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Sélection du New York Times : meilleurs titres parus en 2022

Tous les ans, la rédaction de la New York Times Book Review sélectionne une dizaine de titres notoires publiés au cours de l’année, en fiction et en non fiction. Pour 2022, notre agence représente plusieurs des titres figurant dans la liste des 10 Best Books of 2022. Voici les critiques :

STAY TRUE: A Memoir
by Hua Hsu
Doubleday, September 2022

“In this quietly wrenching memoir, Hsu recalls starting out at Berkeley in the mid-1990s as a watchful music snob, fastidiously curating his tastes and mercilessly judging the tastes of others. Then he met Ken, a Japanese American frat boy. Their friendship was intense, but brief. Less than three years later, Ken would be killed in a carjacking. Hsu traces the course of their relationship — one that seemed improbable at first but eventually became a fixture in his life, a trellis along which both young men could stretch and grow.”

UNDER THE SKIN: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation
by Linda Villarosa
Doubleday, June 2022

“Through case histories as well as independent reporting, Villarosa’s remarkable third book elegantly traces the effects of the legacy of slavery — and the doctrine of anti-Blackness that sprang up to philosophically justify it — on Black health: reproductive, environmental, mental and more. Beginning with a long personal history of her awakening to these structural inequalities, the journalist repositions various narratives about race and medicine — the soaring Black maternal mortality rates; the rise of heart disease and hypertension; the oft-repeated dictum that Black people reject psychological therapy — as evidence not of Black inferiority, but of racism in the health care system.”

DEMON COPPERHEAD
by Barbara Kingsolver
Harper, October 2022

N.B. : Les droits de langue française ne sont plus disponibles pour ce titre.

“Kingsolver’s powerful new novel, a close retelling of Charles Dickens’s “David Copperfield” set in contemporary Appalachia, gallops through issues including childhood poverty, opioid addiction and rural dispossession even as its larger focus remains squarely on the question of how an artist’s consciousness is formed. Like Dickens, Kingsolver is unblushingly political and works on a sprawling scale, animating her pages with an abundance of charm and the presence of seemingly every creeping thing that has ever crept upon the earth.”

THE PLANT LOVE KITCHEN de Marisa Moore

In this easy-to-use guide, Marisa Moore offers a flexible approach—backed by the latest nutritional science—to a more plant-forward diet that can improve your health. With step-by-step tips to transform your plate, she offers 75 delicious recipes to help you reach your wellness goals.

THE PLANT LOVE KITCHEN:
An Easy Guide to Plant-Forward Easting, with 75+ Recipes
by Marisa Moore
National Geographic, April 2023
(via Defiore and Company)

According to the latest scientific research, eating with a plant slant and focusing on whole foods—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts—is key to a longer, healthier life. In fact, new studies show that a plant-forward diet can increase your longevity by up to eight years.
Still, flipping the make-up of your plate and reversing years of eating habits can be tricky. But not anymore! Nutritionist and food blogger Marisa Moore’s THE PLANT LOVE KITCHEN
 helps you easily integrate a plant-forward diet into your life.
In this approachable guide, Moore breaks down the benefits of a flexitarian diet for your health, disease prevention, and overall well-being, based on the latest research. Then, she reveals a transition plan to make the plant-forward approach a long-lasting lifestyle, including tips and tricks for a prepared kitchen and pantry. This isn’t a one-size-fits all approach, but an adaptable method that will leave you feeling younger, stronger, mentally fit, and healthy.
Once you’ve got the kitchen prepared, take on 75 delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, including:

Fully Loaded Breakfast CookiesMake-Ahead Spinach Breakfast Wraps
One-Skillet Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
Roasted Shrimp Pineapple and Pepper Tacos
Maple-Miso Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Cocoa Almond Truffles
And more!

Practical, relatable, and enlightening, this book is the ultimate resource for remaking your diet and extending your life by years.

Marisa Moore, R.D., is a nutritionist with a background in chemical engineering who previously worked for the CDC. Now, she runs a popular food blog with more than 52,000 followers on Instagram. She is a contributing editor for Food and Nutrition magazine and a trusted expert regularly featured in People magazine, US News & World Report, HuffPostNBC Nightly News, Today, The Dr. Oz Show, and Morning Express on HLN.

OF TIME AND TURTLES de Sy Montgomery, illustré par Matt Patterson

From National Book Award finalist for The Soul of an Octopus and New York Times bestseller Sy Montgomery comes an ode to one of the most diverse, fascinating, and beloved species on the planet: turtles. With elegance, journalistic curiosity, and gorgeous artwork, this nonfiction investigation speaks to the wonder and wisdom of our long-lived cohabitants, who reveal to us astonishing new perspectives on time and healing.

OF TIME AND TURTLES:
Mending a Stalled and Broken World, Shell by Shattered Shell
by Sy Montgomery
illustrated by Matt Patterson
Mariner/HarperCollins, September 2023

When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles—with wounds so severe that even veterinarians would have dismissed them as fatal—are given a second chance at life. The League’s founders, Natasha and Alexxia, live by one motto: Never give up on a turtle.
But why turtles? What is it about them that inspires such devotion? Ancient and unhurried, long-lived and majestic, their lineage stretches back to the time of the dinosaurs. Some live to two hundred years, or longer. Others spend months buried under cold winter water. Sy turns to these little understood yet endlessly surprising creatures to probe the eternal question: How can we make peace with our time?
In pursuit of the answer, Sy and Matt immerse themselves in the delicate work of protecting turtle nests, incubating eggs, rescuing sea turtles, and releasing hatchlings to their homes in the wild. We follow the snapping turtle Fire Chief on his astonishing journey as he battles against injuries incurred by a truck.
Hopeful and optimistic, OF TIME AND TURTLES
 is an antidote to the instability of our frenzied world. Elegantly blending science, memoir, philosophy, and drawing on cultures from across the globe, this compassionate portrait of injured turtles and their determined rescuers invites us all to slow down and slip into turtle time.
Includes a signature of photos of the cast (both turtles and humans) plus stunning, photo-realistic full color paintings by artist Matt Patterson. 

