20 Best Books of 2021- The Year’s Top Book Releases

2021 saw the release of new books by some of our most prominent authors – among them Richard Powers, Jonathan Franzen, Louise Erdrich, Amore Tolls, Ann Patchett, Anthony Doerr, Colson Whitehead and Maggie Shipstead, whose recent work reached the top. 20 list. Some of them, such as Shipstead big circle, They are epics in which the adventures of heroes and heroines illuminate the reader’s imagination, while others go a little larger. For example, Whitehead Harlem Shuffle is a 1960s piece where a furniture dealer gets sucked into Caper; erdrich Sentence A contemporary novel set in a Minneapolis library just like the author’s.

Two of the first novels on our list – breathtaking love songs WEB Du BoisBy Honoré Fanon Jeffers and Nathan Harris sweetness of water—Also selected for Oprah’s Book Club. We have also been struck by the novels of rising stars Patricia Engel, Mariana Enriquez and Virginia Vito.

Maggie Nelson is one of the leading American thinkers, and her remarkable group, on freedomA must-read for anyone wanting to deconstruct the most pressing social debates of the day. and the The man who lived undergroundWritten by Richard Wright in the 1940s but unable to publish at the time, Richard Wright asserts that great literature never loses relevance: its tale of police brutality and racial inequality reads as it does today. Then there’s Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon Reed employment Juneteenth, Her lively personal story of a holiday is finally beginning to deserved.

and for fun, New York, my villageWritten by Uwem Akpan, it parodies the serious book publishing business, while James LaPine put it together It is a reminder, amidst all the uncertainty of our world, that making art and sharing it with audiences is one of those life-affirming acts for which we are made on this planet.

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cloud cuckoo land, by Anthony Doerr

An allusive Greek text casts a spell through millennia, capturing a scintillating cast of characters—from a 1453 teenager in Constantinople to an eco-terrorist in present-day Idaho—in this grandiose marvel of a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Pulitzer Prize. all the light We can not see.



The man who lived underground, Written by Richard Wright

This previously unpublished novel was written by the famous author in the 1940s original son, condemns police brutality and white supremacy with the horrific saga of Fred Daniels, a black man framed with double murder. Wright’s publisher declined to release the book at the time, considering it to be a burner. But this powerful and frighteningly insightful allegory finally saw the light earlier this year, and finally got the podium it long deserved.



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Love songs from WEB Du Bois, By Honoré Fanon Jeffers

This kitchen-table sweeping saga is the great American novel narrated by the family and ancestors of its hero, Ellie Pearl Garfield. Their narratives are grounded in centuries of persecution, sexual abuse, and wounds that made the sense of humor, love and resilience enjoyed by black princes, then and now.



In Freedom: Four Songs About Care and Restriction, by Maggie Nelson

acclaimed author Argonauts It challenges, excites, and ignites this cerebral mix of reports, memoirs, and scholarship on topics ranging from cultural appropriation to climate change, to the distinction between obligation and responsibility. He settled down and watched Nelson’s mind at work and on fire.



big circle, by Maggie Shipstead

Sheepstead’s exhilarating feminist epic is an ode to independence, perseverance, and flight. Marian Greaves is the unforgettable hero at the heart of this Booker-nominated novel, who from an early age just wants to learn to fly. How I was able to make this dream come true as an orphan grew up in Montana in the early twentieth century is a gritty study, and a thrilling rise to the imagination of an unfettered writer.



put it together, by James Labin

Farrar, Strauss and Gero

Three-time winner Tony and a theater Hall of Fame inductee tells how the musical was made Sunday in the park with GeorgeCreated with Stephen Sondheim. This illustrated book features sparkling behind-the-scenes conversations with the cast and crew. Anyone interested in how art is made will love the story of Lapin Legends in Collaboration.



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sweetness of water by Nathan Harris

Newly released in Old Oaks, Georgia, two brothers, Prentice and Landry, work in the home of George and Isabel Walker – a couple mourning their son presumably lost in the Civil War – while also exploring the limits of their independence. A forbidden romance between Confederate soldiers underscores the tension between intimacy and duality in this unique beginning, which also shows how simple acts of courage or violence can spread across time and space.



Lincoln Expressway by Omar Tools

The Tale of Tolls Beccaria is a hymn to American mythology and the innocence of youth. In June 1954, he released four boys — Emmett, a Nebraska teenager, just released from Jovi. his younger brother, Billy, is a scientist; Duchess, a street hustler; and Woolly, heir to a fortune in Manhattan – set out on the road, betting their dreams on opposite coasts, but both are inevitably drawn to New York. author I am a gentlemann Moscow He presented a novel that is both charming and depressing at the same time.



