Chicago Public Library Best of the Best: Adults2021

Given by Chicago Public Library

Other Names: Chicago Public Library Adults Best of the Best Books
99 Works 87,232 Books 3,945 Reviews 4.0

"Each year, a team of CPL librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicago's adults."

All, Selection (1,179), Top Ten (90), Top 20 (20)
All, 2023 (329), 2022 (99), 2021 (99), 2020 (99), 2019 (100), 2018 (99), 2017 (101), 2016 (79), 2015 (62), 2014 (103), 2010 (1), 2008 (1), 2005 (2), 1998 (1)

Top Ten 10

Selection 99

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib2021
The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town by Brian Alexander2021
The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel2021
Punch Me Up To The Gods: A Memoir by Brian Broome2021
What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J. A. Chancy2021
Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen2021
Chasing the Boogeyman: A Novel by Richard Chizmar2021
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark2021
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby2021
Second Place by Rachel Cusk2021
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson2021
King Richard: Nixon and Watergate—An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs2021
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr2021
What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad2021
The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth2021
Infinite Country by Patricia Engel2021
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories by Mariana Enríquez2021
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich2021
The Trees by Percival Everett2021
Girlhood by Melissa Febos2021
The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández2021
Refugee High: Coming of Age in America by Elly Fishman2021
Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford2021
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey2021
The Promise by Damon Galgut2021
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates Jr.2021
The Waiting by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim2021
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge2021
The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green2021
Matrix by Lauren Groff2021
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones2021
Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo2021
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris2021
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris2021
The Ugly Cry: A Memoir by Danielle Henderson2021
The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease by Daisy Hernandez2021
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert2021
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara2021
The Removed by Brandon Hobson2021
People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn2021
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro2021
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers2021
My Monticello: Fiction by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson2021
My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones2021
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe2021
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan2021
Intimacies by Katie Kitamura2021
Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert2021
Stone Fruit by Lee Lai2021
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood2021
Bombshell by Sarah MacLean2021
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee2021
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston2021
A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey by Jonathan Meiburg2021
Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez2021
All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles2021
Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz2021
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia2021
Hell of a Book by Jason Mott2021
A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa2021
Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen2021
Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan2021
Outlawed by Anna North2021
Noor by Nnedi Okorafor2021
The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness by Suzanne O'Sullivan2021
Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler2021
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan2021
Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo2021
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters2021
Bewilderment by Richard Powers2021
The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade2021
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke2021
Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert2021
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach2021
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney2021
Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl2021
Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh2021
Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours by Sarah Sentilles2021
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead2021
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America by Clint Smith2021
Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So2021
Orwell's Roses by Rebecca Solnit2021
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon2021
American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears by Farah Stockman2021
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout2021
Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor2021
The Magician by Colm Tóibín2021
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles2021
No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull2021
Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner2021
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo2021
The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton2021
Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang2021
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward2021
I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins2021
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir2021
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead2021
The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid by Lawrence Wright2021
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner2021


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