Flyleaf's Favorite Nonfiction 2021

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

A moving memoir of grief following the death of her mother, Zauner also writes insightfully of the complexities of her Korean-American identity and her budding music career, all tied together by her connection to Korean food. --Tony

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Wow, this book is incredible. Read this book, if for nothing else than for Abdurraqib's stunning essay "I Would Like to Give Mary Clayton Her Roses." He packs it all into this brilliant, personal, insightful and ultimately devastating essay about Clayton's backup vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." This book should win all of the prizes. --Elese

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062993151
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Published: Harper Wave - June 15th, 2021

A close look at all sorts of cults, from Jonestown, NXIVM, and Scientology, to CrossFit, multi-level marketing schemes, and social media "wellness" gurus through a linguistic lens. Never thought you'd "fall" for a cult? Think again. Montell shows us that we hear "cultish" language everyday. --Jennie

The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency Cover Image
By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by), Michael Favala Goldman (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374602390
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 26th, 2021

What would it be like if Elena Ferrante and Karl Ove Knausgaard collaborated on a novel? It would be like this. --Erica

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

In this book - which is 50% more material than the original New York Times project - we hear from all the people who should have been included when initially taught American history and social studies. Herein lies a star-studded collection of thinkers, writers, poets and artists and an attempt to fully understand America's origin story. Required reading for all who care to create a more just America. --Jamie

Girlhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

Girlhood is an intimate, lyrical and vital exorcism of the structures, external gazes, and acts of harm that define our girlhoods and that we carry into adulthood. A devastating, exquisite book. --Ellie

The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982157692
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Published: Scribner - April 6th, 2021

These essays feel like letters from your coolest friend, who also happens to be your smartest friend, and, perhaps most importantly, your most curious friend. Kushner writes passionately about art, film, literature, left wing Italian politics, prison reform, motorcycle racing. And as your friend, she invites you to join the conversation. --Tony

Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

Simultaneously heartbreaking & heart-healing, Ashley Ford's memoir recalls The Glass Castle and Educated in its delicate exploration of familial love & trauma. This is one of those books that hurts to read but that you can't put down, even for a moment. The painful parts make the ending--the author's strength and growth and incredible bravery--feel all the more powerful. Such a moving read. --Talia

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982115852
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 9th, 2021

A fascinating look into how science labs work, the politics of research and funding and of course, the relevance of MRNA to vaccines, which is very relevant to COVID-19. Also a great profile of women in science. a great audiobook as well. --Jamie