One of my goals for 2022 is to prioritize nonfiction. I neglected nonfiction last year, which is such a shame because I always love the ones that I do pick up. There are a lot of interesting nonfiction titles coming out this year that I wanted to put on your radar.
I do not read a ton of celebrity memoirs, but every once in a while there is one that catches my attention, and that is definitely the case with Selma Blair and her upcoming memoir, Mean Baby. This book comes out on May 10th, 2022 and in it, Selma Blair opens up about her childhood, her alcohol addiction, her complicated relationship with her mother, and her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Also, if you are like me and you enjoy when celebrities narrate their own audiobooks, I looked it up and Selma Blair is the narrator.
Who doesn’t love Paul Holes!? I think a lot of us became fascinated with him as he investigated the Golden State Killer case and I am curious to learn more about his career and other cases that he worked on. I also hope we get some insight into his work with Michelle McNamara before she passed away. Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases comes out on April 26th, 2022.
In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial is actually a work of translation and comes out in English on March 8th, 2022. I have read quite a few fiction books about witch hunts, but I cannot say I have ever read any nonfiction on the subject. Mona Chollet explores how three types of women (independent, childless, and elderly) were targeted and how they continue to be persecuted in today’s society.
Brace For Impact is a memoir that comes out on May 24th, 2022. The author, Gabe Montesanti, turned to Roller Derby when she was looking for a sense of belonging. When she is severely injured, it forces her to face her past emotional trauma as well. She shares her journey of healing both physically and emotionally, and it sounds incredible.
I didn’t think there would be two celebrity memoirs on this list, but I had to include Finding Me by Viola Davis, which comes out on April 26th. The blurb does not reveal much, but Viola Davis is narrating her own memoir, so you know I will be listening!
After reading Empire of Pain, I will give anything that Patrick Radden Keefe writes. I cannot wait for Rogues: True Stories of Gifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, which comes out on June 28th, 2022. It is a collection of twelve articles focused on different crimes.
Speaking of Empire of Pain, The Urge: Our History of Addiction, which comes out on January 25th, also explores the opioid crisis and the author, Carl Erik Fisher, explores his own addiction while also delving into the history of addiction in general.
Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Bell is a random book to include on this list but it just looks like so much fun! As the title suggests, it is a graphic novel that explores the history of pinball. I am looking forward to reading it when it comes out on February 8th, 2022!
The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World has a cover that intrigues me and it comes out on February 22nd, 2022. It focuses on Queen Brunhild and Queen Fredegund and already has so many five-star reviews on Goodreads!
What nonfiction 2022 release are you most excited about?