New month, new books! Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the most-anticipated new book releases every month, and next up is January 2022. If you ask us, the perfect January read is a riveting call to action: it’s a new year, and a time to see things as they really are. So what are the best new new novels, poetry collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in January 2022? Our intrepid team has been exploring and here’s what we found: 19 new book releases coming soon that we cannot wait to read.
what are the most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases for January 2022?
Wondering what to read in January 2022? We’ve surveyed the landscape, and rounded up a list of the best new books coming this January. In many ways, understanding what the publishing industry has deemed important for the new year is a great window into the 2022 zeitgeist. You can judge for yourself what the cognoscenti seem to be anticipating based on this list.
new novels and poetry January 2022
There’s a lot going on the world of fiction this month, including new work from Hanya Yanagihara (author of A Little Life), . January will also see the arrival of buzzy debut novels from Xochitl Gonzalez, Jean Chen Ho and David Sanchez.
new non-fiction January 2022
Celebrity memoirs continue their domination of the new non-fiction releases heading into 2022. This month sees new memoirs from skier Lindsey Vonn. There’s also a new memoir from Bernardine Evaristo, the first Black woman ever to win the prestigious Booker Prize for her 2019 novel Girl, Woman, Other. A new book of essays from the iconic Zora Neale Hurston. And a riveting account of a personal journey to the American South by Imani Perry.
the best new books coming in January 2022
Here’s our pick of the top new book releases of January 2022 that we cannot wait to read, including novels, poetry collections, memoirs and other non-fiction. You can pre-order your favorites now, if you like.
New books January 4, 2022
1. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez.
In the debut novel Olga Dies Dreaming, we find echoes of the recent scandals around a pair of powerful siblings in Gotham, the Cuomo brothers. Olga and Prieto Acevedo are a brother and sister pair taking New York by storm. Prieto is a rising star in the local politics scene. Olga is a wedding planner to the city’s elite. But when their absent mother – a radical activist for Puerto Rican independence – returns to the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood where they grew up, their lives are turned upside down.
BUY NOW: $19.59.
2. Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho.
Fiona and Jane is a debut novel centered on an almost 20-year friendship between the two titular women, both of whom are Taiwanese Americans. The bonds formed by their shared experience coming of age in Los Angeles in immigrant families become frayed by distance, romantic relationships and betrayal. They are constants in each other’s lives – but will they ultimately view each other as friend or foe?
BUY NOW: $21.99.
3. Anthem by Noah Hawley.
The author of the ripped-from-the-headlines thriller Before the Fall returns with another twisty topical tale. In Anthem, a group of teenagers defend against a number of enemies and challenges — from a widespread mental health crisis years after the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, to a malevolent man resembling Jeffrey Epstein. Wow. This is just make-believe, right?
BUY NOW: $22.99.
4. Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol.
The award-winning debut novel Bibliolepsy is now available for the first time in the US. Set in the mid-eighties in the Philippines, two decades into the brutal rule of Ferdinand Marcos, a young woman finds herself caught in the vise of history. Civil unrest is growing by the day. But Primi Peregrino has her own priorities: tracking down books and pursuing romantic connections with their authors. As the Marcos dictatorship seems poised to topple, Primi remains true to her fantasy: that she, “a vagabond from history, a runaway from time,” can be saved by sex, love, and books.
BUY NOW: $26.
5. Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades.
The new novel Brown Girls is set in Queens. We hear a group of young friends – all “brown girls” – as they make their way through New York in lyrical and arresting prose.
BUY NOW: $16.89.
6. You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston.
You Don’t Know Us Negroes complies over 30 years’ of the iconic writer’s nonfiction work. While she’s best known as a novelist, this anthology traces Hurston’s coverage of race, gender, and politics as an essayist. She was a keen observer of African American art and culture from the height of the Harlem Renaissance to the early years of the Civil Rights movement. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. provides the entertaining foreword.
BUY NOW: $25.49.
7. Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy by Jamie Raskin.
We’ve personally known Congressman Jamie Raskin since we were fellow students at Harvard Law School. A groomsman at our wedding, he and his brilliant family have long been friends and role models for us. So it is with both pride and sorrow that we reflect on the heartbreaking story behind his searing new memoir, Unthinkable. In just 45 days at the start of 2021, Congressman Raskin confronted three events that might have broken other people. The unspeakable loss of his son to suicide. The violent insurrection in our nation’s Capitol on January 6. And the impeachment effort to hold the former President accountable for inciting the criminal acts. Heartbreak, anger, admiration and awe – you’ll feel this story deep in your bones and in your heart – and admire the Congressman’s fortitude and courage – long after the last page is turned.