New York, my village, by Uwem Akpan

When Ikung Odosoro ventured from Nigeria to Manhattan to work as a fellow book publisher, he was at first fascinated and then gradually disillusioned by the transcendent cultural superiority of his fellow Americans. This is the author’s first satirical novel Say you are one of them, is both funny and a site.



infinite country, by Patricia Engel

Fifteen-year-old Talia escapes from a girls’ correctional facility in
The Colombian mountains are on a mission to return to Bogota, where her father is waiting with her plane ticket to the United States. It is her only chance to reunite with her mother and siblings whom she has never met. Alternating between Talia’s journey and her parents’ struggle as undocumented immigrants separated by deportation, Engel’s stunning novel is an ode to family and heritage.



Crossroads, by Jonathan Franzen

His strongest work since then The correctionsFranzen’s lavish new novel charts the inner lives of the Hildebrandt, a suburban family steeped in the sands of desire and deception. It’s Christmas 1971, and a devious pastor, his depressed wife, and their four children are torn between religious beliefs and faltering cultural change. Franzen embellishes his novel with an uncanny social note, an American Balzac.



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bewildered, by Richard Powers

A grieving astrophysicist, his spooky 9-year-old son, the fern-filled trails and waterfalls of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee: Among these are the Pulitzer Prize-winning author The exaggeration Weaves a wonderful and generous heartbreak for a novel that mourns our sick planet, as well as our sick souls.



Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning film nods its head with a compelling, immersive tale of a heist that runs amok. By the beginning of the 1960s, Ray Carney, a furniture dealer in Harlem, was caught up in a hotel robbery. Next, he avoids real and imagined dangers, trailing an American dream that ignores his aspirations.



dangers of smoking in bed, by Mariana Enriquez

A budding Argentine star is turning to Gothic gold, dazzling the scars of friendships and attraction in this luminous and vibrant collection whose captivating characters all dance across the spectral line between our world and beyond.



Mrs. Mars, by Virginia Vito

Feito’s thriller debut novel opens a frightening window into the husband’s gas lighting and its effects on his increasingly disengaged wife, Mrs. Marsh…or is the gaslight only in her head? Our heroine is beginning to fear that the walls of the lavish Marchese’s apartment in Manhattan have ears. Elisabeth Moss is set to star in the movie version.



intimacy, by Katie Kitamura

In the wake of her father’s death, the narrator of Kitamura’s crystal novel swaps New York for The Hague, translating into the world court of a West African dictator accused of ethnic cleansing as he stumbles into a twisted romance. Kitamura is drawn to temptations, sexual and otherwise, and her slender, graceful narration trumps her weight, considering the ways in which we deceive each other and ourselves.



These Precious Days: Essays, by Ann Patchett

To read this collection you must be invited to that sacred space where the writer comes out from behind the page to say Hello; Let’s really get to know each other. Stoic, kind-hearted, fierce, funny, intelligent, Patchett’s essays honor what is most important “in this perilous and precious life.”



Sentence, by Louise Erdrich

Novelist, Pulitzer Prize Winner 2021 Night guardian He returns with a deceptive poem for book lovers set in an unnamed bookshop in Minneapolis that closely resembles Birch Park, the store that Erdrich owns in real life. Its weird and wonderful characters – the ex-Tookie crook – care deeply about each other and our turbulent world, but perhaps their deepest passion is…books.



key labels by Cliff Sanneh

From Beyoncé to Kurt Cobain to De La Soul, the stars align in this creative survey of the seven pillars of popular music: rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop, dance and pop. Sanneh brings an infectious fervor to the genres and cross-fertilization of artists and records that are now playlists for an increasingly diverse America. He writes: “Over the past half century, many musicians and listeners have come from tribes.” “what’s wrong with that?”



On Juneteenth, by Annette Gordon Reed

Harvard Law Professor and author of the book Hemmings Monticello, Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, Gordon Reed is the textbook definition of a public thinker; Nonetheless, she takes on character in this slender and evocative memoir, blending tissues from her young Texas childhood with an informal celebration of the demise of slavery and the broader canvas of race in America, as when her public school incorporated:–An aunt…the one who lived in Houston And he was also very extravagant—he bought boxes and boxes of dresses, socks, blouses, skirts, and hats from the most upscale department store in town at the time, Sachwitz…Making sure I dressed to the end was her contribution to the civil rights movement.”


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