2021 Book Releases to Put on Your To-Read List

Whether you’re sticking with your favorite authors or looking for something new, there’s sure to be some good choices for you coming out soon.

“The President’s Daughter” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

If you’re a devoted fan of James Patterson, you’ll be unsurprised to know that he has several books slated for release in 2021. One of the more prominent titles on the schedule is a new collaboration with former President Bill Clinton. Little, Brown and Company has “The President’s Daughter” marked for publication on June 7. While it shares a look into First Family dynamics like the previous “The President is Missing,” this is reportedly a different commander-in-chief. It follows former President Matthew Keating as he tries to save his daughter from enemies he made in the White House.

“The Parted Earth” by Anjali Enjeti

On May 4, debut author Anjali Enjeti’s “The Parted Earth” hits bookstores. It is a multi-generational story that starts in 1947 with the Partition of India — the period that divided Muslim Pakistan from Hindu India and displaced millions of people. A pair of secret lovers, Deepa and Amir, are torn apart during the conflict, and the story follows their son Vijay and his daughter Shanthi as they learn more about their family’s past.

“The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec

If you enjoyed reading Madeline Miller’s “Circe,” a retelling of the life of one of Greek folklore’s greatest villains, consider checking out “The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec on Feb. 9. This novel looks closer at the witch Angrboda, lover of Norse mythology’s Loki and mother of three of his children. When her children are in danger, Angrboda works with a warrior named Skadi to change what her powers of foresight say the future holds.

“The Chosen and the Beautiful” by Nghi Vo

Nghi Vo’s most popular current works are the fantasy novellas “The Empress of Salt and Fortune” and “When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain,” but on June 1 she pivots to an American classic with her retelling of “The Great Gatsby” called “The Chosen and the Beautiful.” The protagonist is golfer Jordan Baker, who is a friend to Gatsby’s love interest, Daisy in the original F. Scott Fitzgerald story. The book won’t just be a look at the same story from a different angle, as its summary on GoodReads promises LGBTQ representation, ghosts, and magic alongside the Jazz Age backdrop.

“The Night Lake” by Liz Tichenor

The books on this list so far are all fiction, but there are plenty of non-fiction choices heading to shelves in 2021. Catapult Books, known for innovative fiction and insightful non-fiction, will release “The Night Lake” by Episcopal priest Liz Tichenor in January. The book follows Tichenor through the loss of a newborn and her mother, as she grapples with her faith. The memoir goes a step further and dives into how she used her grief to become a better leader in her community.

These are only five books in a vast pile of titles ready for release in 2021. To find the book that’s just right for you, contact your local librarian or independent bookstore.

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