Researching her articles, films, scripts, and 33 books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has scuba-dived with sharks, cuddled with octopuses, slept next to a mother hippo and her baby, and been undressed by a wild orangutan. To inform this book, she and artist Matt Patterson helped rescue cold-stunned sea turtles on Cape Cod, raised baby painted turtles for release into the wild, and provided physical therapy for an injured, 42-pound wild snapping turtle named Fire Chief. They still regularly patrol a nesting site for native New England turtles against predators and volunteer at Turtle Rescue League in southern Massachusetts.

PARIS: The Memoir de Paris Hilton

Behind Paris Hilton’s meteoric rise from Upper West Side club kid to household name lies her self-proclaimed “superpower” of ADHD and a hidden history that traumatized and defined her. Shocking, funny, and surprisingly profound, PARIS is the deeply personal memoir of the ultimate It Girl and a stunning inside view of a pop culture phenomenon.

PARIS: The Memoir
by Paris Hilton
Dey Street/HarperCollins, March 2023

Until, in a revealing documentary, Paris Hilton disclosed that her childhood was shattered by two years of strip searches, isolation, beatings, restraint, and brainwashing within the now infamous “troubled teen industry,” Paris Hilton was simply the billionaire heiress America had watched grow up on television, on the internet, and in tabloids. But there was always more to Paris Hilton than met the eye. Yes, she is the media personality, DJ, entrepreneur, model, singer, actress, and icon beloved all over the globe. And yet…
PARIS
 is the story people have always wanted Paris Hilton to tell—the story of who she really is. In this revealing and thought-provoking book, Hilton will separate the creation from the creator, the brand from the ambassador, and show the woman who grew up with incredible privilege but was also trapped in a world of unreasonable expectation at a moment when young women were humiliated for sport in a gossip economy on steroids. PARIS recounts her perilous journey through pre-#METOO sexual politics with grace, generosity, and plenty of fun, rising above a series of heart-wrenching challenges to find healing, lasting love, and a life of meaning and purpose.
The parallel story arcs in Hilton’s braided narrative come to full bloom as a watershed portrait of the Aughts, challenging each of us to question our role in her story and her role in ours.
 The result is an intimate and unexpected memoir about persona and personification, the price of being young and disobedient, and the complexity of manifesting your dreams after watching part of yourself disappear.

Paris Hilton is the world’s most recognizable influencer and entrepreneur. Since starring in The Simple Life, Hilton has become the media expert, building a global empire as a DJ, entrepreneur, recording artist, philanthropist, actress, model, and author.

POETS SQUARE de Courtney Gustafson

Beautifully written literary nonfiction about animals with a profound core like H Is for Hawk and Fox and I. Structured in smart, snappy personal essays that probe at the problems of personhood in the internet age, it will appeal to fans of Melissa Broder or Jia Tolentino, and its introspective, generous thinking on self and society evokes Wintering.

POETS SQUARE:
Essays on Cats & Community
by Courtney Gustafson
Crown, 2024
(via Frances Goldin Literary Agency)

When Courtney Gustafson moved into a new rental in the Poets Square neighborhood in Tuscon, Arizona, she would never have guessed that a colony of feral cats living in her driveway would change her life forever. Settling into a secure romantic relationship while it felt like the world around her was burning down, she couldn’t know how reluctantly, then profoundly, she would come to care about the health and safety of those thirty-some-odd neglected cats: Beebs, Lola, Sadboy, Goldie, Dr. Big Butt, Reverse Monkey, Rihanna, and so many more.
She had no idea about the grief and hardship of animal rescue, the staggering size of the problem. And she couldn’t have imagined how that struggle—towards an ethics of care, of individuals trying their best amidst spectacularly failing systems—would help pierce a personal darkness she’d wrestled with much of her life. She also didn’t expect that the TikTok and Instagram accounts she created about the cats would end up with a just shy of a combined million followers.
POETS SQUARE is a memoir-in-essays about becoming an accidental cat rescuer, going viral, creating community, and surviving capitalism. These essays tell the brutal and tender stories of cats Courtney has saved (or failed to save) as a lens to explore everything from poverty and mental health to morality and misogyny. We see how cat rescue—despite its often-enormous sadness—paradoxically helped in a struggle with depression, showing the way towards an interrelated community of cats and care. The book explores caretaking and kindness in the face of a broken system: what it means for an individual to refuse to throw their hands up, to insist on showing up regardless of insurmountable problems, to search for ways to be a good person in the face of crushing overwhelm.

Courtney Gustafson is the creator of @PoetsSquareCats on TikTok (918k) and Instagram (61k). Her cats and rescue work have been featured on The Dodo, Newsweek, Best Friends Animal Society Magazine, and elsewhere. Before she had thirty cats, she completed a masters degree and PhD coursework in rhetoric and composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her interests included community literacies and literacy within incarcerated populations. She taught first-year writing at UMass before leaving academia to work in nonprofit communications. Most recently she’s worked for a large regional food bank, managing social media strategy, storytelling, fundraising, and crisis communications. She has continued to teach creative writing and adult basic literacy as a volunteer in prisons and in refugee communities in Tucson, Arizona, and volunteers as a mentor to incarcerated writers with PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Lady Science, Word Riot, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere.