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The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022

There were so many good books in 2022 — how can a reader choose?  But we narrowed the list.

Last Updated on December 15, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022

Are you looking for the most captivating nonfiction books published in 2022?  Then you’re in luck!  We’ve put together this list of what we consider to be 10 of the best nonfiction books released this year.  From inspiring memoirs to thought-provoking social issues, these titles are guaranteed to provide an engaging read that will keep you hooked until their climax.  Whether tackling serious topics or showing us a different perspective on our lives, each book on this list offers something new and worthwhile to any reader – so make sure you stop by your local library or bookstore soon!

George V: Never a Dull Moment by Jane Ridley

George V: Never a Dull Moment by Jane Ridley

From one of the most beloved and distinguished historians of the British monarchy, here is a lively, intimately detailed biography of a long-overlooked king who reimagined the Crown in the aftermath of World War I and whose marriage was an epic romance.

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Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse

Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse

Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is the mesmerizing story of a landmark sexual assault investigation and the female private investigator who helped crack it open.

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We Carry Their Bones by Erin Kimmerle

We Carry Their Bones by Erin Kimmerle

Forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle explores the legacy of the notorious Dozier Boys School—the true story behind the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Nickel Boys—and the contentious process of exhuming the graves of the boys buried there in order to reunite them with their families.

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Imagine a City by Mark Vanhoenacker

Imagine a City by Mark Vanhoenacker

A love letter to the cities of the world, from the airline pilot–author of Skyfaring.

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Walking Gentry Home by Alora Young

Walking Gentry Home by Alora Young

An “extraordinary” (Laurie Halse Anderson) young poet traces the lives of her foremothers in West Tennessee, from those enslaved centuries ago to her grandmother, her mother, and finally herself, in this stunning debut celebrating Black girlhood and womanhood throughout American history.

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Solito by Javier Zamora

Solito by Javier Zamora

A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as “the mythic journey of our era” (Sandra Cisneros)

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Year of the Tiger by Alice Wong

Year of the Tiger by Alice Wong

This groundbreaking memoir offers a glimpse into an activist’s journey to finding and cultivating community and the continued fight for disability justice, from the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project.

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Stay True by Hua Hsu

Stay True by Hua Hsu

From the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu, a gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art.

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Shirley Hazzard by Brigitta Olubas

Shirley Hazzard by Brigitta Olubas

The first biography of Shirley Hazzard, the author of The Transit of Venus and a writer of “shocking wisdom” and “intellectual thrill” (The New Yorker).

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A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing by Mary-Alice Daniel

A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing by Mary-Alice Daniel

A poetic coming-of-age memoir that probes the legacies and myths of family, race, and religion—from Nigeria to England to America.

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The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022

  1. George V: Never a Dull Moment by Jane Ridley
  2. Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse
  3. We Carry Their Bones by Erin Kimmerle
  4. Imagine a City by Mark Vanhoenacker
  5. Walking Gentry Home by Alora Young
  6. Solito by Javier Zamora
  7. Year of the Tiger by Alice Wong
  8. Stay True by Hua Hsu
  9. Shirley Hazzard by Brigitta Olubas
  10. A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing by Mary-Alice Daniel

What do you think about the best nonfiction books of 2022 on this list?

Have you read any books from this list?  What are your favorite nonfiction books of 2022?  What books would you add to the list?  Let’s talk all about the best books of 2022 in the comments.

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