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11 Early 2021 Books We Love

  • FICTION

    SUMMERWATER

    JAN. 12, 2021

FICTION

SUMMERWATER

by Sarah Moss

A psychologically acute depiction of modern Britain through the lens of one rainy summer day. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE RIB KING

    JAN. 19, 2021

FICTION

THE RIB KING

by Ladee Hubbard

An imaginative work craftily depicting the failure of imagination that is American racism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SEND FOR ME

    FEB. 2, 2021

FICTION

SEND FOR ME

by Lauren Fox

An intimate, insightful, intricately rendered story of intergenerational trauma and love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    AMERICAN KOMPROMAT

    JAN. 26, 2021

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

AMERICAN KOMPROMAT

by Craig Unger

A must-read. The gun’s not quite smoking, but the barrel’s plenty hot, and there are Russian shell casings all around. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL

    JAN. 19, 2021

NONFICTION

THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL

by Janice P. Nimura

A compellingly portrayed and vividly realized biography of triumph and trailblazing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FLOATING IN A MOST PECULIAR WAY

    FEB. 2, 2021

NONFICTION

FLOATING IN A MOST PECULIAR WAY

by Louis Chude-Sokei

A beautifully written contribution to recent work of the African diaspora. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE BROKEN RAVEN

    JAN. 12, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BROKEN RAVEN

by Joseph Elliott

A superlative middle volume, adding depth and scope without sacrificing clarity or theme. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE YEAR I FLEW AWAY

    FEB. 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE YEAR I FLEW AWAY

by Marie Arnold

Pratchett-like worldbuilding centers immigrant kids in a story filled with culture, humor, and heart. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TEN LITTLE DUMPLINGS

    JAN. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

TEN LITTLE DUMPLINGS

by Larissa Fan ; illustrated by Cindy Wume

Stepping out of the shadows: a gentle, persuasive #ownvoices take on a hitherto-untold perspective. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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