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From The New York Times to Real Simple, we've scoured the internet and compiled all of the Best Books of the Year posts into one list. Check below to see if there's a must-read you missed. There's still time before the year is out!
 
Cloud Cuckoo Land

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2021

NPR's Best Books of 2021

 

The instant New York Times bestseller and finalist for the 2021 National Book Award is “wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences” (The New York Times Book Review).


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The Code Breaker

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Featured on several lists including:

Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

New York Public Library's Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction

 

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a “compelling” (The Washington Post) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.


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Infinite Country

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

Oprah Daily's Our 20 Favorite Books of 2021

New York Public Library's Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction

 

Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family—for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.


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The Magician

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

NPR's Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction

The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2021

 

From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War.


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The Other Black Girl

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

NPR's Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction

 

Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.


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The Last Thing He Told Me

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

Apple's Best Books of the Year

Vogue's The Best Books to Read in 2021

Real Simple's 59 Best Books of 2021

 

A “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.


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Milk Fed

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

BookPage's Best Fiction

Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

Vogue's The Best Books to Read in 2021

 

A scathingly funny, wildly erotic, and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex, and god from the acclaimed author of The Pisces and So Sad Today.


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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Featured on several lists including:

NPR's Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction

Real Simple's 59 Best Books of 2021

 

An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.


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Smile

The Story of a Face

Featured on several lists including:

Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

The Chicago Tribune's 10 Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction

 

The extraordinary story of one woman’s ten-year medical and metaphysical odyssey that brought her physical, creative, emotional, and spiritual healing, by a MacArthur genius and two-time Pulitzer finalist.


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Light Perpetual

A Novel

Featured on several lists including:

NPR's Best Books of 2021

The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2021

BookPage's Best Fiction

 

From the critically acclaimed and award‑winning author of Golden Hill, an “extraordinary…symphonic…casually stunning” (The Wall Street Journal) novel tracing the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighborhoods of 20th-century London.

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