If you’re reading this, it’s safe to guess you’re fond of books, reading, and being transported to different times, places, experiences, and viewpoints. We invite you to check out what others are reading and share your recommendations of favorite titles with us. Below is the last installment for 2021. Keep those suggestions coming in 2022. The complete list of books from 2021 is available by clicking here.
by Tonya Bolden
Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper-class African American family in Washington, D.C. until she meets a working-class girl named Nella who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd. (2020, 264pgs; Fiction)
by Lauren Groff
Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. (2021, 260 pgs; Fiction)
by Jonathan Franzen
Franzen offers interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense in a novel where action largely unfolds on a single winter day with abundant flashbacks. Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. First of a trilogy. (2021, 580 pgs; Fiction)
Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past
Sarah H. Parcak
A down-and-out so-and-so gets more than she bargained for when new technologies developed for use in space allow an anthropologist a new perspective on earth’s ancient histories and new ways of coping with those. (2019, 277 pgs; Nonfiction)
State of Terror
by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Ellen Adams, a novice Secretary of State, has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most. This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know. (2021, 494 pgs; Fiction)
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