On World Book Day, NewsMobile guide to the Best Reads this year
2020 is perhaps a year we all wanted an end to! In spite of the surge in the number of coronavirus cases, there appears to a glimmer of hope in 2021 as the pace of vaccinations picks up.
And there is much to look forward to in the literary world as well this year with a slew of books in the pipeline for publication. Even as 2020 had its fair share of good releases from Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land’ to Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Unfinished – A memoir’, 2021 is holding out a fresh promise.
From Richard Flanagan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, Viet Nguyen to Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and George Saunders, even the subjects range from climate change to childhood trauma.
NewsMobile has compiled the Editors’ Pick for the the must reads of 2021.
The Living Sea of Walking Dreams
by Richard Flanagan
Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan returns with a story of a family facing death against a backdrop of climate change and global catastrophe.
Anna’s aged mother is dying. When Anna’s finger vanishes, followed by her knee, she begins to see others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. This is a beautiful meditation on love, family and the world we live in.
Publication Date: January 14, 2021
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
In a sumptuous sequel to The Sympathizer, Nguyen’s eponymous protagonist and his confrère Bon plunge into the drug-dealing netherworld of decadent Parisian elites and Vietnamese ex-patriots. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist captures, with grace and restraint, the foibles of two young men caught in a duel between East and West.
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
How Beautiful We Were
by Imbolo Mbue
The second novel by the author of Behold the Dreamers, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, takes readers inside an African village whose very existence is being threatened by the machinations of an American oil company. It’s a David and Goliath story for our times, a riveting tale of how people coming together to make change can topple even the fiercest, best-financed foes.
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
My Broken Language
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
This radiant, vibrant coming-of-age by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-writer of the Tony Award-winning In The Heights is an ode to the power of language and a love letter to the author’s sprawling Puerto Rican family. How she finds her muse and her artist’s voice, forms the crux of the story.
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The first novel in nearly a decade by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake is set in an unnamed city much like Rome—or a dream-like, often lonely version of it. The story’s first-person narration is a single woman in her mid-40s whose solitude infuses everything about her. Lahiri wrote the novel in Italian—a language she only recently learned—and translated it into English herself, another masterstroke from her.
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Billions Under Lockdown – The Inside Story of India’s Fight Against COVID -19
by Abantika Ghosh
Tracking a fast moving pandemic across the vast and varied landscape of India, as a veteran health journalist Abantika with her sharp understanding of both public health and political tactics, undertakes the challenging task of making people aware of the true facts. Taking us through the historic year of lock down, offering us backstories of the government’s first advisory, press conferences, myths and missteps.
Publication Date: March 18, 2021
COVID – 19 Separating Facts from Figures
by Anirban Mahapatra
In this meticulously researched book, Mahapatra demystifies the virus and also offers us a historical perspective. He gives us the charts of scientific progress which are made in understanding how the virus infects. How we have to fight it back? What will life be once it is over.
Publication Date: February 24, 2021
Watch our Exclusive interview with Anirban Mahapatra – debunking COVID-19 myths and talking about his book.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
by Bill Gates
In this book, Bill Gates consolidates more than a decade of work he has done with experts to investigate the causes and effects of climate change. In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, he not only explains why we need to work towards a goal of net zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also lays out what we need to do to achieve that goal.
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
What Happened to You?
by Bruce D. Perry, Oprah Winfrey
Neuroscientist and renowned child trauma expert Perry teams up with Oprah Winfrey—an advocate and survivor of multiple childhood challenges herself—for a revelatory work of non-fiction that explores the legacy of trauma and marries the power of storytelling with science and clinical experience to help survivors overcome its effects. A powerful and invaluable book that will help victims and their loved ones shift the conversation from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
The Green Barbecue
by Rukmini Iyer
Rukmini Iyer’s cookbooks have saved many a lunch and dinner (and breakfast, and dessert, and snack time), earning her a fan base known as the TinLads. The newest in the series contains 75 meat-free recipes that are perfect for cooking outdoors or in the oven. From griddled papaya and charred tender stem to crispy barbecue tofu and dill-soused feta, this is the ultimate vegetarian cookbook.
Publication Date: April 29, 2021
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