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 third pole : mystery, obsession, and death on Mount Everest Mark Synnott The third pole : mystery, obsession, and death on Mount Everest cover image
Victories Greater Than Death Charlie Jane Anders Victories Greater Than Death cover image
Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa Matthew Gavin Frank Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa cover image
Today a woman went mad in the supermarket : stories Hilma Wolitzer Today a woman went mad in the supermarket : stories cover image
La otra chica negra Zakiya Dalila Harris La otra chica negra cover image
The Copenhagen trilogy : Childhood; Youth; Dependency Tove Irma Margit Ditlevsen The Copenhagen trilogy : Childhood; Youth; Dependency 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
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Crystal Maldonado Fat Chance, Charlie Vega 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
Like other girls Britta Lundin Like other girls cover image
Eyes that kiss in the corners Joanna Ho Eyes that kiss in the corners cover image
People from my neighborhood : stories Hiromi Kawakami People from my neighborhood : stories cover image
Concrete rose Angie Thomas Concrete rose cover image
The genius under the table : growing up behind the Iron Curtain Eugene Yelchin The genius under the table : growing up behind the Iron Curtain cover image
The little wooden robot and the log princess Tom Gauld The little wooden robot and the log princess cover image
The prophets : a novel Robert Jones The prophets : a novel cover image
Why we fly Kimberly Jones Why we fly cover image
I never promised you a rose garden Mannie Murphy I never promised you a rose garden cover image
Refugee high : coming of age in America Elly Fishman Refugee high : coming of age in America cover image
Yellow wife : a novel Sadeqa Johnson Yellow wife : a novel cover image
Taste makers : seven immigrant women who revolutionized food in America Mayukh Sen Taste makers : seven immigrant women who revolutionized food in America 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
Abundance : a novel Jakob Guanzon Abundance : a novel cover image
Landslide : the final days of the Trump White House Michael Wolff Landslide : the final days of the Trump White House cover image
Playlist for the Apocalypse : poems Rita Dove Playlist for the Apocalypse : poems cover image
Catfishing on catnet Naomi Kritzer Catfishing on catnet cover image
Act your age, Eve Brown : a novel Talia Hibbert Act your age, Eve Brown : a novel cover image
The final girl support group Grady Hendrix The final girl support group cover image
Against silence Frank Bidart Against silence cover image
Flying blind : the 737 MAX tragedy and the fall of Boeing Peter Robison Flying blind : the 737 MAX tragedy and the fall of Boeing cover image
The prisoner Sŏg-yŏng Hwang The prisoner cover image
Mr. Watson's chickens Jarrett Dapier Mr. Watson's chickens cover image
Firebreak Nicole Kornher-Stace Firebreak cover image
Jew-ish : reinvented recipes from a modern mensch : a cookbook Jake Cohen Jew-ish : reinvented recipes from a modern mensch : a cookbook cover image
Widespread panic : a novel James Ellroy Widespread panic : a novel cover image
Hummingbird salamander Jeff VanderMeer Hummingbird salamander cover image
Beautiful country : a memoir Qian Julie Wang Beautiful country : a memoir cover image
Night rooms : essays Gina Nutt Night rooms : essays cover image
Baking with Dorie : sweet, salty & simple Dorie Greenspan Baking with Dorie : sweet, salty & simple 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
Our woman in Moscow : a novel Beatriz Williams Our woman in Moscow : a novel cover image
Oh William! : a novel Elizabeth Strout Oh William! : a novel cover image
The life of the mind : a novel Christine Smallwood The life of the mind : a novel cover image
Chetna's 30-minute Indian : quick and easy everyday meals Chetna Makan Chetna's 30-minute Indian : quick and easy everyday meals cover image
Detransition, baby : a novel Torrey Peters Detransition, baby : a novel cover image
Boogie boogie, y'all C G Esperanza Boogie boogie, y'all cover image
Redemptor Jordan Ifueko Redemptor cover image
A psalm for the wild-built Becky Chambers A psalm for the wild-built cover image
Gordo : stories Jaime Cortez Gordo : stories cover image
Chasing me to my grave : an artist's memoir of the Jim Crow South Winfred Rembert Chasing me to my grave : an artist's memoir of the Jim Crow South cover image
Folklorn Angela Mi Young Hur Folklorn cover image
The trees : a novel Percival Everett The trees : a novel cover image
Elegy for Mary Turner : an illustrated account of a lynching Rachel Marie-Crane Williams Elegy for Mary Turner : an illustrated account of a lynching cover image
Poet warrior : a memoir Joy Harjo Poet warrior : a memoir cover image
What strange paradise Omar El Akkad What strange paradise cover image
Wake : the hidden history of women-led slave revolts Rebecca Hall Wake : the hidden history of women-led slave revolts cover image
Cloud cuckoo land : a novel Anthony Doerr Cloud cuckoo land : a novel cover image
Summer sons Lee Mandelo Summer sons cover image
Garlic & the vampire Bree Paulsen Garlic & the vampire cover image
Who is Maud Dixon? : a novel Alexandra Andrews Who is Maud Dixon? : a novel cover image
The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history Margalit Fox The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history cover image
All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake Tiya Miles All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake cover image
The kissing bug : a true story of a family, an insect, and a nation's neglect of a deadly disease Daisy Hernández The kissing bug : a true story of a family, an insect, and a nation's neglect of a deadly disease cover image
Klara and the sun Kazuo Ishiguro Klara and the sun cover image
Happy hour Marlowe Granados Happy hour cover image
Binti : the complete trilogy Nnedi Okorafor Binti : the complete trilogy cover image
I alone can fix it : Donald J. Trump's catastrophic final year Carol Leonnig I alone can fix it : Donald J. Trump's catastrophic final year cover image
Fat chance, Charlie Vega Crystal Maldonado Fat chance, Charlie Vega cover image
A spindle splintered Alix E Harrow A spindle splintered cover image
Taste : my life through food Stanley Tucci Taste : my life through food cover image
Monkey boy : a novel Francisco Goldman Monkey boy : a novel cover image
American delirium Betina González American delirium cover image
The committed Viet Thanh Nguyen The committed cover image
The rock eaters : stories Brenda Peynado The rock eaters : stories cover image
A lot like adiós : a novel Alexis Daria A lot like adiós : a novel cover image