User menu

Shopping cart

Best Nonfiction of the Year 2022

From compelling memoirs to riveting history, here are the books that our staff voted Best Nonfiction Books of the Year. Click on each title to read our recommendations. Don't miss our other Best Books of the Year lists here.

Staff Pick Badge
Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593498064
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Lost & Found: A Memoir By Kathryn Schulz Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525512462
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Random House - January 11th, 2022

Lost & Found: Reflections on Grief, Gratitude, and Happiness By Kathryn Schulz Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780525512486
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 22nd, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Riverman: An American Odyssey By Ben McGrath Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780451494009
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir By Erika L. Sánchez Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593296936
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Viking - July 12th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781640094147
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir By Ingrid Rojas Contreras Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385546669
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Doubleday - July 12th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Deaf Utopia: A Memoir—and a Love Letter to a Way of Life By Nyle DiMarco, Robert Siebert Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063062351
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: William Morrow - April 19th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982185824
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Nerd: Adventures in Fandom from This Universe to the Multiverse By Maya Phillips Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982165772
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Atria Books - October 11th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780062977403
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ecco - January 25th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss By Amy Bloom Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593243947
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Random House - March 8th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Brown Neon By Raquel Gutiérrez Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566896375
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - June 7th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life By Alice Wong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2022

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative By Melissa Febos Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew By Michael W. Twitty Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062891754
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Amistad - August 9th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent By Dipo Faloyin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393881530
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power By Caleb Gayle Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593329580
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2022

Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands By Kelly Lytle Hernández Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324004370
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2022

Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America By Pekka Hämäläinen Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781631496998
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Liveright - September 20th, 2022

The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan By Elliot Ackerman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593492048
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Press - August 9th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Inciting Joy: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643753041
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - October 25th, 2022

How to Read Now: Essays By Elaine Castillo Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593489635
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Viking - July 26th, 2022

Translating Myself and Others By Jhumpa Lahiri Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780691231167
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - May 17th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
How to Raise an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593242537
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: One World - June 14th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions By Temple Grandin, PhD Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593418369
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2022

The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture By Gabor Maté, MD, Daniel Maté (With) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593083888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avery - September 13th, 2022

How We Live Is How We Die By Pema Chodron Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611809244
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Shambhala - October 4th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World: Essays By Barry Lopez, Rebecca Solnit (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Barry Lopez, Rebecca Solnit (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593242827
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Random House - May 31st, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Thin Places By Kerri Ní Dochartaigh Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311955
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Milkweed Editions - April 12th, 2022

The High Sierra: A Love Story By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316593014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 10th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human By Siddhartha Mukherjee Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982117351
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - October 25th, 2022

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593133231
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet By Leah Thomas Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316279291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Voracious - March 8th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop By Jonathan Abrams Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984825131
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - October 18th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You By Susan Rogers, Ogi Ogas Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393541250
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons By Jeremy Denk Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780812995985
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Random House - March 22nd, 2022

Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs By Greil Marcus Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780300255317
Availability: This item is likely out of print! We may be able to order it from the publisher. If it's unavailable, we will refund you ASAP.
Published: Yale University Press - October 11th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Making a Scene By Constance Wu Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781982188542
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - October 4th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Mr. B: George Balanchine's 20th Century By Jennifer Homans Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780812994308
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - November 1st, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe By David Maraniss Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781476748412
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022