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The best books we read in 2021

Kobo in Conversation

Release Date: 12/25/2021

Riley Black on the end of the world and new beginnings show art Riley Black on the end of the world and new beginnings

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We were joined by science writer Riley Black, author of several bestsellers on paleontology including , , and . And if you've read literally anything anywhere about dinosaurs in the last decade, you’ve probably happened upon pieces by her in National Geographic, WIRED, Smithsonian Magazine, and Scientific American. Her new book is . It’s a richly narrated story that starts with the end of the world, and also depicts the beginnings of the world where our mammal forebears would learn to thrive—and it represents a new beginning for the...

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Sheila Heti on getting reacquainted with her imagination show art Sheila Heti on getting reacquainted with her imagination

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Sheila Heti is a novelist, playwright, and former interviews editor for the literary magazine The Believer. We spoke with her (and her dog Feldman) about her new novel  and how her novels come into being. Hear more from .

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Britt Wray on bringing emotions to bear on climate science show art Britt Wray on bringing emotions to bear on climate science

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We spoke with Britt Wray, broadcaster, science writer, and researcher at the intersection of mental health and climate change. Her new book is  which is a deeply felt and thoroughly-researched study of what it means to wake up every day and live our lives on this warming planet of ours—without succumbing to despair about it all. Hear more from .

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Stephanie Foo on writing and healing from trauma show art Stephanie Foo on writing and healing from trauma

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Podcast aficionados may recognize our guest Stephanie Foo from her work on This American Life, Snap Judgment, and 99% Invisible, to name just a few of her credits. And now she has written a book called  that's both a memoir of growing up in an abusive and neglectful environment and also an explainer on complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), a condition that’s not as well-known as it should be—though its effects could be extremely broad. Hear more from .

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NoViolet Bulawayo on her glorious new novel show art NoViolet Bulawayo on her glorious new novel

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NoViolet Bulawayo is the Booker Prize shortlisted author of  and the new novel , a fable-like retelling of the two years between the overthrow of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his death. It's moving, provocative, and surprisingly funny. Hear more from .

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Julia Quinn (encore) show art Julia Quinn (encore)

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We spoke with Julia Quinn, author of the series of Regency romance novels. She told us about what it was like to see her characters come to life on-screen, and we asked her whether we'll eventually see a cinematic interpretation of a Smythe-Smith musicale. (Originally released February 12, 2021) We'll be back soon with new episodes of .

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Kathryn Schulz on love and loss show art Kathryn Schulz on love and loss

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Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of the 2010 nonfiction bestseller, . Her new book is a memoir, , which chronicles the grief of losing her father as well as the joy of finding love--with some surprising and fascinating lessons about typography, meteorites, and the philosophy of finding along the way. Hear more from .

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The joyful endurance of Hanif Abdurraqib show art The joyful endurance of Hanif Abdurraqib

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Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and 2021 McArthur "Genius" Fellowship recipient. We spoke with him about his newest book, , and we learned about this book's evolution, how he's handling his recent run of successes, and which books he's been re-reading since childhood. Hear more from .

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More of the best books we read in 2021 show art More of the best books we read in 2021

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What happens when you ask around a global digital bookselling company about the best books its staff read in the past year? You get more books than you can fit into one episode.

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The best books we read in 2021 show art The best books we read in 2021

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We asked the staff of Kobo about the best eBooks and audiobooks they read in 2021. 

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