What Time’s the Next Cult?

Every year one of the most intriguing book discussions is announced by Atomic Books but somehow this year I just found out about it. I blame Covid. Still, it’s only August and there’s still time to read. Furthermore. the selections are still guaranteed to rearrange your little gray cells. Note the juicy selections as introduced in the Atomic Reading Club for 2022 – Cults.

As people, we continue to organize around belief structures, and then we apply purity tests to allies to make ourselves feel more righteous, more true, superior. But where can this lead? Our 2022 theme is Cults – what is a cult? Is one person’s religion another’s cult? Can a book club become a cult?


  • January – American Cult: A Graphic History Of Religious Cults In America by various
  • February – Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
  • March – I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad by Baynard Woods / Brandon Soderberg
  • April – The Girls by Emma Cline
  • May – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • June – Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  • July – The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
  • August – Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
  • September – American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
  • October – Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
  • November – Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead by Bill Griffith
  • December – Joseph Smith And The Mormons by Noah Van Sciver

Join the Cult; read the book; drink the Kool-Aid. Abide.

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