BUY NOW: $25.19.
8. How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink by Paco Underhill.
How We Eat arrives just as many of us are thinking about resetting our health and wellness goals for the new year. It’s clear the author’s goal is to get us thinking (and perhaps changing) how we eat in 2022. It’s a rallying cry to cut back on mass-produced groceries and eat local. And plant forward. Otherwise, we risk further irrevocable harm to ourselves – and to the environment.
BUY NOW: $27.
New books January 11, 2022
9. To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara.
To Paradise is the much anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of A Little Life. In it, we follow the lives of several characters, separated by centuries, who are connected by their time living in a townhouse on the edge of Washington Square Park. From the Gilded Age to the early ’90s to a dystopian near-future, there are recurring themes of illness and death; privilege and poverty; affection and desire. But the beating heart of the novel is each character’s dogged pursuit of utopia in an America that proves to be anything but that.
BUY NOW: $22.99.
10. The Eye Test: A Case for Human Creativity in the Age of Analytics by Chris Jones.
In The Eye Test, an award-winning journalist makes the case for a more personal approach to analytical thinking – less A.I. and more E.Q. Sharing lessons from some of the best doctors, executives, athletes, magicians, designers, astrophysicists and detectives in the world, he argues for the importance of the human element in a world increasingly ruled by numbers and algorithms.
BUY NOW: $29.
11. Rise: My Story by Lindsey Vonn.
Vonn is the most decorated female skier of all time. In Rise, she shares information never before made public, including details about her struggles with mental and physical health.
BUY NOW: $20.49.
New books January 18, 2022
12. Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang.
The author of Chemistry returns with a new novel about a young smart woman in extremis. Reminiscent of Fleishman Is in Trouble and Goodbye, Vitamin, Joan is Okay follows the titular character, who is an I.C.U. doctor at a New York City hospital. Her sister-in-law questions her status as “a real woman,” given that Joan has no children of her own. Meanwhile, she is nearly overwhelmed with the grief of mourning her father – and dealing with her widowed mother.
BUY NOW: $20.44.
13. All Day Is a Long Time by David Sanchez.
The debut novel All Day is Long Time follows David, a teenager on Florida’s Gulf Coast, in a poignant Bildungsroman. Battling drug addiction, he’s in and out of jail and on a downward spiral. Surprisingly, though, his love of reading helps him get back on solid ground.
BUY NOW: $25.
14. Manifesto: On Never Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo.
Manifesto is the memoir of the first Black woman ever to win the prestigious Booker Prize for her 2019 novel Girl, Woman, Other.
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15. Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind “A Raisin in the Sun” by Charles J. Shields.
Hansberry is best remembered for her acclaimed play “A Raisin in the Sun,” the first work written by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway. “Never before, in the entire history of the American theater, had so much of the truth of Black people’s lives been seen on the stage,” James Baldwin wrote at the time. In Lorraine Hansberry, a noted biographer delves into the lesser-known elements of her life, including the influence of her upper-class background and her fight for peace and nuclear disarmament.
BUY NOW: $26.99.
16. Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness by Laura Coates.
In Just Pursuit, the CNN senior legal analyst recounts her time as a Black female prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s a compelling and sometimes heartbreaking inside view of what it’s like to feel repeatedly torn between upholding the oath she’s taken as a public servant and being true to her lived experience as a Black woman and mother in the United States.
BUY NOW: $18.99.
New books January 25, 2022
17. Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories by Gish Jen.
The Resisters author returns with Thank You, Mr. Nixon — a short story collection that explores China, the United States, and how they’ve evolved over the past 50 years. From one girl’s letter to the late Richard Nixon, to a story about a pair of Hong Kong parents desperate to reconnect with their estranged, American daughter,
BUY NOW: $24.49.
18. South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry.
In South to America, the Princeton professor of African American Studies argues that in order to understand American identity, it’s essential to understand life, historically and now, below the Mason Dixon line.
BUY NOW: $24.49.
19. The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning by Ben Raines.
It’s always especially heart-wrenching to read the story of “the last one.” The last soldier to die during the war. The last person to succumb to an illness just before a cure is found. So it is in the this case. The Last Slave Ship is the true story of the Clotilda, the last ship known to have trafficked in kidnapped Africans. It was in operation bringing enslaved Black people to the U.S. fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed. This is on the essential list of what to read in January 2022, especially as Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches.
BUY NOW: $26.
the most-anticipated new novels and non-fiction books January 2022
Those are our picks for the best and most-anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases coming in January 2022. So many options to answer the pressing matter of what to read in January 2022. What’s at the top of your list? Whatever you decide to dive into this month, stay safe and strong, dear reader.