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Our 2022 End-of-Year Holiday Extravaganza!

Welcome to our 2022 end-of-year holiday extravaganza! In the spirit of holiday giving, we have a present for you, which, if we’re being honest, is also a present for us: BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS. Two dozen of them, in fact!

At the end of almost all the interviews we conducted this year, we asked our guests, “What’s one book you love and why do you love it?” We held back the recordings of their answers so we could share them with you now, with our gratitude for another year of book dreaming.

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Mónica Guzmán

I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, by Mónica Guzmán

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi

Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times, by Azar Nafisi

1,001 Arabian Nights, by Anonymous

Sara Gran

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran

True Grit, by Charles Portis

Justin Fenton

We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption, by Justin Fenton

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, by David Simon

Bryant Terry

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora, by Bryant Terry

The Taste of Country Cooking: The 30th Anniversary Edition of a Great Southern Classic Cookbook, by Edna Lewis

Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art, by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

The Inheritors, by William Golding

Kevin Birmingham

The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece, by Kevin Birmingham

Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Erika Krouse

Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation, by Erika Krouse

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, by Lucia Berlin

Angie Cruz

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, by Angie Cruz

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Mark Epstein

The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life, by Mark Epstein

Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala

James Gilbert

G. Heywood Hill Ltd, Old & New Books

Watership Down, by Richard Adams

Ellen McGarrahan

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice, by Ellen McGarrahan

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

James Suzman

Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots, by James Suzman

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, by Adam Hochschild

Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi, by Vaishnavi Patel

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

Jack Parlett

Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise, by Jack Parlett

Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives, by Walt Odets

Jack Zipes

The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest, by Felix Salten, translated by Jack Zipes

Tistou, the Boy with the Green Fingers of Peace, by Maurice Druon

Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (and Some Bears), by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill

Ear Worm! by Jo Knowles

Margo Jefferson

Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir, by Margo Jefferson

The Complete Adventures of Alice in Wonderland: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Margaret K. Nelson

Keeping Family Secrets: Shame and Silence in Memoirs from the 1950s, by Margaret K. Nelson

Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

Vauhini Vara

The Immortal King Rao, by Vauhini Vara

Living My Life, by Emma Goldman

Imani Perry

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, by Imani Perry

The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak

Jackie Higgins

Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses, by Jackie Higgins

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks

Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality, by Tomiko Brown-Nagin

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed

Florence Williams

Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey, by Florence Williams

A Grief Observed, by C. S. Lewis

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

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