Speaking of words …

by | Jul 2021

reading Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson

Photo: Chris Emeott

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? Are there words that you can read over and over and still find fresh layers of meaning? Recently, I found myself drawn back to words written by E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little). Don’t discount children’s literature! There is a lot of wisdom in White’s books. My favorite authors tend to change with whatever season of life I am experiencing.

Over the course of the previous year and spilling into 2021, the way in which many of us spent our time was drastically altered, and we found ourselves with open spaces in our schedules. Time on our hands affords the perfect opportunity to fill them with a good book. Whether recent local and world events led you toward entertainment, escapism or introspection, the worlds of fiction and nonfiction books can quench just about any literary thirst.

Ann Woodbeck, owner of Excelsior Bay Books, lists some of the local store’s biggest sellers in the last year. Is one of your favorites on the list? What title did you consume this year that qualifies as a must-read?


A Promised Land, Barack Obama

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coatesc

Caste, Isabel Wilkerson

Stamped, Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi

The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson


A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, C. A. Fletcher

All the Devils are Here, Louise Penny

Anxious People, Fredrik Backman

News of the World, Paulette Jiles

Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline

The Evening and The Morning, Ken Follet

The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich

The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens


In a Jar, Deborah Marcero

One Summer Up North, John Owens

Middle Grade

Cat Kid Comic Club, Dav Pilkey

The Ickabog, J.K. Rowling

The Kingdom of Wrenly (series), Jordan Quinn and Robert McPhillips

The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate

Wings of Fire (series), Tui T. Sutherland


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