Winter Reads 2021


Good Afternoon everyone! Winter has arrived and its time to replace the fall reads with winter reads. I found an article from the literature website, The Magic Word. Titled Most Anticipated Books: Fall 2021 / Winter 2021, the article features 60, yes 60 books, but I will only choose 7 that look interesting to me. Take a look below…

Credit source: Books Are Magic

How to Wrestle a Girl by Venita Blackburn (Sept 7)

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In these bite sized stories Blackburn crafts a visceral picture of girlhood and is able to reimagine how it is to tell a story—all with humor, honesty, and beauty. (AP)

All of the Marvels by Douglas Wolk (Oct 5)

Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

Douglas Wolk has done the unthinkable and read through every comic (all 27,000!) published by Marvel to write this behemoth of a history book. I can’t wait. (SK)

Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis (Oct 19)

Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

For twice as long as I’ve been alive, Angela Davis has been fighting for and visioning the world that I wish to live and love in. I have a lot of faith in the power of autobiographies to affect change, as it was an autobiography that first radicalized me, and it was Angela Davis who helped me put some backing and some necessary context to that fire that was lit then. I know that this new generation is more than ready for this one, so definitely make sure to get this for the young activist in your life! (SM)

The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon (Oct 19)

Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

Ann Patchett told me this book was wonderful. Do I need to say more? Women at midlife, inspired by Mrs. Dalloway. It’s next on my stack! (ES)

All the Names Given, Raymond Antrobus (Nov 9)

I thoroughly enjoyed Antrobus’ innovative debut collection, The Perseverance, and this new one deals with similar themes around (mis)communication, language, place, as well as the poet’s identity, heritage, and familial ties as a deaf British Jamaican man with connections to various countries. (SM)

Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw (Dec 7)


Disappearances are not uncommon in Pastoral, a reclusive community founded in the 1970s. But when a children’s book author is the latest to disappear, Travis Wren, a person with a great talent for finding missing people, decides to investigate what happened to this author…only to disappear himself. Years later, a lifelong Pastoral resident begins to unravel the secrets of these disappearances. (LH)

I Am Golden by Eva Chen (Jan 4)


At the heart of I Am Golden by Eva Chen is a message about self-love for Chinese American children, something that I wish dearly I’d had growing up; and past that, it is a really heartwarming book for the present moment, especially as Asian American kids witness the anti-Asian sentiment that rose up in the wake of Covid. The illustrations are as beautiful and evocative as the message written on each page. (MC)

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