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The Best Books of 2021: we've got them

The Best Books of 2021: we've got them

Sherry Mohan-Neves

Port Jervis Free Library

In case you missed them, the Port Jervis Free Library has on its shelves many of the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2021. Excellent fiction titles sometimes miss the weekly best-seller lists, but these books are all worth a look.

"Cloud Cuckoo Land" by Anthony Doerr, a best-seller. "Crossroads" by Jonathan Franzen, a hugely popular book. "Dear Miss Metropolitan" by Carolyn Ferrell (place a hold to be first on the wait list).

"Harlem Shuffle" by Colson Whitehead

"Lean Fall Stand" by Jon McGregor. A powerful Antarctic adventure; with the author at the top of his game.

"Outlawed" by Anna North, a revisionist Western. "The Promise" by Danum Galgut

"Ramadan Ramsey" by Louis Edwards

"The Anomaly" by Herve Le Tellier: a "brilliant mix of existential thriller and speculative fiction."

"Black Ice" by Caren Gerhardsen, a complex psychological thriller.

"Five Decembers" by James Kestrel: A WW-era crime novel with a kitschy cover.

"The Plot" by Jean H. Korelitz: "a complusively readable send-up of the book publishing world."

"These Toxic Things" by Rachel Howzell Hall.

"Noor" by Nnedi Okorafor. Sci-fi of the highest order.

"The Duke Heist" by Erica Ridley. A wildly entertaining romance with lovable criminals, playfulness and passion in an unforgettable Regency romp. Sounds like fun.

All quoted text is from the book covers and reviews.

Visit the library's website at to browse all our offerings including print, audio, video and online programs for children and adults. No Internet access? Have your library card handy and call the Port Jervis Free Library at 845-856-7313, ext. 3, and a circulation clerk will help you. Free extended hours of Wi-Fi access are also available to all from the seating areas and parking lots outside the library at 138 Pike Street, Port Jervis, from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week.

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