Notable Books for Adults

Published annually, and selected by the Reference and User Services Association division of the ALA, recognizing the year’s 25 most important books.

305 items

Title Overview Format & Publisher Call Number
Book - 2021 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers SO
A Little Devil in America
Notes in Praise of Black Performance
Book - 2021 Random House 791.08996073 A
A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds Book
Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space Book
Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South Book
Cloud Cuckoo Land
A Novel
Book - 2021 Scribner LPLW DOE
Empire of Pain
The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Book - 2021 Bond Street Books, Doubleday Canada 338.7616151 K
Four Hundred Souls
A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Book - 2021 One World 973.0496073 F
Book - 2021 Black Cat COR
Hell of A Book
Or, the Altogether Factual, Wholly Bona Fide Story of A Big Dreams, Hard Luck, American-Made Mad Kid
Book - 2021 Dutton MOT
How the Word Is Passed
A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America
Book - 2022/06 Hachette Book Group ON ORDER
Klara and the Sun Book - 2021 Alfred A. Knopf Canada ISH
Matrix Book - 2021 Riverhead Books BKMB GRO
Painting Time Book
Pastoral Song
A Farmer's Journey
Book - 2020 Custom House LPLW 338.17630094253 R
People Love Dead Jews
Reports from a Haunted Present
eBook - 2021
Playlist for the Apocalypse Book
Poet Warrior
A Memoir
Book - 2021 W.W. Norton & Company LPLW FN 818.54 HAR
The Five Wounds
A Novel
Book - 2021 W.W. Norton & Company QUA
The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town Book
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
A Novel
Book - 2021 Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers JEF
The Renunciations Book
The Wrong End of the Telescope Book
When We Cease to Understand the World Book - 2021 New York Review Books LAB
Winter Recipes from the Collective Book
A Knock at Midnight
A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
Book - 2020 Crown LPLW 340.092 B
Becoming Wild Book
Breasts and Eggs
A Novel
Book - 2020 Europa Editions KAW
Carville’s Cure Book
The Origins of Our Discontents
Book - 2020 Random House 305.5122 W
Children of the Land
A Memoir
Book - 2020 Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 813.6 HER
Deacon King Kong Book - 2020 Riverhead Books MCB
Hamnet Book - 2021 Vintage Canada OFA
Hidden Valley Road
Inside the Mind of An American Family
Book - 2020 Random House Canada 616.8980092 K
Just Us
An American Conversation
Book - 2020 Graywolf Press 305.896073 R
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry Book
Leave the World Behind
A Novel
Book - 2020 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers ALA
Little Eyes Book - 2020 Riverhead Books LPLW SCH
Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Book - 2020 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 811.6 TRE
Oak Flat
A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West
Book - 2020 Random House LPLW FN 970.5 R
Owed Book
Piranesi Book - 2020 Bloomsbury Publishing LPLW CLA
Postcolonial Love Poem Book - 2020 Graywolf Press 811.6 DIA
Run Me To Earth Book
Shuggie Bain
A Novel
Book - 2020 Grove Press STU
Temporary Book - 2020 Coffee House Press LEI
The Office of Historical Corrections
A Novella and Stories
Book - 2020 Riverhead Books EVA
The Vanishing Half Book - 2020 Riverhead Books BEN
We Have Been Harmonized Book
Wilmington's Lie
The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
Book - 2020 Atlantic Monthly Press 305.80097562709034 Z
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