Reader’s Corner: Best Books of 2021

The good folks over at PopMatters just put up their annual Best Books feature. It’s got pages and pages of great fiction and non-fiction reads. The link is here, you can see what my selections were above.

Here are some other great runners-up that I read this year and highly recommend:


  • Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Cheng
  • My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Phase Six by Jim Shepard
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles


  • World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain
  • Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City by Rosa Brooks
  • Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia by Thomas Healy
  • Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever by John McWhorter
  • Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh


  • The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel
  • Street Cop by Robert Coover and Art Spiegelman
  • Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke
  • What Unites Us by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

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