DECEMBER BROUGHT BOOK LOVERS’ LISTS OF THE YEAR’S BEST.
Turn the calendar and January brings listings for 2022.
Upcoming, most anticipated books to watch – the titles are different, but the message is the same: many new books are scheduled to be released in the coming months, and happy reading ahead!
Here are a few titles that look particularly promising.
“Sea of Tranquility”
by Emily St. John Mandel publication date: April 15
For those who loved “The Glass Hotel” and “Station Eleven,” a post-pandemic novel about the power of the arts in an apocalyptic era, Emily St. John Mandel is releasing her latest. “Sea of Tranquility.” The novel weaves two stories together: an 18-year-old exile in 1912 and an author living on a lunar colony doing a book tour on Earth. Its publisher describes it as a book about “art, time, love and the plague”.
“Left the tenth: a second chance in life”
by Delia Ephron publication date: April 12
Best-selling novelist and “You’ve Got Mail” screenwriter, Delia Ephron writes about life after losing her sister, Nora, and her husband, Jerry, to cancer. An old flame from 54 years ago contacts her, and the two fall madly in love. And then Delia is diagnosed with leukemia. “Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life” is a memoir about the ups and downs of life and its unpredictable path.
by Benjamin Percy publication date: June 7
“The Sky Vault” is the third book in Benjamin Percy’s Comet Cycle, a series of books that can be read in any order. “The Ninth Metal”, the first in the series, was released in the summer of 2021; the second, “The Unfamiliar Garden”, was released this month. Publishers Weekly called “The Ninth Metal” “hugely entertaining and highly original”.
The books all take place following Earth’s orbit through a comet’s debris field when a new material called omnimetal falls on the planet and life is changed forever. These highly addictive books are being turned into a series of movies or cables; the author is working on his driver, but no details are available yet.
“On the margins: on the pleasures of reading and writing”
by Elena Ferrante publication date: March 15
Elena Ferrante, the best-selling author of novels such as “My Brilliant Friend” and “The Lost Daughter,” has written a nonfiction book about reading, books, language, and literature. Ferrante, who is a pseudonym, is one of the most popular Italian writers.
This forthcoming book is about his writing process; some may skim through it to try and determine his true identity while fans will be grateful to know more about their favorite author.
“The Candy House”
by Jennifer Egan publication date: April 5
Jennifer Egan’s book, “A Visit From the Goon Squad” won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011. Now, more than a decade later, she revisits some of the same characters in “The Candy House”. In this “sister novel” of interlocking stories, Egan uses a similar structure of varying narrative style, including one chapter consisting of letters and another consisting of Tweets.
“From the South to America: A journey under the Mason-Dixon to understand the soul of a nation”
by Imani Perry publication date: January 25
Imani Perry, a professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, returns to her hometown in Alabama for a first-hand study of the many souths it contains, saying that to understand America, we must understand the south: its people, its history, its development. Described as a mixture of memoirs, travelogues and history.
“Buster Keaton: The Life of a Filmmaker”
by James Curtis publication date: February 15
James Curtis, who wrote the biographies of actors Spencer Tracy and WC Fields, tells the life story of Buster Keaton, the man behind the deadpan stare and outrageous stunts. Publishers Weekly gave this biography a star-studded review.
“Home/Earth: memory of departure and return”
by Rebecca Mead publication date: February 8
New Yorker editor Rebecca Mead lived in New York for 30 years before moving back to her native London in 2018. How was it to return to your homeland after so many decades when you and him changed ? How is your return going? What readjustments do you need to make?
“Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004-2021”
by Margaret Atwood publication date: March 1
Margaret Atwood is a living Canadian treasure and much loved in the United States as well, especially by those who know her as the author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘The Testaments’. His latest book contains essays and articles on the pandemic, our former president, climate change and zombies. In over 50 plays, she answers questions such as: why do people everywhere, in all cultures, tell stories and how much of yourself can you give away without evaporating?
“I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir”
by Harvey Fierstein publication date: March 1
Four-time Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein examines his life, which includes the gay rights movement of the 70s and 80s and the New York theater scene. In “I Was Better Last Night,” Fierstein recounts his journey from community theater to Broadway to Hollywood. According to his editor, he says many of his closest friends haven’t heard these stories of strife and struggle, sex and romance. The man who gave the world “Torch Song Trilogy” and “La Cage aux Folles”, among others, now tells us his personal story.
“All the Secrets of the World”
by Steve Almond publication date: April 19
After writing essays and miscellaneous non-fiction and co-hosting the “Dear Sugars” podcast with Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, the highly irreverent eye-poker and engraver of sacred cows, is releasing his first novel. His publisher describes it as “‘Little Fires Everywhere’ meets ‘Breaking Bad.’
” To find me “
by Viola Davis publication date: April 25
Viola Davis, Oscar and Emmy Award winner, star of ‘How to Get Away With Murder’, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and ‘Fences’, tells the story of her life, from when she was grew up in poverty, one of six children, in Rhode Island, on her discovery of acting, to the strong, talented and remarkable woman she is today. In a statement, Ms Davis said: “…our stories and the courage to share them are the most empathetic tool we have. That’s my story…straight, no hunter. ¦