Book Clubs :: Short List for 2021-2022

2021-2022 Short List

It feels like our book club is getting more and more expert at selecting books. This year, we’ll finish with eight of our eleven books receiving a rating of 4 or more points – and I promise it isn’t because we’re going soft. (Stay tuned for a post about the 2020-2021 ratings in a week or so.) And for a reminder about how my book club selects books, go here.

But as I was running down the list of books that made our 2021-2022 short list, I noticed that three are Pulitzer Winners (one just this year!) and another is a Booker Winner. (See here for a post about Award Winners with a link to all winners of four notable awards for fiction.)

But all are intriguing with the promise of excellent discussions ahead. And, unlike last year where I had read the majority of them already, this year I’ve only read one. So, I’m very excited about our year of reading.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (2020 Pulitzer)

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Kurdish Bike by Alesa Lightbourne

All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2016 Pulitzer)

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (2021 Pulitzer)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989 Booker)

Consequences by Penelope Lively

The books are listed in the order that we’ll read them (beginning in July) so feel free to read along with us!

PS: Similar to last year, we’ve got one additional read. In prior years, we’ve read the first two of the semi-autobiographical Ferrol Sams trilogy, and while we’ve neglected to give the third book enough votes for a couple of years running to make our official list, for those of us burdened by a strong desire to finish what we’ve started, we’ll have an additional meeting this summer to discuss When All the World Was Young.


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