The Best American Magazine Writing 2022

Jan 1, 2023 | Books

Quick Take

I love a good collection of essays/magazine writing so I was curious to check out this collection of the best magazine writing in America for 2022. It was an excellent and interesting read that was educational , entertaining, eye-opening, and thought-provoking.

What Topics Are Covered?

The topics of the articles were quite diverse and included pieces on the COVID pandemic, the James Webb Space Telescope, the exploration of Venus, abortion, Jake Paul and his boxing career, the problems with the guardianship industry, an “on the streets” look at the fall of Kabul, racism and the founder of the Audubon Society founder, the aftermath of 9/11, and personal stories and profiles that were quite diverse. The authors range from journalists to famous people (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to published authors (Ann Patchett).

My Thoughts

I loved moving from one essay to another and discovering an entirely new world or person to explore. There wasn’t a bad piece in the book, but obviously your “favorites” will depend on your own personal preferences. For example, I particularly liked the essay by Ann Patchett because I’m a fan of her writing. However, I was just as interested in pieces by writers I’ve never heard of and topics I didn’t know anything about.

Some of the essays gave me a greater insight into current events–such as the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and all that was involved in designing and launching it. I’d known it was already a success with all the photos that have been featured in the news, but reading about all the possible issues and design challenges gave me some more depth and context to what went into getting those photos.

The pieces were drawn from a variety of publications and websites, such as The Atlantic, Harper’s, Popular Science, Quanta, Women’s Health, AARP the Magazine,Texas Highways, ESPN.com, BuzzFeed News and more. So you’re definitely being exposed to writing from sources that you may not come across or read in your daily life.

All in all, this was a satisfying read that I found quite edifying and interesting.

My thanks for NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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