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Best Books of 2022

The Bentley Library's 14th annual Best Books display.

Introducing the Best Books of 2022

We’re celebrating the best of 2022 – best books, that is! Browse below by category (fiction or nonfiction) and format (print or electronic) to see more than 250 titles that appeared on 18 year-end best books lists.* 

Click on any book cover image to check current availability and/or place holds. Bentley students, staff, and faculty can access the titles on the e-books and digital audiobooks lists with a Bentley email address and password. Happy reading!

Fiction (E-Books)

All My Rage
The American Roommate Experiment
Babel
Black Cake
Book Lovers
The Books of Jacob
The Candy House
Checkout 19
City on Fire
Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Demon Copperhead
Desert Star
The Diamond Eye
Drunk on Love
Fairy Tale
Fox Creek
French Braid
Girl, Forgotten
The Hacienda
Haven
The Hero of This Book
Honey and Spice
The Hotel Nantucket
House of Sky and Breath
Insomnia
The Island
The It Girl
It Starts with Us
Joan is Okay
Kingdom of the Feared
Lapvona
The Last White Man
Less Is Lost
Lessons
The Lioness
Lucy by the Sea
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
The Marriage Portrait
The Memory Librarian
Mercy Street
The Night Ship
Nightcrawling
Now Is Not the Time to Panic
Olga Dies Dreaming
Our Missing Hearts
The Passenger
Sea of Tranquility
See You Yesterday
Shrines of Gaiety
Stella Maris
This Time Tomorrow
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Tracy Flick Can't Win
The Twist of a Knife
The Violin Conspiracy
The Weight of Blood
What Moves the Dead
The Woman in the Library

Nonfiction (E-Books)

Acceptance
Aftermath
Bittersweet
Bomb Shelter
Chip War
Confidence Man
Fight Like Hell
Finding Me
Fine
The Founders
His Name Is George Floyd
How to Prevent the Next Pandemic
An Immense World
Laboratories Against Democracy
The Light We Carry
Managing Expectations
Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe
My Seven Black Fathers
The Power of Regret
Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order
River of the Gods
The Secret Listener
Solito
The Song of the Cell
Starry Messenger
The Treeline
The Trials of Harry S. Truman
Watergate
What If? 2
When McKinsey Comes to Town
Year of the Tiger

Fiction (Print): A-L

The 6:20 Man
Africa Risen
Afterlives
All Good People Here
All That's Left Unsaid
All This Could Be Different
The Angel of Rome
As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow
Babel
The Backstreets
Bad Girls
Ballad and Dagger: An Outlaw Saints Novel
The Berlin Exchange
Big Girl
The Birdcatcher
Black Cake
Blackwater Falls
Blank Pages
Blood Sugar
Book Lovers
The Book of Goose
The Books of Jacob
Brother Alive
Brown Girls
The Bullet That Missed
Calling for a Blanket Dance
The Candy House
City on Fire
The Collectors
Dark Music
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Death and the Conjuror
Demon Copperhead
Desert Star
Devil House
Diablo Mesa
The Diamond Eye
Drunk on Love
Family of Liars
Fiona and Jane
French Braid
The Furrows
Glory
The Golden Enclaves
Grey Bees
The Hacienda
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Haven
The Hero of This Book
Homesickness
Horse
House of Sky and Breath
I Must Betray You
If I Survive You
Insomnia
The Island
The It Girl
Joan is Okay
The Kingdom of Sand
The Last White Man
Less Is Lost
Lessons
Lessons in Chemistry
Liberation Day
The Light Pirate
Lucky Breaks
Lucy by the Sea

