Longfellow Books' Top 100 of 2021!



1. Finding Freedom by Erin French

2. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

3. Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

4. Downeast by Gigi Georges

5. Field Notes for Food Adventure by Brad Leone

6. Take It Easy by John Duncan

7. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

8. Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron

9. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

10. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

11. The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

12. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

13. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

14. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

15. Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

16. The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

17. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

18. Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit

19. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

20. Several Short Sentences about Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

21. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

22. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

23. The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

24. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

25. Walking through History: Portland, Maine on Foot by Paul Ledman

26. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

27. Circe by Madeline Miller

28. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow

29. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

30. Wintering by Katherine May

31. Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

32. Writers & Lovers by Lily King

33. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain

34. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

35. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

36. Madness Is Better than Defeat by Ned Beauman

37. Dune by Frank Herbert

38. Birds of Maine by Peter Vickery

39. The Lost Kitchen by Erin French

40. Maine Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme

41. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

42. Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

43. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

44. Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

45. The Isolation Artist by Bob Keyes

46. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

47. This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

48. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

49. Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

50. What It's Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley

51. Devotions by Mary Oliver

52. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

53. The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

54. The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners edited by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

55. Nobody Will Tell You This but Me by Bess Kalb

56. The Overstory by Richard Powers

57. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

58. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

59. Good Night Maine by Adam Gamble

60. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

61. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

62. Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen

63. One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

64. The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

65. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

66. The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

67. Normal People by Sally Rooney

68. Bewilderment by Richard Powers

69. Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

70. The Ghost Variations by Kevin Brockmeier

71. The Power by Naomi Alderman

72. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

73. The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

74. Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants by Mathias Énard

75. Enemy of All Mankind by Steven Johnson

76. Luster by Raven Leilani

77. Union by Colin Woodard

78. No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

79. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

80. Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh

81. The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard

82. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

83. The River by Peter Heller

84. State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton

85. The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes Book by Sam Sifton

86. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

87. Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

88. The Premonition by Michael Lewis

89. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

90. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

91. The Little Local Maine Cookbook by Annie B. Copps

92. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

93. The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

94. Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

95. The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox

96. Birds of Maine Field Guide by Stan Tekiela

97. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

98. Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault

99. My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh

100. How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith