NPR Books We Love 2021

See what books NPR selected as their favorite reads of 2021 and check them out from your local library.  Titles will be rotated regularly, for the full list visit NPR's Books We Love page.
Title Author Cover
The prisoner Sŏg-yŏng Hwang The prisoner cover image
American delirium Betina González American delirium cover image
Raybearer. 02 : Redemptor Jordan Ifueko Raybearer. 02 : Redemptor cover image
Small things like these Claire Keegan Small things like these cover image
Book of the other : small in comparison : essay. prose. poems. antipoems. Truong Tran Book of the other : small in comparison : essay. prose. poems. antipoems. cover image
We are watching Eliza Bright A E Osworth We are watching Eliza Bright cover image
The city of good death Priyanka Champaneri The city of good death cover image
We were never here : a novel Andrea Bartz We were never here : a novel cover image
Creatures of passage Morowa Yejide Creatures of passage cover image
Not here to be liked Michelle Quach Not here to be liked cover image
Yearbook Seth Rogen Yearbook cover image
The crime without a name : ethnocide and the erasure of culture in America Barrett Holmes Pitner The crime without a name : ethnocide and the erasure of culture in America cover image
The Anthropocene reviewed : essays on a human-centered planet John Green The Anthropocene reviewed : essays on a human-centered planet cover image
Against silence Frank Bidart Against silence cover image
Magic candies Hŭi-na Paek Magic candies cover image
Want me : a sex writer's journey into the heart of desire Tracy Clark-Flory Want me : a sex writer's journey into the heart of desire cover image
The free world : art and thought in the Cold War Louis Menand The free world : art and thought in the Cold War cover image
The secret of life : Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the discovery of DNA's double helix Howard Markel The secret of life : Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the discovery of DNA's double helix cover image
A calling for Charlie Barnes : a novel Joshua Ferris A calling for Charlie Barnes : a novel cover image
Dial A for Aunties Jesse Q Sutanto Dial A for Aunties cover image
Palmares Gayl Jones Palmares cover image
Children under fire : an American crisis John Woodrow Cox Children under fire : an American crisis cover image
Until proven safe : the history and future of quarantine Geoff Manaugh Until proven safe : the history and future of quarantine cover image
Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters Detransition, Baby cover image
Rosaline Palmer takes the cake Alexis J Hall Rosaline Palmer takes the cake cover image
Let them lead : unexpected lessons in leadership from America's worst high school hockey team John U Bacon Let them lead : unexpected lessons in leadership from America's worst high school hockey team cover image
Kelala yu tai yang Kazuo Ishiguro Kelala yu tai yang cover image
Who is Maud Dixon? : a novel Alexandra Andrews Who is Maud Dixon? : a novel cover image
Driving while brown : sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino resistance Terry Greene Sterling Driving while brown : sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino resistance cover image
Halfway home : race, punishment, and the afterlife of mass incarceration Reuben Jonathan Miller Halfway home : race, punishment, and the afterlife of mass incarceration cover image
Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally Emily Ladau Demystifying disability : what to know, what to say, and how to be an ally cover image
The little wooden robot and the log princess Tom Gauld The little wooden robot and the log princess cover image
Night bus Ma Zuo Night bus cover image
Cookie bible Rose Levy Beranbaum Cookie bible cover image
The waiting Keum Suk Gendry-Kim The waiting cover image
The natural mother of the child : a memoir of nonbinary parenthood Krys Malcolm Belc The natural mother of the child : a memoir of nonbinary parenthood cover image
Too small Tola author Atinuke Too small Tola cover image
Sunny Song will never be famous Suzanne Park Sunny Song will never be famous cover image
The haunting of Alma Fielding : a true ghost story Kate Summerscale The haunting of Alma Fielding : a true ghost story cover image
Gentrifier : a memoir Anne Elizabeth Moore Gentrifier : a memoir cover image
Klara and the sun Kazuo Ishiguro Klara and the sun cover image
Women and other monsters : building a new mythology Jess Zimmerman Women and other monsters : building a new mythology cover image
A town called Solace Mary Lawson A town called Solace cover image
Zorrie : a novel Laird Hunt Zorrie : a novel cover image
The five wounds : a novel Kirstin Valdez Quade The five wounds : a novel cover image
Let the record show : a political history of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 Sarah Schulman Let the record show : a political history of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 cover image
The cruelty is the point : the past, present, and future of Trump's America Adam Serwer The cruelty is the point : the past, present, and future of Trump's America cover image
Island queen : a novel Vanessa Riley Island queen : a novel cover image
The family Roe : an American story Joshua Prager The family Roe : an American story cover image
Leaving isn't the hardest thing : essays Lauren Hough Leaving isn't the hardest thing : essays cover image
The Copenhagen trilogy : Childhood; Youth; Dependency Tove Irma Margit Ditlevsen The Copenhagen trilogy : Childhood; Youth; Dependency cover image
How the one-armed sister sweeps her house : a novel Cherie Jones How the one-armed sister sweeps her house : a novel cover image
Act your age, Eve Brown : a novel Talia Hibbert Act your age, Eve Brown : a novel cover image
Notes from the burning age Claire North Notes from the burning age cover image
Four lost cities : a secret history of the urban age Annalee Newitz Four lost cities : a secret history of the urban age cover image
Light perpetual : a novel Francis Spufford Light perpetual : a novel cover image
Last night at the Telegraph Club Malinda Lo Last night at the Telegraph Club cover image
The life of the mind : a novel Christine Smallwood The life of the mind : a novel cover image
Tastes like war : a memoir Grace M Cho Tastes like war : a memoir cover image
When evil lived in Laurel : the "White Knights" and the murder of Vernon Dahmer Curtis Wilkie When evil lived in Laurel : the "White Knights" and the murder of Vernon Dahmer cover image
Widespread panic : a novel James Ellroy Widespread panic : a novel cover image
A marvellous light Freya Marske A marvellous light cover image
Until justice be done : America's first civil rights movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction Kate Masur Until justice be done : America's first civil rights movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction cover image
Last call : a true story of love, lust, and murder in queer New York Elon Green Last call : a true story of love, lust, and murder in queer New York cover image
The boy and the sea Camille Andros The boy and the sea cover image
The rock eaters : stories Brenda Peynado The rock eaters : stories cover image
How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House Cherie Jones How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House cover image
The Whiteness of wealth : how the tax system impoverishes Black Americans--and how we can fix it Dorothy A Brown The Whiteness of wealth : how the tax system impoverishes Black Americans--and how we can fix it cover image
Firekeeper's daughter Angeline Boulley Firekeeper's daughter cover image
Poet warrior : a memoir Joy Harjo Poet warrior : a memoir cover image
Filthy animals Brandon Taylor Filthy animals cover image
Revolution in our time : the Black Panther Party's promise to the people Kekla Magoon Revolution in our time : the Black Panther Party's promise to the people cover image
Mary Jane : a novel Jessica Anya Blau Mary Jane : a novel cover image
Cultish : the language of fanaticism Amanda Montell Cultish : the language of fanaticism cover image
On Juneteenth Annette Gordon-Reed On Juneteenth cover image