21 books to look forward to in 2021

With editors feverishly putting all remaining “Best of 2020” lists to bed, work on reviewing any new books arriving in 2021 is in full swing. (Yes, luckily 2020 is almost over.)

Here is a selection of non-fiction and non-fiction titles to read as they will be released in the first half of 2021.

“World Travel”; “Black Buck”; “Crying in H Mart”; “How to Avoid a Climate Catastrophe”; “Do you have fun?”; “Speak Okinawa”
Courtesy of Ecco; Houghton Mifflin; stud

White Feminism: From Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind by Koa Beck

Available from January 5th

The journalist Koa Beck – a veteran of Jezebel, Fashion, and Marie Claire– Examines the history of feminism from the true mission of the suffragettes to the rise of corporate feminism with clear eyes and in minute detail. On these pages she documents how elitism and racist prejudice have driven the narrative of feminist discourse. It combines pop culture, primary historical research, and first-hand storytelling to show how women with color have been excluded from the broader movement and what white women must do to correct the course for a new generation.

Black buck by Mateo Askaripour

Available from January 5th

In this driving, satirical novel, Mateo Askaripour tells the rise and fall of a young black salesman at an all-white New York tech startup. It is the story of how a man battles racism and microaggression to get to the top of an iconic company. And when it becomes clear he’s the icon black guy, he devises a plan to help colored folks infiltrate America’s sales teams and start a chain of events that will change the game forever. This razor-sharp story skewers America’s workforce, explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

Driven: The race for the autonomous car by Alex Davies

Available from January 5th

Perhaps Hollywood’s fault we raised our expectations, but a few years ago it seemed like self-driving cars would be here sooner rather than later. in the hazards (Simon & Schuster), Senior Editor of Business Insider, Alex Davies, tells the dramatic, colorful story of the search for driverless cars – and the stiff competition among them Google, Uber and other tech and auto giants compete to revolutionize our lives.

The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Decisions in a Complicated World by Susan Liautaud

Available from January 5th

Susan Liautaud draws on two decades as an ethics consultant guiding companies and executives, academic institutions, nonprofits and students in her ethics courses at Stanford University. It provides clarity on fuzzy ethical issues and walks you through a simple, four-step ethical decision-making process that you can use every day. As the founder and CEO of Susan Liautaud & Associates, which advises clients such as global corporations and NGOs on ethical complexities, Liautaud outlines six factors that make virtually every ethical decision and positions the book as an essential guide to making ethical decisions in the 21st century.

Staying Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Available from January 5th

When the world is upside down indefinitely, it can be difficult to stick to normal routines or even stay focused these days. Although Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s most recent work was researched and written long before the current global dilemma, it is meant to serve as a guide to maintaining and improving cognitive health, from debunking common myths about aging to prescribing which social interactions and games are actually beneficial .

Kamala’s Way: An American Life by Dan Morain

Available January 12th

Though the elected vice president was well known among Californians, the country learned a lot more about Kamala Harris when President-elect Joe Biden made her a Democratic ticket in August 2020 Kamala’s way (Simon & Schuster), journalist Dan Morain who has been involved in California politics, politics, and justice for more than four decades Los Angeles times and the Sacramento Bee– offers an insightful biography of the first female vice president of the black woman, in which it is explained how the daughter of two immigrants in separate California became one of the most effective power players in this country.

Preparing for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving Chaos by David Pogue

Available January 26th

This important guide from New York Times Contributor David Pogue covers topics such as moving to avoid the worst natural disasters (based on cool temperatures, good hospitals, and resilient infrastructure). how to strengthen your home against extreme weather; and what insurance to buy in a chaotic era. You will also learn what to grow in your garden. how to invest when the world is decarbonizing; as well as how to talk to your children about climate change and manage your own health.

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs

Available February 2nd

Scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and formed some of America’s greatest heroes: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. These carefully researched portraits of the lives of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin offer a new understanding of a century of American history.

How to avoid a climate catastrophe by Bill Gates

Available February 16th

In this urgent book Microsoft Co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates puts forward a comprehensive, practical and accessible plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid climate catastrophe. Based on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to bring new ideas to market, the titan of the tech industry describes the areas where technology is already helping to reduce emissions. where and how current technology can function more effectively; where breakthrough technologies are needed; and who is working on these essential innovations.

Speak, Okinawa: a reminder by Elizabeth Miki Brina

Available February 23rd

Elizabeth Miki Brina’s mother was working as a nightclub hostess in US-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who was to become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white suburb of New York state, where they moved to raise their only daughter. Decades later, the author realizes the shame and self-contempt that haunted her and her mother and seeks some form of reconciliation not only to grapple with her family’s contested dynamics, but also to anticipate the injustices that reverberate through the history of Okinawa and his people.

