The Month in Adult Books: February 2022

Reading recommendations for adults
February 8, 2022
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Featured TitleDon’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor
“Friday Night Lights meets Southern Gothic” is how the publisher describes this debut southern noir novel. The new coach at an Arkansas high school, Trent Powers, invites star running back Billy Lowe to live with him and his family. He’s helping him escape a violent home environment and hoping to control some of the anger issues he lives with. But when Billy’s abuser turns up dead and all evidence points to him as the killer, violence threatens to tear the town apart. Cranor writes from his own experience as a football player and high school teacher, making this a vivid and powerful debut perfect for fans of Wiley Cash or Megan Abbott.

New & Upcoming
Spring brings an exciting, new and varied collection of books to library shelves. Mystery and crime readers will want to check out The Verifiers by Jane Pek, an exciting debut novel about a young woman hired by a company that researches online dating service matches. When one client turns up dead, Claudia decides to investigate.

Memoir readers will want to check out What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo, which speaks to the author’s diagnosis of Complex PTSD, a legacy of the continual trauma of her childhood. Foo, a former producer on This American Life, decides to further research the condition with scientists and members of the immigrant community she grew up in. It’s a powerful look at the lingering effects of trauma and how you learn to move with it.
Check This Out!
Fans of Crying in H Mart may want to check out this list of selection of recent memoirs.
What We’re Reading
Featured TitleShelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef
Nadia Wassef is one of the founders of Diwan, a well-known and influential Cairo bookstore. Here she takes the reader around the store and talks about how it was started, the challenges presented to business women by a firmly patriarchal society, her personal and professional life and the ever-changing city and country around her. She’s very candid about her flaws, both personal and professional, which sometimes makes her a less than sympathetic narrator, but a very real person. It’s an interesting blend of elements that offers a peek into an unfamiliar place and culture and leaves the reader with much to think about. It will appeal to armchair travelers, bookstore junkies, and those who enjoy stories of real women’s lives. 

For More Reading Suggestions:
  • The February Preview from The Millions
  • Authors Pick Their Most Anticipated Books of 2022 from EW
  • Best New Crime Releases for February from Crime Reads
  • February Earphone Awards from Audiofile