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2022 OWL Award Longlist

Posted by Sophie Butler on Nov 03, 2022

2022 OWL Award Longlist

At BookPal we believe in the power of books to ignite continuous learning and growth. That's why five years ago, we created the Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award to recognize books doing just that. Our book experts explore and assess the thousands of books published each year to find books that change the way organizations do business, educators create and teach curriculum, and communities understand and pursue wellbeing. In other words books that are shaping society today.

We are so excited to announce our 2022 OWL Award Longlist! Come see what books from this year have been impactful, distinguished, one-of-a-kind, admirable, and/or inspirational. 


  1. Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--And How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari
  2. The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel H. Pink
  3. Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters by Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn
  4. Radical Curiosity: Questioning Commonly Held Beliefs to Imagine Flourishing Futures by Seth Goldenberg
  5. The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future by Orly Lobel


  1. CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra
  2. Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others by Stephen M.R. Covey
  3. Blind Spot: The Global Rise of Unhappiness and How Leaders Missed It by Jon Clifton 
  4. Dare to un-Lead: The Art of Relational Leadership in a Fragmented World by Céline Schillinger
  5. Leading with Heart: Five Conversations That Unlock Creativity, Purpose, and Results by John Baird and Edward Sullivan


  1. The Gift of Influence: Creating Life-Changing and Lasting Impact in Your Everyday Interactions by Tommy Spaulding 
  2. Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard by Bo Seo
  3. Love + Work: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life by Marcus Buckingham
  4. Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) by Amy Gallo
  5. Why Managers Matter: The Perils of the Bossless Company by Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein


  1. Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect by Will Guidara
  2. The JOLT Effect: How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision by Ted McKenna and Matthew Dixon
  3. Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication by Vanessa Van Edwards
  4. Moving to Outcomes: Why Partnerships Are the Future of Marketing by Robert Glazer and Matt Wool
  5. Competing on Thought Leadership by Robert S. Buday


  1. Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (and Why It's Different Than You Think) by Reshma Saujani
  2. Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs by Jamie Fiore Higgins
  3. The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women's Dead-End Work by Linda Babcock, Laurie Weingart, Brenda Peyser, and Lise Vesterlund
  4. Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work by Tina Opie and Beth A. Livingston
  5. Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World by Eliza Reid


  1. Happiness Around the World by Kate Baker and Wazza Pink
  2. My Fade is Fresh by Shauntay Grant
  3. That's Not My Name by Anoosha Syed
  4. You Are My Favorite Color by Gillian Sze
  5. Out of a Jar by Deborah Marcero
  6. Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho


  1. The Secret of the Jade Bangle by Linda Trinh
  2. The Road to After by Rebekah Lowell
  3. Izzy's Tail of Trouble by Caroline Adderson and Kelly Collier
  4. Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
  5. A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar


  1. Turning by Joy L. Smith
  2. Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King
  3. I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
  4. New From Here by Kelly Yang
  5. African Town by Charles Waters


  1. Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
  2. How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur
  3. Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto by Edafe Okporo
  4. Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte
  5. Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain


  1. On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation by Kim Samuel
  2. The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple by Ben Aitken
  3. A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney
  4. Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness by Laura Coates
  5. In Search of Common Ground: Inspiring True Stories of Overcoming Hate in a Divided World by Bastian Berbner