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New year, new books! With 2022 coming in hot, there’s a brand-new batch of books arriving to join in the fun. If you’re looking to add some interesting books to your collection, this list will not disappoint. Whether you like memoirs or true stories, these non-fiction finds are the ultimate page-turners.
Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman (January 4, 2022)
Although it’s perfectly acceptable for women to work out in today’s world, it wasn’t that long ago that it was frowned upon. There was a time when it was considered unladylike for a female to sweat or appear stronger than a man. As humankind has progressed, luckily so have the social norms when it comes to exercising. In this book, Danielle Friedman takes us for a walk down memory lane, revisiting the inception of step aerobics along with the variety of fitness crazes that have crossed our paths. From empowerment to inclusivity, this book is a great motivator to kick off the new year.
A Little Closer to Home by Ginger Zee (January 11, 2022)
Depression and mental health can be tough things to tackle, but Ginger Zee recognizes the importance of normalizing the discussion. As a self-proclaimed people pleaser, it was challenging for her to peel back the layers and figure out what she needed to find her bliss, instead of focusing on everyone else’s happiness. Through her storytelling of struggles and hope, she takes the reader on a journey of self-love. It wasn’t until she allowed herself to be vulnerable that she started healing. She hopes that she can help others do the same.
Enough Already by Valerie Bertinelli (January 18, 2022)
Beyond Valerie Bertinelli being a celebrity, her story paints the picture of an extremely relatable woman going through normal mid-life trials and tribulations. As a female in her fifties, she started to face new challenges, including taking care of her ailing mother. Despite a successful career and critically acclaimed cookbook, she still felt self-conscious if she gained weight or started showing signs of aging. It wasn’t until she lost her mother and found an old recipe box that she said, “enough!” This is a story about self-acceptance and embracing the journey, no matter what part of the path you’re on.
Heiresses by Laura Thompson (February 1, 2022)
When the average person thinks of an heiress, thoughts of money, fame and excess run through the mind. Even though that may appear to be the case on the outside, many times it’s a much different situation on the inside. This book takes a look at some of the trials and tribulations that these women have had to go through, along with stories of success and charity. These pages highlight some of the most well-known ladies of luxury and paint quite a different picture than what the modern-day media displays. You’ll learn how some had to fight for equality, which was worth way more than any money.
God Is a Black Woman by Christena Cleveland (February 8, 2022)
Even though Christena was raised to believe in God, she had a realization that this particular God was no longer working for her. The God that she had believed in all of these years is perceived as a white man, for all intents and purposes, and she started to think about how this idea continued to fuel racism, oppression, and powerlessness. To re-evaluate everything she knew, she embarked on a spiritual journey through France to create her path of faith. Her intimate story encourages the reader to question old ways of thinking and deconstruct the things that are hindering growth.
The Lonely Hunter by Aimée Lutkin (February 8, 2022)
While it’s common for more and more people to stay single, there is still a stigma attached to being unhitched. It seems that the older you get, the more questions arise about marital status. As an unattached woman in her thirties, Aimée sat down to enjoy dinner with her coupled-up friends when all of a sudden, she was facing a barrage of questions about her dating status. She decided to take matters into her own hands and do a social experiment, dating as many people as she could within one year. If rules were made to be broken, this is the book that is going to permit you to do just that.
This Monk Wears Heels by Kodo Nishimura (February 8, 2022)
This life was meant to be lived full of authenticity and Kodo Nishimura is doing just that. At one time or another, all of us feel like we don’t fit in. This story takes a Buddhist approach to what it means to truly live your best life and to let all of your uniqueness shine through, even if that means outrageous outfits and the highest heels. This book encourages you to let those feelings of inadequacy go so that you can trade them in for self-acceptance. You’ll learn how to start releasing your fears and begin to live a life full of celebration.
In Defense of Witches by Mona Chollet (March 8, 2022)
Witches are often perceived as being evil, scary and fictional characters that come to life on Halloween. While this may be the common way of thinking, there is a lot more history behind the horror stories. This book takes a deep dive into the true stories of witches from the past and how they lived. Mona explains how different types of women were accused of witchcraft and the persecution they faced. Connecting the past with the present, she examines how some things haven’t changed enough for the women who are choosing to live life on their terms.
Finding Me by Viola Davis (April 26, 2022)
Viola Davis is well known for her acting chops, but now it’s time to see her in a different light. Her memoir isn’t sugar-coated, allowing the reader to gain true insight into her life, both on and off the screen. She takes you on a personal journey, starting from her younger years and landing here in the present day. Although honest raw, she tells her tale in a way that is truly inspiring and loaded with optimism. This relatable read is one to look forward to in 2022, and also one you won’t want to put down.
BI by Julia Shaw (June 28, 2022)
We’ve come a long way when it comes to inclusivity, but we’ve still got miles to go when it comes to creating lasting change. This book beautifully illustrates the common and quiet struggles that many bisexuals experience. Even though bisexuality is statistically more common than homosexuality, it can often be more misunderstood. Julia draws on her own experiences to deliver an honest look at the hidden culture of bisexuality in this extremely important book. While the human life is filled with complexities, her hope is for people to realize that love and respect are what truly matter.