleled in its electoral and institutional innovations and acceptance of popular politics… This should be today’s book on the subject.”
The Invisible Kingdom: A New Look at Chronic Disease by Meghan O’Rourke (Riverhead, March 1): “Tormented for years by worsening symptoms, the author spent most of her 30s coping with — and trying to understand — a chronic illness. … Emotionally compelling and intellectually rich, especially for those with a personal connection to the cause.”
The Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand by John Markoff (Penguin Press, March 22): “Tech journalist Markoff, who has covered Silicon Valley since 1977, delivers an admiring portrait of the ‘quixotic intellectual troubadour’ Stewart Brand… A solid, readable study of a man that considerable press devoted to him – but who can still surprise.’
Eric Liebetrau is the non-fiction and editor-in-chief†