Book Recommendations for Men in 2021

Books are Great Gifts For Men!

With extra time on their hands due to fewer family vacations and no commute to the office, many men are finding more time to read books. My son treated himself to a copy of Greenlights, my uncle enjoyed Hollywood Park and I spotted The Fifth Column in my husband’s home office. Here is a top notch list of current memoirs, fiction and nonfiction titles the men in your life will love! From espionage and war to the gold rush and sports, there is something for everyone; perfect for gift giving this year.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

“From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.”

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore, Erica L. Green

“A kaleidescopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through seven characters on the frontlines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore and riveted the world, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore.”

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker (Book Nation by Jen Author Interview HERE)

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

From the creator of HBO’s The Wire, the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television show.

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and author of American Dervish, an American son and his immigrant father search for belonging — in post-Trump America, and with each other. 

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett (Book Nation by Jen review HERE)

HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

“The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.”

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

“A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making, from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. “

A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History by Seth Berkman

“The inspiring, unlikely story of the South Korean, American, Canadian, and even North Korean women who joined together to form Korea’s first Olympic ice hockey team.”

A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team by Arshay Cooper

The moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who form the first all-black high school rowing team in the nation, and in doing so not only transform a sport, but their lives.

Originals: How Non Conformists Move The World by Adam Grant

“In Originals the author addresses the challenge of improving the world from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?”

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. “

Luster by Ravel Leilani

“Luster sees a young black woman figuring her way into life as an artist and into love in this darkly comic novel.”

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

“An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape–trying not just to survive but to find a home.”

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

“On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–and willing to fight to the end.”

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The One Man Andrew Gross once again delivers a tense, stirring thriller of a family torn apart set against the backdrop of a nation plunged into war.

Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld

The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.

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