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There is nothing better than reading a new book while the fall leaves are dwindling in the chilly air. We are yet another victim to the cardigan and sweatshirt fever, making fall a favorite season of the year. So as the year is coming to a close, it is only right to better myself with the knowledge of the world. Here’s a line up the most anticipated nonfiction books coming this 2022 fall season, full of memoirs and stories of families and history. Cuddle up with a blanket, a hot coffee or tea, and these amazing books!
Koshersoul by Michael W. Twitty (August 9, 2022)
Michael W. Twitty explores the union of two of the most distinctive culinary cultures: those of the African Atlantic and the global Jewish diaspora. He dives into the concept of not who makes the food, but how the food makes the people. African-Jewish cooking offers insight into the various backgrounds behind unique recipes and the creators of them. Twitty explains that Jews of Color are not outliers, but important and notable cultural creators in Black and Jewish communities.
Year of the Tiger by Alice Wong (September 6, 2022)
In this memoir, Alice Wong, the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, shares what it means to be an Asian American disabled activist. Alice is resolute in her commitment to dismantling systemic ableism and gives her thoughts on various topics including access, the pandemic, mortality, and the future. This witty, joyful and angry memoir is a collection of essays, conversations, photos, and commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, among other forms of media.
A Visible Man: A Memoir by Edward Enninful (September 6, 2022)
Edward Enninful is a change-maker and the first Black editor-in-chief of British Vogue who has always been a champion of inclusion. In his memoir, he takes readers into one of the most exclusive industries and shares how as a Black, gay, working-class refugee, fashion gave him a home and the freedom to express how he saw the world. With grace and heart, he shares his story and how he changed the industry and the way we perceive and understand beauty.
Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora (September 6, 2022)
When Javier Zamora was nine years old, he migrated from El Salvador to the United States, expecting a short two-week trip that would lead him to a mother that left four years prior, and a father he hardly remembers. In his memoir, he details every step of his journey: The treacherous boat rides, the brutal desert, the pointed guns, and the arrests and deceptions. Those two weeks turned into two life-changing months for him and his fellow migrants, who became an unexpected family.
You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know by Philip Gourevitch (September 12, 2022)
Philip Gourevitch’s award-winning bestseller We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families shed light on the 1994 genocide of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, where nearly a million people were murdered by their neighbors in one hundred days. In this book, Gourevitch shows how killers and survivors are living together in the same communities twenty-five years later, struggling with denial and confession and vengefulness and forgiveness. The stories come from the same families over multiple instances throughout the past decades, and account the way their past has rippled into their present.
Hysterical: A Memoir by Elissa Bassist (September 13, 2022)
Elissa Bassist describes the feeling that all women know all too well: less is more when it comes to speaking up. If you say too much, you’re dramatic or just playing the victim. So Bassist repressed her voice and her rage, never wanting to speak and sound “too emotional.” And then she was faced with a medical mystery that no doctor or scientist could explain, until an acupuncturist suggested that some physical pain could be her bottled-up anger expressing itself. Elissa Bassist’s memoir explores a voice lost and found, and new ways of thinking about a woman’s voice and its power.
Sinkhole: The Legacy of a Suicide by Juliet Patterson (September 13, 2022)
Juliet Patterson was recovering from a serious car accident when she found out her father had died by suicide. Both of Juliet’s grandfathers had taken their own lives as well, and she was determined to figure out why so many men in her family felt this way. As Patterson finds old belongings, images, and evidence, she starts to fill in the blanks about her grandfathers’ final days. The personal, familial, political, and environmental histories she pieces together lead her to an important but heartbreaking truth.
Dinners with Ruth by Nina Totenberg (September 13, 2022)
Nina Totenberg is a celebrated NPR correspondent who spoke to Ruth Bader Ginsburg twenty-two years before her appointment to the Supreme Court. Nina wanted to hear more about Ruth’s legal brief which called for a law that discriminated “on the basis of sex” to be deemed unconstitutional. From this phone call stemmed an incredible, nearly fifty-year friendship. Now, Nina celebrates the power of this friendship and the stories between the two women that paved the way for future generations.
