Quite a bit of snow has fallen in Western Michigan in the past week and our community even received a few snow days from school or work. What better way to spend a snowy day than diving into a new book. Here are a few recommended books from Barnes and Noble’s Best Books 2021 list! 

Call Us What We Carry

This book of poetry was written by Amanda Gorman, whose poem “The Hill We Climb” was read at the 2021 Inauguration. Gorman’s book would be a great choice if you enjoyed Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise and want to explore more poetry.

Harlem Shuffle

Goodreads describes this book as a “gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.” 

Under the Whispering Door (B&N Exclusive Edition) (B&N Speculative Fiction Book of the Year)

This book is a tale about a ghost who is not ready to go to the afterlife but learns quite a bit about death and grief along the way. It is a perfect book for a young reader or someone looking for an engaging story.

The Sentence

Barnes and Noble describe this book as “The inimitable and award-winning voice of Louise Erdrich is back, and this time she is taking on a tumultuous year with the help of a lovable, quirky cast of characters. An unexpected ghost story that is both a timely novel with laugh-out-loud moments as well as a beautiful commentary on identity. Erdrich cements herself as one of America’s greatest living authors.” 

You can view the whole list here for even more recommendations. We hope something catches your attention and turns out to be a page-turner! 

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