Unbound: A Women’s Guide to Power by Kasia Urbaniak

Available March 9th

How can so many women feel good and angry and still hesitate to speak up in a meeting or difficult conversation? Why do women often feel too much – and at the same time not enough? What freezes us in the most critical moments of our life? in the Unbound (TarcherPerigee), Kasia Urbaniak teaches women power – and her answers to these questions may surprise you. Based on the lessons learned from her experiences as a dominatrix, her training to be a Taoist nun, and the countless women she has taught to expand her influence, this book provides concise, practical directions on how to be in your power, your voice find and use it well.

The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town by Brian Alexander

Available March 9th

By following the struggle for survival of a small town hospital and the patients walking or being carried through its doors, The hospital (St. Martin’s Press) takes readers into the world of the American medical industry in a way that no book has done before. Americans die earlier and live in poorer health. Brian Alexander argues that no plan will solve the American health crisis until the root causes of that crisis are addressed. This book ends with COVID-19 and describes how we created the dilemma we find ourselves in.

Future-proof: 9 rules for people in the age of automation by Kevin Roose

Available March 9th

A.I. and automation have certainly garnered a lot of attention and headlines in the trade press over the past decade, especially as technology has improved exponentially in recent years. Given the current economic crisis, executives in all industries will rethink which workplaces can be automated. in the Future proof (Random House) – originally slated for 2020, but one of the many books published by 2021 –New York Times Technology columnist Kevin Roose suggests these machines don’t threaten jobs. With the right planning and organization, “securing the future” of your company for technological change could create better protection for jobs in the future.

Of women and salt by Gabriela Garcia

Available April 6th

Already touted by critics as one of the most anticipated debuts of 2021, Gabriela Garcia’s novel spans five generations and four countries – from 19th century Cuba to today’s Miami and Mexico. Of women and salt First and foremost, follows the daughter of a Cuban immigrant determined to learn more about her family history from her reluctant mother as he makes the quick decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor imprisoned by ICE.

Hummingbird salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

Available April 6th

Author of destruction Jeff VanderMeers latest is a thriller haunted by conspiracies, endangered species, and perhaps the death of the planet. A security advisor is given an envelope with a key for a storage unit containing a taxidermy hummingbird. By removing the hummingbird from the unit, the protagonist triggers a series of events that get out of control and endanger herself and her family. (Suffice it to say, it probably won’t be long before a Hollywood studio takes over the rights.)

First person singular: stories by Haruki Murakami

Available April 6th

The eight masterful stories in this new collection from beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From nostalgic memories of the youth to meditations about music and a passionate love for baseball to dreamy scenarios and made up jazz albums, these stories together challenge the boundaries between our minds and the outside world. Occasionally there is a narrator who may or may not be Murakami himself. Is it memoir or fiction? Let the reader decide.

Crying in H Mart: a memory by Michelle Zauner

Available April 20th

Raised by a Korean immigrant in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle Zauner never forgot what her mother ate. Despite a tumultuous youth arguing over clothing, ambition, and career choices, it’s no wonder their best moments were spent piling up plates of Korean food: perfectly sour kimchi, Tupperware containers full of homemade banchan, hot soups. And best of all: The two of them, shoulder to shoulder in front of the fridge in Zauner’s tiny apartment in Seoul, nibble on sweet braised black soybeans, crispy yellow sprouts and warm lavender Kong-Bap while battling jet lag. Sharing food was his own kind of love. As one of the few Asian-American children in her Oregon town, that part of Zauner’s identity – her Koreanness – wasn’t something she’d always willingly adopted.

Do you have fun? by Mira Sethi

Available April 20th

An embarrassed look at sexuality and desire, power and social mobility – and the humor and grief over what it means to transcend in a Muslim society today – this first collection of short stories by Pakistani writer and actress Mira Sethi offers a disarmingly comical perspective on the Everyday life in Pakistan.

World Tour: A Disrespectful Guide by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

Available April 20th

There will never be anyone like Anthony Bourdain. But World Travel (Ecco) offers readers the potential to travel the world the way he did. A life full of experience turns into a fun, practical, enjoyable and open-minded guide who will introduce some of his favorite places in his own words. With important advice on how to get where to eat, where to stay and in some cases what to avoid: World Travel provides context that will help readers better understand why Bourdain found such a memorable and enchanting place. Bourdain’s words are complemented by a handful of essays from friends, colleagues, and family members who tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain.

Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Origin of Modern American Culture by Annelise Heinz

Available on May 11th

Mahjong delves into the story of a game that crossed the Pacific and fostered diverse social cultures – from Chinese-Americans in the 1930s to Japanese-Americans incarcerated during World War II, to Jewish-American suburban mothers and wives of Air Force officers in the post-war era. Historian Annelise Heinz’s examination of the game provides unexpected insights into race, gender, class, and leisure time in modern America that are of particular importance to Sino-American heritage and Jewish-American women’s culture.

The other black girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Available from June 1st

Zakiya Dalila Harris is deeply involved with racism and racial differences in the book publishing industry. Described as a cross between The devil Wears Prada and Go out, this debut novel shows a protagonist who is the only black employee in her company who is frustrated – at the same time overlooked and exposed to incessant microaggressions. While the plot takes a darker turn into thriller territory, this read is great for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or dismissed in the workplace.

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