Every year thousands of books get published. Some become the public favorite and become bestsellers of the year whereas some get banned. Similarly, some of the books don’t get popular, but still, they have really good food for thought. Along with fiction novels, nonfiction literature keeps on expanding every year. Around the world, various authors based on their expertise publish numerous nonfiction books. Many of these become part of all-time classics and are translated into many languages. 2023 has started and many nonfiction authors would have been ready to pen down their ideas and opinions for the coming year. Meanwhile, I would like to share a list of the top nonfiction books of 2022. This annual list of 2022, includes the top most rated and must-read nonfiction books of all time.
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I have tried to keep the list versatile by including a variety of genres from nonfiction writing. Dive in and pick your next to-read book.
1.The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke
With Covid 19 Medical complications reached the next level. People are suffering from undiagnosed diseases. Unfortunately, they are turning into epidemics. Books like The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by an expert, Meghan O’Rourke a great step. It is a step towards understanding and awareness of the masses of invisible autoimmune diseases. Besides, it also talks about the difficulties patients face because of the current healthcare system. She draws on her personal experience and explores the subject with candor.
2.His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa
George Floyd, a symbol of change, gave a new turn to the black struggle against racism. Journalists Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnia in this amazing book, His Name is George Floyd, explored Floyd’s life before his murder by cruel police. The book analyzes how the prevalent racial system murdered him. You will realize that he was already dead due to injustice and unequal treatment he faced regularly. . With the help of interviews, Samuels and Toulouse have illustrated how the death of George Floyd became a symbol of resistance.
3.Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
In 2005, Kate Beaton after her graduation joined Oil Sands to pay her student loans. Stepping into the field, she realized it was not what she thought of. In this great memoir, she has at length explained the harsh realities of the place, and how capitalism, gender biases, and class division are ruining the lives of people. In addition, the book is full of beautiful illustrations. It is one of my highly recommended nonfiction books that will help in understanding the exploitation of capitalists.
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4.An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
New York Times bestseller, An Immense World, How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us is my personal favorite. The way Ed Yong has written it is beyond amazing. An Immense World talks about the beautiful world outside of our self realms; the world that our senses fail to perceive. Ed Young talks about the ordinary beautiful things which have become oblivious to us. Similarly, it explores the existence of different animals and their behavior. He not only talks about their importance of them but also explains why we should stop for a moment and appreciate them. If you want to relax and explore your surroundings while sitting in your comfort zone, then I highly recommend this book.
5.The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff
Stacy Schiff in The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams illuminates the revolutionary role of Samuel Adams in the American revolution. Serving as a biography, the book explores the inspirational life of Adams which is seldom recognized and appreciated in the history of the American Revolution. This book is a must-read to explore the lives and roles of unsung heroes like Adam in revolutions.
6.How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler
An engrossing read, How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler explores creatures of the underworld, Sabrina Imbler examines and provides details of the habitat, families, and sexes of peculiar creatures. Making it interesting, she relates the world and mode of living of oceans with the world of humans. All the facts and information given are fascinating and will amaze you.
7.Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis by Annie Proulx
The climate crisis has reached its peak. Very soon there will be no fresh water. However, the world is still busy increasing its capital. Fen, Bog, and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and its Role in the Climate Crisis talks about the role of wetlands in the climate crisis. Besides, it also dwells upon the role of peatland in spreading diseases. Brimming with scientific facts and information, the author calls for quick action to stop the further destruction of nature.
8.Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor by Kim Kelly
Kim Helly in Fight Like Hell has done a wonderful job in writing the history of laborers. From sex workers to domestic laborers, the book dwells deep into the history of unions and movements. How unions were formed and what role they played in bringing change. The book speaks of not only well-known heroes but also talks of unsung heroes. Besides explaining the past, Kim Kelly also predicted the future of these forces. This is a perfect nonfiction book for understanding the revolutions and working of workers’ unions.