WGN Radio Bookworm Sara Tieman brings you her 83 for the year

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Here’s Sara with her list of 83 books of 2021!

WGN Radio Promotions Director Sara Tieman read 83 books this year – which is fewer than usual! She joins John Williams to share her favorites of the year. Below is her list!

  1. A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team – Arshay Cooper
  2. The Pull of the Stars – Emma Donoghue
  3. Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America – Candacy Taylor
  4. The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life – Alex Trebek
  5. Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  6. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  7. The Authenticity Project – Clare Pooley
  8. Outlawed – Anna North
  9. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab
  10. Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo
  11. Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas
  12. Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life – Christie Tate
  13. Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson
  14. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
  15. The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
  16. Nevertheless We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength and Courage
  17. The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People – Meik Wiking
  18. You Should See Me In A Crown – Leah Johnson
  19. The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett (re-read)
  20. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of American America, 1619-2019 – edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain with 90 writers, 400 years of history
  21. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents – Isabel Wilkerson
  22. Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh
  23. Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague – Maggie O’Farrell
  24. Anxious People – Fredrik Backman
  25. Infinite Country – Patricia Engel
  26. The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power – Deidre Mask
  27. The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah
  28. Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual – Luvvie Ajayi Jones
  29. The Book of Lost Names – Kristin Harmel
  30. The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner
  31. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  32. Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage – Tori Amos
  33. Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
  34. Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
  35. Haben: The Deafblind Woman who Conquered Harvard Law – Haben Girma
  36. Little America: Incredible True Stories of Immigrants in America
  37. Of Women and Salt – Gabriela Garcia
  38. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House – Cherie Jones
  39. Who is Maud Dixon? – Alexandra Andrews
  40. The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom – Nikita Gill
  41. Northern Spy – Flynn Berry
  42. Whereabouts: Jhumpa Lahiri
  43. Fire Keeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley
  44. The Witches are Coming – Lindy West
  45. Shrill – Lindy West
  46. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
  47. And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir – Margaret Kimball
  48. Notes on Grief: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  49. Beautiful Things: A Memoir – Hunter Biden
  50. Solutions and Other Problems – Allie Brosh
  51. Broken (in the best possible way) – Jenny Lawson
  52. Face: One Square Foot of Skin – Justine Bateman
  53. Milk Fed – Melissa Broder
  54. Angel of Greenwood – Randi Pink
  55. The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free – Paulina Bren
  56. Crying In H Mart – Michelle Zauner
  57. Every Day is a Gift – Tammy Duckworth
  58. The War That Saved My Life – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  59. The One – John Mars
  60. One Two Three – Laurie Frankel
  61. Arsenic and Adobo – Mia P. Manansala
  62. The War I Finally Won – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  63. Aftershocks: A Memoir – Nadia Owusu
  64. Fierce Fairytales: Poems & Stories to Stir Your Soul – Nikita Gill
  65. Ordinary Girls: A Memoir – Jaquira Diaz
  66. Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss and Hope in China – Karoline Kan
  67. Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  68. Where Hope Comes From – Nikita Gill
  69. We Were Never Here – Andrea Bartz
  70. Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir – Brian Broome
  71. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (reread)
  72. Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir – Ashley C. Ford
  73. The Nature of Fragile Things – Susan Meissner
  74. Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor – Anna Qu
  75. The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman
  76. Little Weirds – Jenny Slate
  77. The Woman with the Blue Star – Pam Jenoff
  78. Beautiful Country – Qian Julie Wang
  79. The Beauty of Living Twice – Sharon Stone
  80. Burntcoat – Sarah Hall
  81. Home Stretch – Graham Norton
  82. The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music – Dave Grohl
  83. The 1619 Project – Nikole Hannah-Jones

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