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1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, it brilliantly reimagines Homer’s The Iliad.
2. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Selin, a freshman at Harvard, is coming to grips with the exhilarating confusion of first love and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer.
3. Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris
A champion storyteller returns with a new collection of personal essays, capturing what is most unexpected, hilarious and poignant about personal and public pandemic upheavals.
4. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Meet Elizabeth Zott, a scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show, daring women to change the status quo.
5. Horse by Geraldine Brooks
A discarded painting, a skeleton in an attic and the greatest racehorse in American history are the strands of a story of love, obsession, art and science in a novel of our unfinished reckoning with racism.
6. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
A marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist contemporary romance. Olive, a scientist, meets an irresistible force of attraction in the form of a hotshot professor and throws her carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.
7. Circe by Madeline Miller
A subversive retelling of the goddess’ story, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
8. While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
A complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the Supreme Court. Avery, a brilliant young law clerk, unravels a chesslike sequence of clues that leads her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth.
9. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
One unforgettable summer party in the life of the famous Riva family: Nina, a surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud; championship surfer, and renowned photographer; and their adored sister, Kit. The loves and secrets that shaped the family come rising to the surface.
10. The Love Songs of W. E. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Ailey, raised in the north, spends summers in a small Georgia town. She embarks on a journey through her family’s past, tracing their story there since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. She embraces her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence.