The Best New Nonfiction Books Out in October 2022 – Book Riot

Posted By on October 10, 2022

Fall is underway, and my favorite part of the season is when its cool enough to sit outside at a coffee shop and sip a hot caramel apple cider while diving into a new book. More often than not, the books in my stack are nonfiction. It is one of my favorite genres, and this month brings a wealth of new nonfiction books from which to choose! (There are also great novels out, too, like Malinda Los A Scatter of Light and Veronica Roths Poster Girl, but I digress.)

When it comes to nonfiction, Im not picky: Ill read almost anything, as long as it captures my interest and is well-written, with bonus points if it makes me think about something I never really thought about before. Lucky for me (and you!) there are a bunch of great nonfiction books being published this month: memoirs, sociological explorations, science books by notable figures, parenting books, essays, and much more.

Ive rounded up ten new nonfiction releases that youll want to check out, including books exploring disability justice, religious identity, family, queer identity, intergenerational trauma, and the pandemic. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the books being published this month, and if youd like to explore even more great books, check out the Book Riots New Release Index. Get your library cards ready, grab your favorite fall beverage, and lets go!

When the pandemic first struck in 2020, half a million NYC residents left the city. Those who left were mostly rich, with considerable influence. Moss explores the impact this had on the city in this book biking through empty streets, seeing who gets to explore, emerge, and flourish once the controlling, dominant crowd is gone. He posits that without the hypernormal, NYC was able to become more creative and connected than it had been in a long while. But this isnt just an examination of pandemic NYC; Moss braids personal anecdote, cultural analysis, and queer theory into this narrative, resulting in a compelling narrative of the pandemic from a viewpoint not yet seen.

In this book, Piepzna-Samarasinha asks the question of what if in the not-so-distant future most people are disabled, and that isnt a bad thing? They explore how disability justice is an integral part of the future we want to see, a future free of fascism and white supremacy, a future built on communal aid and care, and how disabled wisdom can help save us all. They wrote this over the last two years of the pandemic, bringing in a variety of issues, questions, and thought-provoking topics and plenty of fierce passion and joy. Piepzna-Samarasinha reminds us of the future we envision, and shows us the possibilities inherent in each other.

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Growing up, Hempels family looked pretty typical: mom, dad, three kids. But in reality, her SAHM was lonely, her dad traveled a lot, and Jessi and her siblings struggled emotionally. By the time she was an adult, Hempel had come out as gay, her sister as bisexual, her father as gay, her brother as trans, and her mother as a survivor of a traumatic encounter with an alleged serial killer. All of these truths led to personal journeys for each of them, as well as exploring family bonds and healing.

In this work that blends memoir and cultural criticism, Melnick looks at Dolly Parton feminist icon, sex symbol, inspiration, and more and Partons impact on her life. Each chapter focuses on one of Partons songs, and within those chapters, Melnick explores rape culture, sexual violence, art, family, relationships, feminism, sex work, motherhood, and plenty more. She writes about the complexities and nuances of a public figure, the layers to oneself that trauma can impart, and what people find on the way to recovery.

If you loved Jewells book This Book is Anti-Racist, youll want to check out this book, too especially if you have younger kids in your life. This practical, engaging book is perfect for kids (Id say elementary/upper elementary) to read, look at, and learn from. Jewell writes about systemic racism, identity, and justice in accessible ways, provides practical and actionable ways for kids to get involved and to learn, and is a perfect primer for lots of further conversations with caregivers and friends. (Its also an easy intro for caregivers or teachers, if you need some tips on framing issues and topics for the kids in your life.)

Kadlec grew up in the church, was married to a pastors son, and had a nice life ahead of her except she knew she was queer, and in order to survive, she would have to leave her church and everything she knew. This book blends memoir and cultural criticism, exploring the evangelical movement and its reach into politics, society, and American culture and the devastating effects it has had. This is a powerful book that looks at religion, class, culture, and identity, and carving out a path all your own.

Which one are you reading first?

If youre looking for even more nonfiction, check out this post on the best nonfiction books of the last decade, and new nonfiction that came out this past summer.

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