NY Times names Akwaeke Emezi’s “You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty” in its Best Books of 2022

The New York Times Book Review’s writers have announced their 100 Notable Books of 2022 to include You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Nigeria’s Akwaeke Emezi.

The  list runs the gamut from memoirs to scientific essays to poetry collections. 

To simplify things, the Times Book Review also released a shorter list, featuring their 10 top books of the year overall — five fiction and five non-fiction:

See some of the books listed below:

“The Candy House” by Jennifer Egan

“Checkout 19” by Claire-Louise Bennett

“Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver

“The Furrows” by Namwali Serpell

“Trust” by Hernan Diaz

“An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong

“Stay True: A Memoir” by Hua Hsu

“Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us” by Rachel Aviv

“Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our Nation” by Linda Villarosa

“We Don’t Know Ourselves” by Fintan O’Toole


“Bliss Montage” by Ling Ma

“Either/Or” by Elif Bautman

“If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escoffery

“Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez

“You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty” by Akwaeke Emezi


“Also a Poet” by Ada Calhoun

“Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It” by Kaitlyn Tiffany

“Secret City” by James Kirchick

“Solito” by Javier Zamora

“Under the Skin” by Linda Villarosa


“Black Folk Could Fly” by Randall Kenan

“Come Back in September” by Darryl Pinckney

“Constructing a Nervous System” by Margo Jefferson

“Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands” by Kate Beaton

“Easy Beauty” by Chloé Cooper Jones


“Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong” by Louisa Lim

“Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire” by Caroline Elkins

“Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy to Life” by Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman

“Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe” by David Maraniss

“Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne” by Katherine Rundell


“Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus” by David Quammen

“Life Between the Tides” by Adam Nicholson

“The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

“Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us” by Rachel Aviv


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