This Month in Adult Books: December 2022

Reading recommendations for adults
December 6, 2022
Featured Title
The Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
This searing portrait of India at the turn of the 21st century kicks off a new trilogy about the wealthy and corrupt Wadia family. There’s playboy Sunny who schemes to take over but leads an increasingly reckless life, Ajay, a devoted servant who is a convenient scapegoat for a shocking accident, and Neda, the ambitious journalist who wants to expose them all but risks being pulled in too deep. Their intertwined stories highlight a world in which capitalism rules and the rich always win. Have we arrived at the Age of Vice described in ancient Hindu texts? Readers will be eagerly turning pages to find out.

New & Upcoming
January brings a wealth of new and interesting mysteries such as Better The Blood by Michael Bennett, a debut thriller that speaks to the longstanding injustices faced by New Zealand’s indigenous peoples and City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita in which a stranded detective tries to solve a murder in a tiny Alaskan town where everyone lives in the same high rise building.
On the nonfiction side, readers can learn The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly by Margareta Magnusson and hear the story of the last living witness to the abduction of Emmett Till in Mississippi from the Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr. in A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations of the Journey to Justice for my Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till.  
Check This Out!
A selection of books for those who watched and enjoyed the 2022 World Cup.  
What We’re Reading
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (audiobook)
The plot is about a group of families who eat books for sustenance, retaining the information they eat. Every so often, however, one is born with an appetite for something much darker—human minds. This is a story about survival under a system designed to crush you, the ongoing effects of trauma, and the power and intensity of parental love. It is, oddly, both a Victorian gothic fantasy and contemporary thriller. The worldbuilding is fascinating, the characters vivid, and it’s all brought to life by narration in a transporting West Yorkshire accent. It’s very dark at times and not a book for everyone, but it is also completely absorbing and original. If you enjoy dark fantasy or speculative stories and can never get enough of spooky season, this would be a book for you.

For More Reading Suggestions:
  • Best Books of 2022 from NYPL
  • Our Favorite Books of the Year from Oprah Daily
  • The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year from Kirkus
  • Best Audiobooks of 2022 from Audiofile