Best books of 2021

the bestMany of the "BookPage Best Books of 2021"  - in fiction and non-fiction - are available at the library!

Titles link to the record in our catalog, where you can place a hold with your library card, and pick up the book at the library.

Happy Reading, and here's to a safe and happy 2022!


The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, by Honorée Jeffers

Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead

Cloud Cuckoo Landby Anthony Doerr

Hell of a Bookby Jason Mott

Matrixby Lauren Groff

Damnation Springby Ash Davidson

The Prophetsby Robert Jones Jr.

Crossroadsby Jonathan Franzen

Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

How Beautiful We Wereby Imbala Mbue

What Comes Afterby JoAnne Tompkins *


Honorable Mention

The books below were listed as Best Books of 2021 on various publications, including The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, and others.

The Push: A Novel, by Ashley Audrain*

This Close to Okayby Leesa Cross-Smith

Girl A, by Abigail Dean

Let Me Tell You What I Mean, by Joan Didion*

Infinite Countryby Patricia Engel

The Wife Upstairs, by Rachel Hawkins

The Final Girl Support Groupby Grady Hendrix

The Kindest Lie, by Nancy Johnson

All Girlsby Emily Layden

The War of Gloriaby Atticus Lish

No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood*

Milk Blood Heat, by Dantiel W. Moniz*

Summerwater, by Sarah Moss*

The Lost Apothecaryby Sarah Penner

My Year Abroad, by Chang Rae-Lee

The Kitchen Frontby Jennifer Ryan

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, by Wole Soyinka

Harlem Shuffleby Colson Whitehead

The Fourth Child, by Jessica Winter



Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, by Patrick Radden Keefe

Facing the Mountainby Daniel James Brown

Four Hundred Soulsedited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

The Secret to Superhuman Strengthby Alison Bechdel

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human raceby Walter Isaacson

Cultishby Amanda Montell


Honorable Mention

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Stroy of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitlerby Rebecca Donner


* Ebook and/or e-audio only

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