Fiction (Print): M-Z

The Maid
The Marriage Portrait
The Memory Librarian
Mercury Pictures Presents
Mercy Street
Mother of Strangers
My Government Means to Kill Me
Nettle and Bone
Night of the Living Rez
Nightcrawling
Nightwork
Now Is Not the Time to Panic
Nuclear Family
Our Missing Hearts
The Passenger
Portrait of a Thief
The Rabbit Hutch
Recitatif
Scattered All over the Earth
Sea of Tranquility
Siren Queen
Stella Maris
The Swimmers
This Time Tomorrow
Time Is a Mother
To Paradise
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
The Town of Babylon
Tracy Flick Can't Win
The Trees
True Biz
Trust
The Twist of a Knife
The Violin Conspiracy
Which Side Are You On
A World of Curiosities
Young Mungo

Nonfiction (Print): A-L

Adriatic
America, Goddam
Ancestor Trouble
And There Was Light
Beyond the Wand
Bittersweet
Black Joy
Blood and Ruins
By Hands Now Known
The Chaos Machine
Chip War
Chokepoint Capitalism
Civil Rights Queen
A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing
Confidence Man
Diary of a Misfit
The Economic Weapon
Fen, Bog and Swamp
The Fifth Act
Finding Me
Fine
Free
Freezing Order
Gathering Blossoms under Fire
Geography Is Destiny
Getting Lost
God: an Anatomy
The Grimkes
His Name Is George Floyd
How Civil Wars Start
How to Prevent the Next Pandemic
How to Stand up to a Dictator
An Immense World
Indigenous Continent
Inventor of the Future
Kingdom of Characters
The Last Slave Ship
Lessons from the Edge
The Light We Carry
The Listeners

Nonfiction (Print): M-Z

Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past
Managing Expectations
Maria Theresa: The Habsburg Empress in Her Time
Mr. B
The Myth of American Inequality
The Naked Don't Fear the Water
Origin
Path Lit by Lightning
The Pope at War
The Power of Regret
Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order
Private Notebooks: 1914-1916
Putin
Queen of Our Times
The Quiet Before
Reality+
Rebels Against the Raj
Resistance
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams
River of the Gods
Rogues
Sandy Hook
Silent Spring Revolution
Solito
The Song of the Cell
South to America
Starry Messenger
Stay True
Stolen Focus
The Trayvon Generation
The Treeline
Under the Skin
The Urge
The Viral Underclass
The War of Nerves
Watergate
We Don't Know Ourselves
When McKinsey Comes to Town
White Lies
Woman
Worn

Digital Audiobooks

Ain't Burned All the Bright
All My Rage
And There Was Light
The Angel of Rome
Atlas of the Heart
The Atlas Six
Bad City
The Bangalore Detectives Club
Bittersweet
Breathe and Count Back from Ten
Even Though I Knew the End
Family of Liars
Fen, Bog and Swamp
Franklinland
The Golden Enclaves
Happy-Go-Lucky
Hester
Honey and Spice
The Honeys
I'd Like to Play Alone, Please
In Love
Lessons in Chemistry
Liberation Day
Life Between the Tides
The Light We Carry
The Maid
Marple
The Marriage Portrait
The Memory Librarian
Moon Witch, Spider King
Nightcrawling
Now is Not the Time to Panic
The Philosophy of Modern Song
Retail Gangster
Rhyme's Rooms
Solito
The Song of the Cell
A Spy's Life
Stolen Focus
Super-Infinite
Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story
Thank You For Listening
This Time Tomorrow
We Were Dreamers
The Weight of Blood
What Souls Are Made of: a Wuthering Heights Remix
The Winners
Witches Abroad
Woman Without Shame
A World of Curiosities

Audiobooks on CD

And There Was Light
Atlas of the Heart
Babel
Bittersweet
Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Demon Copperhead
Fairy Tale
Happy-Go-Lucky
The Match
Olga Dies Dreaming
Our Missing Hearts
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams
Sea of Tranquility
We Were Dreamers
The Winners
A World of Curiosities
The It Girl

Sources

*Sources consulted: Audible, AudioFile, Barnes & Noble, Bloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Best Books Display Archives

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