We’re recalling a few books you may have missed in 2022 – Twin Cities

Have you lost track of some of the best fiction of 2022? Do not worry. Here’s a summary of the titles that appeared most frequently on Best Of and Reader Favorites lists. We’re listing these books alphabetically and not ranking them as this is just a friendly cut-and-save list to refer to as these titles become available in paperback this year. (An asterisk indicates a Minnesota book.)

“Trust”, Herman Diaz

“House of Candy”, Jennifer Egan

“Demon Copperhead”, Barbara Kingsolver

“The Investigator,” John Sandford

“Chemistry Lessons” by Bonnie Garmus

“Liberation”, George Saunders

“Lucy by the Sea”, Elizabeth Strout

“Marriage portrait”, Maggie O’Farrell

“Our Lost Hearts”, Celeste Ng

“The Passenger”, Cormac McCarthy

“Sea of ​​Peace”, Emily St. John Mandel

* “The Sentence”, Louise Erdrich

“Signal Fires”, Dani Shapiro

* “Ominous Graves,” by Marcie Rendon

* “Ursuline”, Brian Freeman

* “When Women Were Dragons,” Kelly Barnhill

“Young Mungo”, Douglas Stuart

In nonfiction, especially relevant to Minnesotans: “His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Fight for Racial Justice” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa.

Book cover for "The magic kingdom"
“Magic Kingdom”

We had literally just opened The Magic Kingdom, Russell Banks’ new novel, when we learned of the death of this popular champion of the working class on January 7th. Banks, who was 82, won fans with titles such as “Continental Drift” and “Cloudsplitter.” Two of his books were made into movies: “The Sweet Hereafter,” starring Ian Holm, and “Affliction,” which won James Coburn an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. “The Magic Kingdom” (Knopf) is described on the jacket as the story of real estate speculator Harley Mann, whose family migrates to the Florida swamps near where Walt Disney World will be built. They join the Shaker community and when Harley falls in love with a patient who lives on the estate, his loyalty to the Shakers and their conservative worldview is strained and ultimately broken. I can’t wait to dive into what will surely be one of the best books of the New Year.

Other spring titles arrive daily. So far, we’re most excited about J. Ryan Stradal’s novel “Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club,” which will be published April 18 by Viking/Penguin. Stradal, who grew up in Hastings, lives in California, but his heart is in Minnesota, as his previous novels “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” and “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” show. His new book is set in Bear Jaw, Minn.

Book cover for "Saturday night at the Lakeside Supper Club"
“Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club”

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