Crybaby by Cheryl E. Klein (September 20, 2022)
Cheryl Klein describes herself as a crybaby. She is a diligent planner who works hard to achieve her goals and ensure that everything goes smoothly. But when her and her partner’s plans for a baby are crushed first by infertility, then miscarriage, and then a breast cancer diagnosis, Cheryl is thrown into the world of open adoption where she lacks control but finds adventure. This vulnerable and humorous memoir shows a perfectionist and hypochondriac forced to make adjustments in her life for things that weren’t planned.
Stay True by Hua Hsu (September 27, 2022)
In his memoir, Hua Hsu talks about Ken, a Japanese American whose family has been in the United States for generations. Ken is mainstream and Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, has little in common with him. But eventually, a friendship forms until Ken is senselessly killed in a carjacking, not even three years after the two first met. Hua started writing down memories so he would never lose his closest friend. The result is this book which tackles friendship, grief, and searching the world for meaning and belonging.
Token Black Girl by Danielle Prescod (October 1, 2022)
Growing up Black in an elite and majority white community, Danielle Prescod felt like her identity was erased. The whitewashed media she and her classmates consumed didn’t help. In elementary school, Danielle started damaging hair treatments and denied herself food during puberty. She pursued a career in beauty and fashion, an industry known for perpetuating a racist and sexist beauty standard. She was an asset as the “Token Black Girl,” and she brushed off the many microaggressions that came her way. Tired of repressing her emotions and her true self, Danielle speaks about the effects of white supremacy in the media, healing from a messed-up idea of perfection, and celebrating identity in this witty and honest memoir.
Making a Scene by Constance Wu (October 4, 2022)
Constance Wu grew up being told “good girls don’t make scenes.” She spent her childhood suppressing her emotional nature, but found an escape in community theater, where big and loud feelings were encouraged. Now, Constance shares vulnerable and relatable essays about her childhood, experiences with love and heartbreak, sexual assault and harassment, and “making it” in Hollywood after landing Fresh Off the Boat and Crazy Rich Asians. She offers a closer look at being Asian American in the entertainment industry and how her identity and influence in the public eye is constantly changing.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry (November 1, 2022)
In his honest and self-aware memoir, Matthew Perry goes behind the scenes of his time on Friends and opens up about his struggles with addiction. Perry details the love he lost, the days where he hit rock bottom, and the greatest friends. He discusses his battle with the disease and what led to, it despite seemingly having it all. Told him with his trademark humor, this moving book is what fans have been waiting for.
Requiem for the Massacre by RJ Young (November 1, 2022)
Over one hundred years ago, Tulsa, Oklahoma committed the most infamous act of racial violence in American history. The true story in which the city perpetrated a massacre against its Black residents was covered up and buried by the higher ups. RJ Young combines memoir and journalism to shed light on the truth and explore how Tulsa combats its racist history, all while still being too tolerant of racial injustice.
The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan (November 1, 2022)
Full of essays that analyze songs by other artists, Bob Dylan offers his insight into the nature of popular music. He goes into detail about how the smallest changes can largely alter a song, and he even makes connections between bluegrass and heavy metal. The essays are mysterious, moving, profound and humorous. And while they are seemingly focused only on music, they are truly reflections and contemplations on the human condition.
My Pinup by Hilton Als (November 1, 2022)
In this two-part memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hilton Als explores the intricacies of love, loss, desire and race. He talks about Prince and Dorothy Parker, the queer nightclub scene, the AIDS crisis, and his yearning for true love with a brilliant, electric, exhilarating and unique voice.
The World Deserves My Children by Natasha Leggero (November 15, 2022)
In this candid, insightful and hilarious collection of essays, comedian Natasha Leggero comments on motherhood in our current world. When Natasha got pregnant at forty-two after an exhausting IVF process, she was thrilled. But then came the doubt and the questions of: Am I doing this right? Should I be doing this if the world is about to end? Natasha tackles themes of “geriatric” motherhood, being a parent in the midst of environmental fear, love, discipline and more, ultimately determining that motherhood is indeed worth it, and the world deserves her children.
Have I Told You This Already by Lauren Graham (November 15, 2022)
Lauren Graham shares personal stories and essays about her career in entertainment, ranging from her earliest days on the scene to her first late-night TV appearance, and the struggle of aging gracefully in a place like Hollywood. She offers sage advice to readers with her signature humor and wit throughout these incredible stories.
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