Seattle Staff Faves 2022: Nonfiction

Library staff across the city weighed in on their favorite nonfiction books published in 2022 — and what a great list we created together! Read on for highlights of the excellent nonfiction included, with raves from staff; or jump straight into the full 36-item list.

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
“This graphic memoir is an utterly absorbing account of Beaton’s time spent working in the Alberta oil sands to pay off her college debts and an unflinching look at the human and environmental costs of an extractive capitalist system.” – Abby

 How to Keep House While Drowning by K.C. Davis
“A quick, compassionate read that provides a grounded approach to making your home life work for you when mental health, disability, or the weight of capitalism are impacting your ability to keep house.” – Micah
“KC Davis’ neurodivergent-friendly approach is particularly important to me.​” – Orion

Red Paint by Sasha taqwéseblu LaPointe
“CW: generational, colonial, and personal trauma.
The audiobook is narrated by the author! A coming of age story about processing and working through trauma that’s also so much more than that. Sasha taqwéseblu LaPointe, a Coast Salish musician and writer takes you on a journey both geographically (throughout the PNW) and introspectively through her search for healing and ‘home.’” – Kristy

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Teen Staff Faves 2022

Each year, we ask library staff around the system for their favorite books published that year.  Here are this year’s teen titles.

In The Charmed List by Julie Abe, Ellie and Jack, two teens with magical abilities, are forced to go on a road trip as punishment for a prank gone wrong. Along the way, Ellie realizes that Jack has been helping her cross off items on her senior year bucket list, including falling in love.

Akwaeke Emezi’s Bitter follows an art student who attends an art school and makes challenging art while revolution roils the city around her, but when anti-protest violence harms one of her friends, she makes her most provocative art as revenge.

Jenny Ferguson’s The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, a complex novel, follows Lou, whose secure summer job at her uncles’ ice cream parlor is threatened by her father’s letters from prison and his desire to return to her life, her boyfriend’s volatility, and the possibility that her uncles’ ice cream parlor may not make enough money to stay in business.

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Kids Staff Faves 2022

As the year draws to a close, we enjoy asking staff from across the library system to share their favorite Kids books of the year.  From picture books to chapter books, and from graphic novels to nonfiction – here are just a few of the Kids books published in 2022 that our SPL staff loved!

(Annotations are by enthusiastic staff, and/or from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, or publisher blurbs.)

Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by David Roberts
PICTURE BOOK / Grandma is on her way over, and the house is a mess – but with a sneaky cat and a wildly mixed-up list of chores, will the house (and the cat) ever get cleaned up?  “My favorite picture book this year – I can’t wait to read it out loud to kids; the rhymes and story are delightful.” – Jessica

Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson, illustrated by Daniel Sousa
PICTURE BOOK FOLKTALE / “A beautiful retelling of an Indigenous Hawaiian legend, by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (of “Kumu Hina” fame), this multilingual picture book celebrates Hawaiian culture, language, and māhū (non-binary) people.”  – Bean

The Tide Pool Waits by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Amy Hevron
PICTURE BOOK NONFICTION / A delightful look at a unique aquatic environment that will nourish children’s natural sense of wonder. -Kirkus Reviews  “A fun introduction to the world of tide pools!”  – Bean

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Seattle Staff Faves 2022: Fiction

A New Year approaches which can only mean that it is once again time for us to share our Staff Favorites for another year. Here is some of our favorite recent fiction for grown ups – you’ll find the whole list here.

Small Game, by Blair Braverman. “A wild chase up to and beyond the end! A survival game show – like Alone but fictionalized – in the very far northwoods where participants are filmed daily by a crew along with cameras in the trees. No alone time here! And no escape. The unthinkable happens! I read it in one day.” – Christine

A Prayer for the Crown Shy, by Becky Chambers. “Chambers continues her Monk & Robot novellas with another deeply philosophical tale. Sibling Dex is still unsure about their future, and Mosscap has many questions that may not have answers.” – Cassandra Continue reading “Seattle Staff Faves 2022: Fiction”

Ten Non-Fiction Books We Loved in 2018

As the New Year approaches, join our librarians in looking back on our favorite reading of the year gone by. By popular acclaim, here are ten non-fiction titles that made the biggest impact on us in 2018. (Fiction and books for youth will follow in the days to come).

2018 was a huge year for books about society and politics, and while journalistic potboilers focused on the executive branch may have garnered all the hype, we think that long after most of these are forgotten, Jill Lepore’s magisterial and insightful These Truths: A History of the United States is likely to be stimulating and provoking conversation among readers. Likewise, Mona Hanna-Attisha’s gripping first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, provides a powerful and inspiring account of the confluence of environmental and racial issues in America today. Continue reading “Ten Non-Fiction Books We Loved in 2018”