The 20 Best Autumn Nonfiction Books to Read in 2022

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Fall may be our most exciting season for books, as publishers churn out a wealth of compelling titles across genres. With days shortening and cold in the air, Oprah’s Daily curates this fall’s best real-life acts, a brisk tour from Pakistani kitchens to Mexican deserts to Hollywood red carpets.

No award cycle would be complete without a celebrity movie memoir. Academy Award winner Paul Newman (1925-2008) has worked on a deeply investigative account for years, piecing together scripts with family, friends, and foes, now assembled into the actor’s portrait as a flawed man. Gemmel Hill was fired from her job at ESPN when she called President Trump a “white supremacist.” The Atlantic The journalist and commentator put things right. American history is hard work in progress, leading us toward a more perfect union. New books from Kerri K. Greenidge and Stacy Schiff upend the scripts of our nation’s most cherished legends and characters. With the midterms approaching, current affairs drive much of our rhetoric. Scholars and activists such as Dalia Lithwick and Brandi Collins Dexter expand and advance our understanding of hot issues, such as the threatening future of abortion rights and the critical roles of grassroots activists. The Covid pandemic has also revealed the many ways our world has changed, seemingly overnight; Two prominent science writers, David Kwamen and Siddhartha Mukherjee, have added their voices to the urgent debates still raging around the world as we all confront a rising microbe and the shameful inequalities that have plagued medicine.

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Lady Justiceby Dalia Lithwick

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blackheaded skinWritten by Brandi Collins Dexter

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breathlessWritten by David Komen

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Solitoby Javier Zamora

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By hands now knownWritten by Margaret A Burnham

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cell songby Siddhartha Mukherjee

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The Grimexby Keri K. Greenedge

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Ted Kennedyby John A. Farrell

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hardby Jemele Hill

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Martha Grahamby Neil Baldwin

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strangers to ourselvesWritten by Rachel Aviv

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Paul NewmanWritten by Paul Newman

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revolutionaryWritten by Stacy Schiff

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The storm is hereby Luke Mogelson

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Come in Septemberby Daryl Pinckney

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mosquito bowlby Buzz Bissinger

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And there was lightby John Meacham

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like a rolling rockWritten by Jan S. Winner

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