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The Must-Read Books of 2021 So Far

2021 has brought us some incredible titles. If you want to read the books that people can’t stop talking about this year (so far), see below for our list of powerful memoirs, page-turning novels, and more!

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    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture
    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture

    Project Hail Mary

    by Andy Weir

    A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver. Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival that takes us to places we’ve never dreamed of going.
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    Project Hail Mary Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    Klara and the Sun Book Cover Picture
    Klara and the Sun Book Cover Picture

    Klara and the Sun

    by Kazuo Ishiguro

    A magnificent new novel from Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of Klara—an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities—and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
    Klara and the Sun Book Cover Picture
    Klara and the Sun Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Effortless Book Cover Picture
    Effortless Book Cover Picture

    Effortless

    by Greg McKeown

    We’ve been conditioned to believe that the path to success is paved with relentless work. But getting ahead doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. We can find an easier path. Effortless offers actionable advice for making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out.
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    Effortless Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Gold Diggers Book Cover Picture
    Gold Diggers Book Cover Picture

    Gold Diggers

    by Sanjena Sathian

    A magical realism coming-of-age story, Gold Diggers skewers the model minority myth to tell a hilarious and moving story about immigrant identity, community, and the underside of ambition.
    Gold Diggers Book Cover Picture
    Gold Diggers Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Luck of the Titanic Book Cover Picture
    Luck of the Titanic Book Cover Picture

    Luck of the Titanic

    by Stacey Lee

    The richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
    Luck of the Titanic Book Cover Picture
    Luck of the Titanic Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    Four Hundred Souls Book Cover Picture
    Four Hundred Souls Book Cover Picture

    Four Hundred Souls

    by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

    A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. This collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness.
    Four Hundred Souls Book Cover Picture
    Four Hundred Souls Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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    People We Meet on Vacation Book Cover Picture
    People We Meet on Vacation Book Cover Picture

    People We Meet on Vacation

    by Emily Henry

    From the bestselling author of Beach Read comes a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations. Two best friends. Ten summer trips. On last chance to fall in love.
    People We Meet on Vacation Book Cover Picture
    People We Meet on Vacation Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture
    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture

    Crying in H Mart

    by Michelle Zauner

    From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame comes an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage.
    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture
    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    Malibu Rising Book Cover Picture
    Malibu Rising Book Cover Picture

    Malibu Rising

    by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface.
    Malibu Rising Book Cover Picture
    Malibu Rising Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Set Boundaries, Find Peace Book Cover Picture
    Set Boundaries, Find Peace Book Cover Picture

    Set Boundaries, Find Peace

    by Nedra Glover Tawwab

    In a relatable and inclusive tone, Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. These techniques will help you end the struggle, speak up for what you need, and experience the freedom of being truly yourself.
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    Set Boundaries, Find Peace Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Book Cover Picture
    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Book Cover Picture

    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

    by George Saunders

    George Saunders offers a literary masterclass on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.
    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Book Cover Picture
    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Sum of Us Book Cover Picture
    The Sum of Us Book Cover Picture

    The Sum of Us

    by Heather McGhee

    The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we became divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. It offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
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    The Sum of Us Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture
    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture

    While Justice Sleeps

    by Stacey Abrams

    From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, a gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court—where a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of the most preeminent judges in America.
    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture
    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Yearbook Book Cover Picture

    Yearbook

    by Seth Rogen

    A collection of funny personal essays from actor, writer, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Seth Rogen. In Yearbook he talks about his grandparents, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, Jewish summer camp, and way more stories about doing drugs than his mother would like.
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    Yearbook Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Dial A for Aunties Book Cover Picture
    Dial A for Aunties Book Cover Picture

    Dial A for Aunties

    by Jesse Q. Sutanto

    What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family? You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!
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    Dial A for Aunties Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Last Night at the Telegraph Club Book Cover Picture
    Last Night at the Telegraph Club Book Cover Picture

    Last Night at the Telegraph Club

    by Malinda Lo

    Seventeen-year-olds Lily Hu and Kathleen Miller find love and community in the lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. But America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love. Lily and Kath will risk everything to let their love see the light of day.
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    Last Night at the Telegraph Club Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    The Son of Mr. Suleman Book Cover Picture

    The Son of Mr. Suleman

    by Eric Jerome Dickey

    In The Son of Mr. Suleman, Eric Jerome Dickey takes readers on a powerful journey exploring racism, colorism, truth and lies, family legacies, the power of death, and the weight of love. It is an extraordinary story, page-turning and intense, and a book only Dickey could write.
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    The Son of Mr. Suleman Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Eternal Book Cover Picture

    Eternal

    by Lisa Scottoline

    Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a sweeping epic of historical fiction. It tells the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome…in the creeping shadow of fascism. Against this backdrop is a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer.
    Eternal Book Cover Picture
    Eternal Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Empire of Pain Book Cover Picture
    Empire of Pain Book Cover Picture

    Empire of Pain

    by Patrick Radden Keefe

    A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented, and ferociously compelling.
    Empire of Pain Book Cover Picture
    Empire of Pain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.50

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    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty Book Cover Picture
    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty Book Cover Picture

    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty

    by Lauren Weisberger

    From the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada comes a highly entertaining, sharply observed novel about sisters, their perfect lives…and their perfect lies.
    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty Book Cover Picture
    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Helgoland Book Cover Picture

    Helgoland

    by Carlo Rovelli

    A startling new look at quantum theory, from the renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli. In Helgoland, Rovelli makes learning about quantum mechanics an almost psychedelic experience. He takes us on a riveting journey through the universe so we can better comprehend our place in it.
    Helgoland Book Cover Picture
    Helgoland Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $20.00

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    Whereabouts Book Cover Picture
    Whereabouts Book Cover Picture

    Whereabouts

    by Jhumpa Lahiri

    A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies—her first in nearly a decade—about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.
    Whereabouts Book Cover Picture
    Whereabouts Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture
    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture

    The Hill We Climb

    by Amanda Gorman

    Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe with her call for unity and healing. This remarkable keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.
    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture
    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $15.99

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    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture
    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture

    My Time Will Come

    by Ian Manuel

    The inspiring story of activist and poet Ian Manuel, who at the age of fourteen was sentenced to life in prison. He survived eighteen years in solitary confinement—through his own determination and dedication to art—until he was freed as part of an incredible crusade by the Equal Justice Initiative.
    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture
    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.95

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    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture
    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    Madhouse at the End of the Earth

    by Julian Sancton

    The true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Arctic winter. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, Madhouse at the End of the Earth is an unforgettable journey into the deep.
    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture
    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    How to Change Book Cover Picture
    How to Change Book Cover Picture

    How to Change

    by Katy Milkman

    In this ground-breaking book, Katy Milkman reveals a proven path that can take you from where you are to where you want to be. How to Change offers an invaluable, science-based blueprint for achieving your goals, once and for all.
    How to Change Book Cover Picture
    How to Change Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    House of Hollow Book Cover Picture
    House of Hollow Book Cover Picture

    House of Hollow

    by Krystal Sutherland

    A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.
    House of Hollow Book Cover Picture
    House of Hollow Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    Let Me Tell You What I Mean Book Cover Picture
    Let Me Tell You What I Mean Book Cover Picture

    Let Me Tell You What I Mean

    by Joan Didion

    From one of the most iconic and influential writers: a timeless collection of mostly early pieces that reveal what would become Joan Didion’s subjects, including the press, politics, California robber barons, women, and her own self-doubt. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.
    Let Me Tell You What I Mean Book Cover Picture
    Let Me Tell You What I Mean Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $23.00

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