Here are ten books that came out in 2022 from people I know and love in real life. Great reviews on each. Highly recommend! Available in print, kindle, and audio.
First up: Kase Wickman
Bring It On: The Complete Story of the Cheerleading Movie That Changed, Like, Everything (No, Seriously)
For the pop-culture passionista in your life.
All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire
For your friend who is grieving a complicated relationship.
You’re Already Awesome: How to Silence Your Inner Critic and Step into Greatness
For your bestie who doesn’t know how amazing she is.
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens
For your wants-to-be-fearless teen.
I’m Wearing Tunics Now: On Growing Older, Better, and a Hell of a Lot Louder
For your over-40 sister who has zero effs to give.
London, Block by Block: An illustrated guide to the best of England’s capital
For your anglophile co-worker who is still mourning the Queen.
Carol Lynn Pearson
The Love Map: Saving Your Love Relationship and Incidentally Saving the World
For your friend who seeks the challenges and joys of maintaining a healthy and loving relationship.
The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change without Losing Your Joy
For your social justice warrior cousin who is exhausted from fighting the good fight.
Here are two more that come out in early 2023 — you can pre-order now! I just received press copies of both of these and can’t wait to read them during my holiday break.
Kristen Mei Chase
A Thousand Miles to Graceland
publish date: January 24th, 2023
The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe
publish date: February 14th, 2023
Want more book recommendations? I wrote an article for Shepherd with a list of: The best books to shift your mindset and break down assumptions about how the world works. If Shepherd is new to you, it’s a great book discovery site — check out their Social History bookshelf.