2022 Book Selection Process Notes

The College Reads! committee reviewed books for 2022 The College Reads! program in the fall of 2021. The committee selected How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith (2021). 

2022 The College Reads! Book Nomination List

Title Authors(s)
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas Warren Berger
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Basic Economics Thomas Sowell
Being Heumann: An unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activits Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 
Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer
Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents Isabel Wilkerson
Charleston Syllabus Chad Williams (Editor), Kidada E. Williams (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
Crying in H Mart Michelle Zauner
Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance Edgar Villanueva
Economic Facts and Fallacies Thomas Sowell
End the Fed Ron Paul
Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America Charles Murray
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Sheri Fink
Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One–Click America Alec MacGillis
God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning (hardcover only) Meghan O’Gieblyn
Gold from the Well Julie Daugherty & Jocelyn "Josh" Apo
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law Haben Girma
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
How the Word is Passed Clint Smith
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Jenny Odell
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men Caroline Perez
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson
Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller Chanel Miller
Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Hanif Abdurraqib
Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All Laura Bates
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cathy Park Hong
Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell
Plastic Free. How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too Beth Terry
Red Blood, Yellow Skin, A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam Linda L.T. Baer, formerly Nguyen Thi Loan
Remarkables Margaret Peterson Haddix
Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation Roosevelt Montas
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Jonathan Kozol
Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen Arin Andrews
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel
Stranger than Fanfiction Chris Colfer
Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid
Talking to strangers Malcom Gladwell
The Aalchemist Paulo Coelho
The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: A Memoir Justus Rosenberg
The Birth of All Things Marcus Amaker
The Body Keeps the Score Bessel van der Kolk
The Book of Eels Patrik Svensson
The Central Park Five Sarah Burnes
The Death of Expertise Tom Nichols
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and Adversity Nadine Burke Harris M.D.
The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
The Life Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit John V. Petrocelli
The Quiet Zone Stephen Kurczy
The Red Tent Anita Diamamt
The Talent Code Daniel Coyle
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good f=For You and How to Get Good At It Kelly McGonigal
The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett
The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution Linda R. Monk
The World Without Us Alan Weisman
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store Cait Flanders
There, There Tommy Orange
This Book Will Make You Kinder (book with illustrations) Henry James Garrett
Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Yaa Gyasi
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts Rebecca Hall
Washington Black Esi Edugyan
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy Cathy O'Neil
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner
When Breathe Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
Why We Sleep Matthew walker
World of Wonders Aimee Nezhukumatahil