HPL’s Best Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Books of 2022

7 Dec

Adult Fiction
Demon Copperhead
by Barbara Kingsolver
The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother, who dies when he is 11, uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves and crushing losses.

Dreamland
by Nicholas Sparks
A poignant love story about two young people who risk everything for a dream and try to leave the past behind. They will navigate the exhilarating heights and heartbreak of first love.

Lessons
by Ian McEwan
The story of one man’s life across generations and historical upheavals from his childhood in a boarding school to his marriage. As he searches for his vanished wife, he is forced to confront his restless existence.

The Last Chairlift
by John Irving
A young man moves from N.H. to Aspen, Colo., where he was conceived, to learn the truth about his mother, a former slalom skier and ski instructor. He meets some ghosts there involving his past.

Lucy by the Sea
by Elizabeth Strout
As the pandemic forces the world into lockdown, Lucy is uprooted from her life in NYC and whisked away to a small town in Maine by her exhusband. For several months, they relive their complex past together.

Mad Honey
Jodi Picoult
A married woman uproots from her ideal life in Boston to return to her hometown in N.H. to start over. Her teenage son then becomes a suspect in a murder when his new girlfriend is suspiciously killed.

Our Missing Hearts
by Celeste Ng
A 12 year-old Asian boy receives a mysterious letter and sets out on a quest to find his mother, a ChineseAmerican poet who left when he was nine. His journey leads him to NYC where a new act of defiance may bring about change.

Marriage Portrait
by Maggie O’Farrell
A compelling story about the young duchess Lucrezia de Medici who is thrust into the limelight upon the death of her older sister. She must adjust to an unfamiliar court where she’s not universally welcomed.

The Night Ship
by Jess Kidd
In 1629, a young orphaned girl is bound for the Dutch East Indies on the Batavia, one of the greatest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. She spends the long journey searching for a mythical monster above and below deck.

The Passenger
by Cormac McCarthy
After a plane crash in 1980, a salvage diver discovers that the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the 10th passenger are missing. He is drawn into a conspiracy beyond his understanding.

The Rabbit Hutch
by Tess Gunty
An odd assortment of residents are struggling to survive in a low-cost and crumbling housing complex in the postindustrial Midwest. A bizarre act of violence finally changes all of their trapped and lonely lives forever.

The Winners
by Fredrik Backman
Two young Swedish people return to their small forest town and reunite with childhood friends. A new ice rink has been built, which has given folks optimism. However, an act of violence may change the mood.

Adult Nonfiction
Starry Messenger
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Tyson brings his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth by shining new light on the crucial fault lines of our times: war, politics, religion, truth, beauty, gender, and race. His views stimulate a deeper sense of unity for us all.

And There Was Light
by Jon Meacham
This illuminating new portrait of Lincoln and the American struggle shows a very human, yet imperfect man. His moral antislavery commitment was essential to the story of justice in America.

The Queen: Her Life
by Andrew Morton
An in-depth look at Britain’s longest reigning monarch and how she influenced both Britain and the world for much of the last century, This reluctant, but resolute Queen was one of the greatest sovereigns of the modern era.

The Light We Carry
by Michelle Obama
A series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power. She shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles.

Year of the Tiger
by Alice Wong
Essays, conversations, graphics, and photos are used as a scrapbook of Wong’s life as an Asian American disabled activist. She traces her origins, tells her story, and creates a space for disabled people to be in conversation with each other.

Finding Me
by Viola Davis
An emotional story from a crumbling apartment in R.I. to the stage in NYC and beyond. Awardwinning actress and icon, Davis examines her life journey with honesty & humility.

Invisible Kingdom
by Meghan O’Rourke
A landmark exploration of the rise of chronic illness and autoimmune diseases. These diseases are poorly understood, marginalized, and undiagnosed. A revealing investigation into “invisible” illnesses.

Books are available in print from BCCLS libraries and as ebooks from eBCCLS and/or eLibraryNJ.

Written by:
Ethan Galvin
Information and Digital Services Librarian

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