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Best Books of 2021: Best Book Lists

Includes lists of the year's best books and favorite reads in the Foothill community.

We Love Year-End Best Book Lists!

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New York Times 10 Best


How Beautiful We Were. Imbolo Mbue

Intimacies. Katie Kitamura

The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois. Honore Fanonne Jeffers

No One Is Talking About This. Patricia Lockwood

When We Cease to Understand the World. Benjamin Labatut


The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood – Youth - Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen

How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America by Clint Smith

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark


Award Winners

Lit Hub's Ultimate Best Books

Emily Temple of Lit Hub collates all the best book lists she can find, tallies their recommendations, and figures out which books were most often included. Here's the list for 2021!

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