The 50 Best Books of 2021

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Virtue
The 1619 Project
I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness
Virtue
The 1619 Project
4.7
I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness
3.3
Harrow
Reprieve
3.6
My Body
3
Everything and Less
Beautiful World, Where Are You
3.4
Palmares
A Calling for Charlie Barnes
Billy Summers
4.3
Harlem Shuffle
3.6
Matrix
3.6
Nightbitch
4.9
Falling
4
Somebody's Daughter
4
The Other Black Girl
3.5
How the Word Is Passed
4.5
Appleseed
3.8
An Ordinary Age
4
The Atmospherians
3.6
Third Eye Rising
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
4
The Man Who Lived Underground
3.9
Last Call
4
Early Morning Riser
3.5
Great Circle
4
Aftershocks
4.1
Dog Flowers
3.7
Detransition, Baby
3.9
Concrete Rose
4.6
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
4.8
Under a White Sky
3.9
Craft in the Real World
4.3
Let Me Tell You What I Mean
3.8
Love Is an Ex-Country
Surviving the White Gaze
3.9
Land of Big Numbers
3.8
Milk Fed
3.7
Fake Accounts
2.8
We Had a Little Real Estate Problem
4
No One Is Talking About This
3.5
Infinite Country
3.7
What's Mine and Yours
3.4
Klara and the Sun
3.9
The Committed
3.8
Mona
3.7
How Beautiful We Were
4.2
Libertie
3.3
A Little Devil in America
4.7