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Best Books of the Year

The New York Times Book Review's coverage of the best and notable books of the year.

The New York Times Book Review's coverage of the best and notable books of the year.

Highlights

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    The 10 Best Books of 2021

    Editors at The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.

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    100 Notable Books of 2021

    The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review

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    Vote For the Best Book

    We asked readers to nominate their favorite books published in the past 125 years. Help us choose the very best, based on this list of finalists.

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    The Best Books to Give This Season

    These 71 dazzling new titles —including thrillers, cookbooks, photography collections and more — will delight any reader.

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    The 10 Best Books of 2020

    The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.

  3. The Book Review Podcast

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    Talking About the Best Books of 2021

    On a special episode of the podcast, taped live, editors from The New York Times Book Review discuss this year’s outstanding fiction and nonfiction.

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    100 Notable Books of 2019

    The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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    Read Your Way Through Rome

    Igiaba Scego, an author born in Rome to Somali parents, recommends books that draw readers through the rich layers that make up her hometown.

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    A Formative Friendship Cut Short by Tragedy

    In “Stay True,” Hua Hsu, a staff writer for The New Yorker, recounts his relationship with an Asian American college friend, whose search for identity quietly shaped the author’s own.

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    Jim Crow’s Forgotten History of Homicides

    “By Hands Now Known,” by Margaret A. Burnham, examines the chronic, quotidian violence faced by Black citizens in the American South — and the law’s failure to address it.

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