22 new books of 2022 to read

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The recovery agent by Janet Evanovitch

Evanovich’s many fans can now dive into a new spin-off series starring Gabriela Rose, the sexy weapons expert (now a recovery agent, hired to find and return lost or stolen valuables and missing persons) from the hugely popular novels by Stephanie Plum. It’s an action-packed, action-packed hug, told with JE’s signature humor. Gabriela needs money for her family, and somehow (it’s complicated, but the ghost of pirate Blackbeard’s lover is involved) finds herself in the jungles of Peru looking of hidden treasure – with, alas, her handsome but boring ex-husband, Rafer. Together they must outsmart a ruthless drug lord and try to get the treasure without getting murdered or killed. (March 22)

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

This wonderful novel by Fowler, the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author We are all completely beside ourselves, is a fictionalized account of the life of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and his family, with many imagined details but the most significant events based on deeply researched historical facts. John was one of 10 siblings (only six reached adulthood) fathered by the erratic, alcoholic and selfish Junius Booth, the most famous Shakespearean actor of his day. While Junius is touring and partying, his family spends many years barely getting by in a cabin near Baltimore (Tudor Hall, a historic site in Bel Air, Maryland, which you can visit today), and is gradually being swept away by growing political tensions. which led to the civil war. (8 March)

black cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Hulu is already working on a TV series based on this gripping book, about the complicated story of a family that begins to emerge after the death of its Caribbean-born matriarch, Eleanor Bennett. When Eleanor’s two adult children, Byron and Benny, travel to California after her death, Eleanor’s attorney hands them an audio recording in which their mother tells a remarkable story about a young swimmer named Covey and a tragic incident. that changed the course of his life and the lives of others. She also tells her kids that she baked a traditional Caribbean black cake and left it for them in her freezer, adding, “I want you to sit down together and share the cake when the time is right. You will know when. And, finally, after receiving the shock of their lives, they do. (February 1st)

Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson and Dolly Parton

A collaboration between one of the country’s most beloved musicians and the best-selling author, this fast-paced novel has been a #1 bestseller since its release a few weeks ago. Patterson, 74, is the mastermind behind the novel’s chapter endings, but you can hear Parton, 76, loud and clear in the two main characters: AnnieLee Keyes, a gifted and feisty young singer who does self- hitch a ride to Nashville with little more than “big dreams and faded jeans” (the title of one of her songs, included on Parton’s soundtrack), and veteran country music megastar Ruthanna Ryder – who will be played by Parton in the film version – who takes AnnieLee under his wing. It’s suspenseful and fun, with a dose of romance. To find out more, read our interview with the two authors. (7 March)

The game by Harlan Coben

This is Coben’s second thriller featuring Wilde, the character who was rescued from a wild childhood in the desert, first featured in his bestselling The Woodland Boy. Wilde gave up living a normal domestic life, instead focusing on finding the identity of his parents and how he ended up being abandoned. A DNA match sets him on a promising path that turns dangerous when clues lead him to a killer. It’s a classic (twisted) Coben-style story, most likely already on its way to a TV adaptation like many of his other novels – The woods, the stranger and Sure among them. (March 15)

In Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Another heavy and, yes, dark novel from the 2015 author A little life, his latest is arguably an even more complex exploration (in terms of plot and structure) of tragic love, suffering, and hope. It consists of three stories set in different time periods and altered realities, with overlapping characters. Many are gay men, whom we encounter in a variety of settings – including the 1890s, in a New York City where homosexuality was legal and accepted, and in Hawaii and New York during the AIDS crisis of the 1990s. The final section is the searing one, a vivid depiction of a dystopian New York plagued by a pandemic, climate change, and set some 70 years in the future that feels all too real. If it sounds dark, it is, but it’s also bright. (January 11)

French braid by Anne Tyler

This new novel is Anne Tyler’s classic, with warmth, wisdom, and a Baltimore family at its center. The story begins in 2010, with the awkward meeting of two cousins ​​in Philadelphia’s 30th Street train station, before returning to 1959 and their grandparents: Robin and Mercy Garrett, who are on their first and only vacation. as a family with their two teenage daughters and young son. . Over the decades there are marriages and births, but what remains constant through the generations is a lack of candor (the couple never tell their children that Mercy left the family home to pursue her dream of becoming artist) and a tension between desire and resistance to family intimacy. (March 22)

The lightning rod by Brad Meltzer

.The second thriller in Meltzer’s new series, after The Escape Artist, brings back undertaker Jim “Zig” Zigarowski and artist Nola Brown (whose life Zig saved in the first book). After uncovering a telling clue while working on the body of a murdered military officer, Zig ends up following a lead that leads to both Nola and dangerous Cold War secrets. Meltzer loves to take readers to secret underground bunkers, and does it again here, as the characters shine unwanted light into the dark corners of the US government’s Strategic National Stockpile – government facilities for large-scale attacks and biological threats. AARP members can read an excerpt here. (8 March)

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