Hundreds of thousands of books are published annually, so it’s absurd to proclaim a handful "the best." But these are the ones that most stuck with us during this, our second — and hopefully final — pandemic year.
By John Birdsall
This exemplary work gives voice to the closeted gay man behind the flashy gourmand.
By Rabih Alameddine
This ambitious refugee/LGBTQ+ tale rewards patient readers.
By Klara Hveberg; translated by Alison McCullough
A challenging, complex story of mathematics and misery.
By Mary Wellesley
An illuminating examination of enduring, aged texts.
By Louise Fein
This cautionary tale about the horror and hypocrisy of eugenics is based on real-life events.