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Allyson's Top Books of 2021

This note was originally sent out in December 2021 as part of my annual holiday letter. I put these descriptions on a bookmark that was included with the letter.


I once again set out to read 40 books this year. Starting graduate school and moving a few times this year made this a bit of a challenge, but I still have a few favorites to share from the year so far!


Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook


Anyone who interacts with children should read this book. Now in its eighth edition, this book has sold over one million copies. The first half of the book details the importance of reading aloud to children and how to continue with this practice even as children grow older. The second half of the book is a treasury of good books to read aloud for all ages.


Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism

by Seyward Darby


Darby follows three American women as they journey to (and in some cases, depart from) the white nationalist movement. This book is an unsettling illustration of humanity, and Darby tells a difficult story through impeccable organization and thoughtful diction.


What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky

by Lesley Nneka Arimah


A collection of stories about human connection. Stories cover a wide range of topics and some have elements of magical realism. They all involve some kind of twist that leaves the reader pensive.

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Allyson's Top Books of 2020

This note was originally sent out in December 2020 as part of my annual holiday letter. I put these descriptions on a bookmark that was included with the letter. This year, I set out to read 40 books.

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