The Year in Books, 2021

4 thoughts on “The Year in Books, 2021”

  1. Thanks for the suggestions. My best read of 2021 was The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson. I will put The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium on my “to read” list. Of course, the book I’m most looking forward to in 2022 is So Simple a Beginning.

    1. Thanks! I put The Code Breaker on my “to read” list! Also, I liked your post on Phil Nelson’s new edition of Physical Models of Living Systems — I ordered it as soon as it came out, but I haven’t had time to read it. The first edition was fantastic, so I’m looking forward to v2!

  2. My recommendations:

    fiction: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford. Not quite 2021 . . . ok, it’s from 2016, but if you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend it.

    nonfiction: right now I’m reading How Music Works by David Byrne, from 2012. Despite the unpromising title, it’s fantastic.

    bande dessinée: Il Faut Flinguer Ramirez (2018 and 2020, I think more volumes are forthcoming). A tour de force and by far the best book every written about a vacuum cleaner repairman.

    1. Thanks!
      I read Golden Hill a few years ago and liked it a lot, though it’s no “Red Plenty.”
      I’m sure I read “How Music Works” but I can’t find it in my journal of books I’ve read! I remember thinking it was great, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t imagine it…
      I’ll have to wait for the English translation of the vacuum cleaner repair saga!

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