PW Best Books of 2021

Announcing the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2021!

Top 10

SECOND PLACE by Rachel Cusk
DIRTY WORK: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America by Eyal Press
SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

Fiction

CROSSROADS by Jonathan Franzen
DEAR MISS METROPOLITAN by Carolyn Ferrell
OUTLAWED by Anna North

Mystery/Thriller

THE PHOTOGRAPHER by Mary Dixie Carter
THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Poetry

FRANK: SONNETS by Diane Seuss

Romance

ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston

SF/Fantasy/Horror

A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE by Arkady Martine
IN THE WATCHFUL CITY by S. Qiouyi Lu
SORROWLAND by Rivers Solomon

Comics

THE WAITING by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Nonfiction

CHASING ME TO MY GRAVE: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert
I LIVE A LIFE LIKE YOURS: A Memoir by Jan Grue
THE RIGHT TO SEX: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century by Amia Srinivasan
SHOOTING MIDNIGHT COWBOY: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic by Glenn Frankel
TRUFFLE HOUND: On the Trail of the World’s Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and Some Extraordinary Dogs by Rowan Jacobsen
WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST DO WHAT YOU WERE TOLD?: Essays by Jenny Diski

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