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Best Culture Books of 2021

  • NONFICTION

    WELCOME TO DUNDER MIFFLIN

    NOV. 16, 2021

NONFICTION

WELCOME TO DUNDER MIFFLIN

by Brian Baumgartner & Ben Silverman

A true insider’s guide filled with sweet surprises for fans and the brainy charm to make new ones. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LINER NOTES FOR THE REVOLUTION

    FEB. 23, 2021

NONFICTION

LINER NOTES FOR THE REVOLUTION

by Daphne A. Brooks

A sui generis and essential work on Black music culture destined to launch future investigations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ROCK ME ON THE WATER

    MARCH 23, 2021

NONFICTION

ROCK ME ON THE WATER

by Ronald Brownstein

An endlessly engaging cultural history that will resonate with anyone alive in 1974. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BELONGING AND BETRAYAL

    SEPT. 21, 2021

NONFICTION

BELONGING AND BETRAYAL

by Charles Dellheim

A brilliant account of Nazi pillage and the ongoing efforts at restitution. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    TACKY

    NOV. 2, 2021

NONFICTION

TACKY

by Rax King

An engaging, hilarious, unabashed look at what we love in culture and why we should value it for what it is. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE BASEBALL 100

    SEPT. 28, 2021

NONFICTION

THE BASEBALL 100

by Joe Posnanski

Red meat, and mighty tasty at that, for baseball fans with an appreciation for the past and power of the game. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    IT'S BETTER TO BE FEARED

    OCT. 12, 2021

NONFICTION

IT'S BETTER TO BE FEARED

by Seth Wickersham

Exemplary sports journalism that examines the front office and dueling egos as much as the gridiron. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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