Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2022

Books are a wellspring, and once again Smithsonian curators, historians, directors and other staffers have looked to 2022 titles for both scholarship and solace. From rich biographies and memoirs to a bold study of the origins of empire and systemic racism; from a fiction taking place at the world’s end to a heartfelt book of poetry; and from a defense of the venture capitalist to a rationale for protecting urban wildlife, this year’s list of curatorial picks represents the sometimes quixotic range of interests, research and educational pursuits that take place behind the scenes at the Smithsonian.
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