Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far)Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results.
The Most Important Books of the 21st Century - So Far!
The Top Twenty
If you need a new book to add to your reading list, look no further than this roundup of the best books that came out nonfictiob year. When it won the Booker, the chair of the judges compared Beatty to Swift and Twain. Helen Macdonald - H Is for Hawk If you want to ensure you never miss any of these, subscribe now.
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Released in , this historical fiction set in Paris in World War II is a Pulitzer Prize winner and we think people will still be reading it twenty years from now too! All the Light We Cannot See. Read a Review. Ready Player One was released early in the decade, back in , but set in a dystopian Ready Player One. When the Underground Railroad was released in it swept the board for awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award as the story of how people made safe chains to help escaped slaves became an instant classic.
The Booker-winning A Brief History bet Seven Killings, follows the lives and deaths of seven of the would-be killers in the failed assassination attempt on Bob Marley. Mary Adkins amazon. This speculative thriller confronts the duality of parenthood and the darker side of domesticity in a book that will keep you up at night. Start free Blinkist trial. Common acts of kindness rekindle the protagonist in this beautifully told debut.
It is impressively intersectional in its approach, talking about class and gender as well as reframing the conversation to be Britain-focused. The title alone is arresting, and can sort out those who judge a book by its cover from those willing to interrogate and investigate their own privilege. Sapiens has been highly praised by the gurus of Silicon Valley, and read by geeks whose culture usually centres on fantasy movies, computer games, etc — even though Harari himself is far from that world. His life seems austere and he avoids social media. Sapiens has widened the world view of millions of readers other whistorians cannot reach — and next month Harari may have three books simultaneously in the bestseller lists.
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