Pick Out Your Next Great Read from Sybil’s List – October 2021

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Sybil Steinberg’s Recommendations

After reading over 50 books in a three month time period, Sybil shares with us her top 43 for fall! Sybil Steinberg is a contributing editor and former book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly. Below is her fiction and nonfiction list with links to the summaries. If you would like to watch the Westport Library video of Sybil discussing each recommendation, please click HERE.



Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Also by Franzen, Freedom and The Corrections

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Also by Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Harlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Also by Whitehead, The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys

the lincoln highway

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Also by Towles, Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow

the magician

The Magician by Colm Toibin

Beautiful World, Where Are You?

Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney

Also by Rooney, Conversations With Friends and Normal People


Matrix by Lauren Groff

Also by Groff, Fates and Furies


Bewilderment by Richard Powers

also by Powers, The Overstory

The Sentence

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Also by Erdrich, The Round House and The Night Watchman

Fight Night

Fight Night by Miriam Toews

Also by Toews, Women Talking


Tenderness by Alison MacLeod

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Oprah’s Book Club Selection

The Sweetness of Water

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris


Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So


Wayward by Dana Spiotta

A Play for the End of the World

A Play For The End of The World by Jai Chakrabarti

Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin

The Great Mistake

The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

Lorna Mott Comes Home

Lorna Mott Comes Home by Diane Johnson

In the Country of Others

In the Country of Others by Leila Slimani

Things We Lost to the Water

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

Gold Diggers

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

A Calling for Charlie Barnes

A Calling For Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris


Intimacies by Katie Kitamura


Breathe by Joyce Carol Oates

Also by Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys

More Than I Love My Life

More Than I Love My Life by David Grossman

also by Grossman, A Horse Walks Into a Bar

The Vixen

The Vixen by Francine Prose

Something New Under the Sun

Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman

Everyone Knows your Mother is a Witch

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

The War for Gloria

The War For Gloria by Atticus Lish

When All is Said

When All is Said by Anne Griffen

Non Fiction

The Correspondents

The Correspondents by Judith MacKrell

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

All The Frequent Troubles of Our Days by Rebecca Donneer

The Family Roe

The Family Roe by Joshua Prager

Poet Warrior

Poet Warrior by Jo Harjo

This Was Toscanini

This Was Toscanini by Lucy Antek Johnson

Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Zauner is head of rock band Japanese Breakfast.

These Precious Days

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Also by Patchett, The Dutch House, Commonwealth and Bel Canto

two-way mirror

Two Way Mirror by Fiona Sampson

the empathy diaries

The Empathy Diaries by Sherry Turkle

one friday in april

One Friday in April by Donald Antrim

what is a dog?

What is a Dog? by Chloe Shaw

real estate

Real Estate: A Living Autobiography by Deborah Levy

Also by Levy, The Man Who Saw Everything

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