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by The New York Times | February 28, 2021 at 2:01 a.m.



  1. THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah. As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading west.

  2. FAITHLESS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb. The 52nd book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a young sculptor in the West Village.

  3. THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig. Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

  4. THE SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse. Elin Warner must find her estranged brother's fiancee, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.

  5. THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett. The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

  6. THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab. A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

  7. THE RUSSIAN by James Patterson and James O. Born. The 13th book in the Michael Bennett series. An assassin killing a number of women might disrupt the detective's wedding plans.

  8. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survives alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

  9. THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien. A teenager in Montana discovers that her elderly neighbor worked decades earlier at the American Library in Paris and was part of the Resistance.

  10. ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman. A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.


  1. WALK IN MY COMBAT BOOTS by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney. A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.

  2. JUST AS I AM by Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford. The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.

  3. A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama. In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

  4. THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant. An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

  5. FOUR HUNDRED SOULS edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. A compendium featuring 90 writers covering 400 years of African American history.

  6. GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey. The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

  7. UNMASKED by Andy Ngo. A former writer for online magazine Quillette gives his perspective on the activist movement antifa.

  8. CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

  9. UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle. The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

  10. BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS by Suleika Jaouad. The writer of The New York Times column "Life, Interrupted" chronicles her fight with cancer and an impactful road trip.

Paperback fiction

  1. FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah.

  2. THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller.

  3. FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly.

  4. HOME BODY by Rupi Kaur.

  5. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur.

Paperback nonfiction

  1. THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk.

  2. WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo.

  3. THE BODY by Bill Bryson.

  4. BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

  5. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS by Isabel Wilkerson.

Source: The New York Times


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