The 2021 Book Releases to Order Now and Thank Yourself Later

New titles from Jennifer Weiner, Akwaeke Emezi, Sally Rooney, and more.

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2021 has given us some incredible books. While you're perusing through this year's top releases, expect a brilliant mix of fiction from bestselling authors like Morgan Jerkins and Sally Rooney, along with an invitation into the lives of prominent figures like Senator Mazie K. Hirono in Heart of Fire and Tarana Burke in Unbound. Ahead, our list of the best books of 2021 to order today and thank yourself later.

Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.