Our Favorite Nonfiction of 2021: December 21, 2021

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This week, Liberty and Tirzah discuss Crying in H Mart, The Natural Mother of the Child, Empire of Pain, and more of their favorite novels of 2021.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood by Krys Malcolm Belc

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe 

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner Trice 

Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump by Ben Philippe

White Magic by Elissa Washuta

The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence by Stephen Kurczy

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler by Rebecca Donner 

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib 

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease by Daisy Hernandez 

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green 

These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett


Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Night of the Living Rez: Stories by Morgan Talty