Sybil’s List Fall/Winter 2020/2021

Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor for Publishers Weekly

Reading List For the Winter

Former Publishers Weekly Forecast Editor, Sybil Steinberg was back at the Westport Library recently to recommend books for the coming months. Sybil’s list for the library patrons is shorter than usual this time due to the Coronavirus, but still packs a punch! Many of the big publishers had shut down their warehouses over the summer and were unable to send out hard copies of their upcoming books for several months, so this time, Sybil had more opportunity to read some smaller press works. Below are her recommendations, and if you would like to see the Westport Library’s video of Sybil presenting these titles with description, please watch here.

(Sybil presents her book picks several times a year at the Westport Library and some of her previous recommendations are HERE.)

Sybil’s List 2020/2021


A Burning by Megha Majumdar (I enjoyed this book – here is my review of A Burning)

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates (This a over 700 pages – here is my review)

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez (This is by the same author as The Friend…loved them both!)

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

The Lying Life Of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) (This is by the same author as the beloved book and tv show, My Brilliant Friend)

The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesay

Artifact by Arlene Heyman

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorckle

The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter (This is by the same author as the wonderful novel, Beautiful Ruins)

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Written by the same author as the highly celebrated Homegoing)

Short Stories

Sorry For Your Trouble by Richard Ford

To Be A Man by Nicole Krauss (Same author as The History of Love and Forest Dark)

Likes by Sarah Shun -Lien Bynum

Daddy by Emma Cline (author of the novel, The Girls)

Non Fiction

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

The Last Million by David Nasaw

The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Grace Katz

The Uninformed Voter by Robert Levine

Please note…clicking on the bolded book title links will take you to Amazon. If you make a purchase, I will get a small commission which goes toward the upkeep of Book Nation by Jen. Thank you!

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