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Reader List: New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2021


The New York Times Book Review’s
10 Best Books of 2021
submitted in December 2021 by BookMan

I look forward to this list every year, to see whether my own reading interests cross over with the critics. Here’s the NYT “10 best’ list for the 2021 publishing year! (BTW – I’d only read one of these, so I have a lot to look forward to!)


How Beautiful We Were
by Imbolo Mbue

by Ktie Kitamura

The Love Song of W.E.B. DuBois: A Novel
by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

No One is Talking About This
by Patricia Lockwood

When We Cease to Understand the World
by Benjamin Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (eBook and eAudiobook only)


The Copenhagen Trilogy
by Tove Ditlevsen, translated by Tiina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman (Biography Ditlevsen)

How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America
by Clint Smith (306.362 Smi)

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City
by Andrea Elliott (print book on order, eBook available)

On Juneteenth
by Annette Gordon-Reed (306.8 AfrYg)

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
by Heather Clark (Biography – Plath)