We have to say, we were pretty surprised about the range of our bestselling books of 2021.
Here they are, in order!
This book kept me up at night making scared little noises with every creak of the house. It is an adventure in what gothic subversion can be, and a homage to the classic Jane Eyre without becoming a full remake. I am obsessed, and I need the whole world to read it and behold. - Lizy
The backlist Booktok sensation that took us all by surprise this year. (Warning: this book WILL emotionally devastate you.)
On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet, at age twenty-two, to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," is now available to cherish in this special edition.
One of those rare gems of a book that'll make you smile and warm your heart months after finishing it. Linus is a caseworker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth and his life couldn't be more boring - until he meets Arthur Parnassus and his kids, who include a sprite, a gnome, a were-Pomeranian, and even the anti-Christ!
A sweet hopeful story about finding family in the most unlikely of places. - Jessi
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Thoroughly entertaining novel about a reporter plucked from obscurity at a fashion magazine by a Hollywood legend to write her life story. Monique has no idea why Evelyn Hugo requested her specifically, but the reason is of course revealed near the end (and it's a doozy!). It is enlightening to read of the lengths stars of the past had to go to in order to hide their sexuality from the public or risk losing their careers. The story progressed with the events surrounding each of Evelyn's husbands. She experienced great success and heartbreaking losses throughout her life but eventually lived it on her own terms. - Laura
"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
A guide to some of the world’s most interesting places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain.
The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.