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by The New York Times | January 24, 2021 at 2:04 a.m.



  1. STAR WARS: LIGHT OF THE JEDI by Charles Soule. In this installment of the High Republic series, a disaster in hyperspace may cause far greater damage.

  2. NEIGHBORS by Danielle Steel. A Hollywood recluse's perspective changes when she invites her neighbors into her mansion after an earthquake.

  3. 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.

  4. THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins. A recently arrived dog walker in a Southern gated community falls for a mysterious widower.

  5. 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.

  6. OUTLAWED by Anna North. Ada, who apprentices midwifery under her mother, must decide whether to aid a band of outlaws who want to create a safe haven for outcast women.

  7. THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks. A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

  8. THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. When an older slave begins preaching on a Southern plantation, the love between slaves Isaiah and Samuel is seen in a different light.

  9. A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham. The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.

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


  1. 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.

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

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

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

  5. BECOMING by Michelle Obama. The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.

  6. BREATH by James Nestor. A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.

  7. WORLD OF WONDERS by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. In a collection of essays, the poet celebrates various aspects of the natural world and its inhabitants.

  8. THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson. An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

  9. HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi. A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

  10. UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN by Emmanuel Acho. A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.

Paperback fiction

  1. HOME BODY by Rupi Kaur.

  2. THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn.

  3. FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah.

  4. THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell.

  5. THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT by Walter Tevis.

Paperback nonfiction

  1. ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder.

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

  3. BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

  4. WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo.

  5. HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance.

Source: The New York Times


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