| By Gale Staff |
From thought-provoking explorations of racism and equality to frothy memoirs and romantic romps, we’ve done it all in 2020. With a new year looming (have we ever been MORE ready to let that NY Times Square ball drop?) we’re kicking off 2021 with titles that go deep on injustice, despair, and beauty – a mix we think will inspire and sustain. Be sure to check back throughout the year for monthly selections that will keep your readers engaged and returning for all your library has to offer.
Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
A masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon, an exploration of how America has been shaped by a hidden caste system that influences people’s lives, behavior, and the nation’s fate. In riveting stories about Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, and many others, Wilkerson shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day and examines power – which groups have it and which do not.
“The most essential … the most necessary-for-all-humanity book that I have chosen.”
– Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2020 Selection
“It made the back of my neck prickle from its first pages, and that feeling never went away. It’s a book that changes the weather inside a reader.”
– New York Times
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
Nora is desperate. She’s lost her job, best friend, brother, and cat – living now is simply a chore. Determined to end it all she overdoses on antidepressants and the world goes black. She doesn’t journey to heaven, hell, or purgatory – instead, she awakens in the Midnight Library with an infinite selection of books that offer new realities. As she explores the library’s choices, Nora must determine what is truly fulfilling in life and what makes it worth living.
“This captivating pleasure read feels like what you might get if TV’s The Good Place collided with Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”
– People Magazine
“Haig’s latest is a stunning contemporary story that explores the choices that make up a life, and the regrets that can stifle it. A compelling novel that will resonate with readers.”
– Booklist (starred review)
Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
Following her bestselling debut, Helen Macdonald presents Vesper Flights, a collection of her best loved essays and new pieces of heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife. Heralded as one of this century’s most important and insightful nature writers, Macdonald captivates readers with accounts of both everyday and extraordinary creatures, a perfect balm for troubled times.
“Vesper Flights is a beautiful and generous book, one that offers hope to a world in desperate need of it.”
“Gorgeously composed, complexly affecting, and stunningly revelatory.”
– Booklist (starred)