Best Books for Adults 2021

10 Books Found

Filtered by 'Nonfiction'
  • The Breaks: An Essay

    A profound meditation on race, inheritance, and queer mothering at the end of the world. In a letter to her daughter, Singh writes toward a tender vision of the world, offering the radical embrace of possibility by children as a model for how we might live.
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  • The Code Breaker

    A portrait of the Nobel Prize–winning scientist explores how her team's invention of CRISPR technology enabled revolutionary DNA-editing approaches to fighting disease. Full Title: The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race.
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  • Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

    This exquisite story of family, food, music, grief, and endurance is an unflinching, powerful memoir of growing up Korean American, losing a mother, and forging your own identity.
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  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

    A portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.
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  • Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

    An irresistible dive into the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology.
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  • How the Word Is Passed

    A deeply researched study of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of history, this book illustrates how some of America's most essential stories are hidden in plain view. Full Title: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.
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  • In the Shadow of the Empress

    The thrilling family saga of Maria Theresa, a sovereign of uncommon strength and vision, and three of her remarkable daughters, including Marie Antoinette. Full Title: In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters.
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  • My Broken Language: A Memoir

    A Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright shares her lyrical coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of her devastated barrio home and the idiosyncratic, troubled, and fiercely loving Puerto Rican family that inspired her literary voice.
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  • Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness

    A piercing exploration of loneliness and the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another. Radtke looks at the very real crisis of loneliness through the lenses of gender, violence, technology, and art.
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  • White Magic: Essays

    In this collection of intertwined essays, Washuta writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her Native forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life.
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