The best wellness books of 2022

By Faran Krentcil

2 min read

The Intersectional Environmentalist

There are lots of “best of” book lists out there, but none that focus on stories about personal + planetary wellness. Since that’s Wild Elements’ whole deal, we polled our friends and colleagues on their favorite new releases of 2022, including options for foodies, art lovers, and even horror junkies… 

FITNESS: Move the Body, Heal the Mind by Dr. Jennifer Heisz

This gentle exploration of the mind / body connection uses data-backed evidence to prove “fitness” can be anything from a living room dance party to a long walk outdoors. 

FICTION: When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Solà; Translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem

Based on the myths and legends of the Pyrenees Mountains, this award-winning tale follows a troubled family as it finds solace in everyday acts of nature.

FOOD: Eat Plants B**** by Pinky Cole

The Atlanta-based founder of The Slutty Vegan shows readers how to cook “comfort food” like Mac & Cheese and BBQ—and also makes us laugh, because honestly? Cooking is hard.

woman reading a book in the park

HORROR: The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

Eco-horror is a thrilling way to make sense of a changing world, and this book about a lost heiress on an eerie Mexican farming estate? Sometimes terrifying and always fun.

IMPACT: The Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas

Biodiversity and human diversity are dual priorities for a thriving world. Leah Thomas—aka Green Girl Leah—explains why in this exciting book that’s part memoir, part manifesto, and wholly hopeful about a more regenerative future.

KIDS: Still This Love Goes On by Buffy St. Marie

A beautiful illustrated journey through changing seasons, migrating animals, blooming flowers, falling snow, and the one thing—love—that never changes!

SELF-GROWTH: The Seven Circles by Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins

By combining their families’ Indigenous cultures with science and humor, this duo explores a deeper connection to community and nature in small, easy-to-digest steps.

WORKBOOK: Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

Progress, not perfection! That’s the mantra for this journal of guided creative exercises, which doesn’t care if your entries are “good”—just real.