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12 Most Addictive Books of 2021 (So Far)

  • FICTION

    GREAT CIRCLE

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

GREAT CIRCLE

by Maggie Shipstead

Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines—but it never falls from the sky. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ARSONISTS' CITY

    MARCH 9, 2021

FICTION

THE ARSONISTS' CITY

by Hala Alyan

Painful and joyous, sad and funny—impossible to put down. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE

    MARCH 9, 2021

FICTION

HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE

by Imbolo Mbue

A fierce, up-to-the-minute novel that makes you sad enough to grieve and angry enough to fight back. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WHO IS MAUD DIXON?

    MARCH 2, 2021

FICTION

WHO IS MAUD DIXON?

by Alexandra Andrews

Terrific characters, vivid settings, and a deliciously dastardly, cunningly constructed plot. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DON'T CALL IT A CULT

    APRIL 20, 2021

NONFICTION

DON'T CALL IT A CULT

by Sarah Berman

An incendiary, serpentine report on criminal manipulation of staggering proportions. Full review >

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  • 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 >

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  • NONFICTION

    AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS

    APRIL 20, 2021

NONFICTION

AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS

by Margaret Kimball ; illustrated by Margaret Kimball

A welcome debut that will leave readers eager for a successor—and soon. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BLOOD GUN MONEY

    FEB. 23, 2021

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

BLOOD GUN MONEY

by Ioan Grillo

Vigorous on-the-ground reporting and a big-picture view combine to make this a jarring portrait of clear and present danger. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE BOX IN THE WOODS

    JUNE 15, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BOX IN THE WOODS

by Maureen Johnson

A fantastic stand-alone mystery companion revisits a much-loved sleuth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FROM LITTLE TOKYO, WITH LOVE

    MAY 11, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FROM LITTLE TOKYO, WITH LOVE

by Sarah Kuhn

A beautiful and entertaining blend of family, romance, and self-discovery. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    FRAGILE REMEDY

    MARCH 9, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FRAGILE REMEDY

by Maria Ingrande Mora

A boy-loves-boy dystopian fantasy for anyone needing a heartbreaking thrill. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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