Bill’s 2022 Picks

Every year, Marine resident and library volunteer Bill Simpson, who is also a voracious reader, releases his “best of the year” list of books. This year’s list features all books that are available from the Marine Community Library. View the list, below, or download the list here.

Bill’s Picks- From the Marine Community Library for 2022


  1. Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson (2022, 400p)
  2. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (2022, 550p) Contemporary David Copperfield
  3. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (2021,550p) Runaway brothers on an adventure
  4. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (2021, 600p)
  5. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (2021, 380p)
  6. I Must Betray You by Rita Sepetrys (2022, 300p) Teen selection that works for adults- Romania under Ceausescu
  7. The Barrens: A Novel of Love and Death in the Canadian Arctic by Curt Johnson and Ellie Johnson (2022,215p)
  8. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (2022, 250p)
  9. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng (2022, 275p)


  1. Riverman: An American Odyssey by Ben McGrath (2022, 250p) Adult Huck Finn as philosopher canoeist
  2. Freezing Order by Bill Browder (2022, 275p) Follow-up to Red Notice
  3. The Sun is a Compass by Caroline Van Hamert (2019, 300p) Adventure in Alaska
  4. The Writing of the Gods by Edward Dolnick (2021, 250p) Deciphering of the Rosetta Stone
  5. River of the Gods by Candace Millard (2022,275p) Search for the source of the Nile
  6. Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris (2022, 260p) Audiobook read by Sedaris is also available
  7. Two Wheels Good by Jody Rosen (2022, 350p) Comprehensive book about the bicycle’s place in history
  8. Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles (2022, 300p) A chilling book with MN connections
  9. Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck (2022, 350p) River trip in 1830’s boat replica
  10. Agent Josephine by Damien Lewis (2022, 400p) Josephine Baker’s life as a spy in Paris
  11. American Midnight by Adam Hochschild (2022, 350p) 1917-21 were turbulent years in U.S. history
  12. Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2022, 400p) Pulitzer author of The Emperor of All Maladies
  13. Breathless: The Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen (2022, 300p)


  1. The Runaway by Nick Petrie (2022, 300p)
  2. Every Cloak Rolled in Blood by James Lee Burke (2022, 250p) Semi-autobiographical
  3. The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt (2021, 220p) Hillbilly noir, seems to be a trend
  4. The Island by Adrian McKinty (2022, 375p) Old-fashioned British whodunit in Australia
  5. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva (2022, 275p)
  6. The Matchmaker: A Spy in Berlin by Paul Vidich (2022, 260p)
  7. State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny (2021, 350p) Surprisingly good thriller
  8. Winter Work by Dan Fesperman (2022, 340p) Espionage in Berlin as the wall comes down
  9. Desert Start by Michael Connelly (2022, 400p) Harry Bosch using latest DNA technology