2021 Bibliography

Dan Saffer
1 min readJan 2, 2022


Not going to lie: Like 2020, 2021 was another terrible year for my reading. Nevertheless, 20 books. Not quite as bad as the (ugh) 10 books I read last year (twice as good in fact!), but nowhere near my pre-Covid reading goals.


The Sympathizer: A Novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Klara and the Sun: A novel, Kazuo Ishiguro

Dies the Fire, S. M. Stirling

Day Zero, C. Robert Cargill

A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine

The Searcher: A Novel, Tana French

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke


Love and Other Poems, Alex Dimitrov


Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative, Jane Alison

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer, Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon

The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction, Larry Young PhD and Brian Alexander

Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs, Ken Kocienda

A Pocket History of Human Evolution: How We Became Sapiens, Silvana Condemi and François Savatier

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby

The Art of Leadership: Small Things, Done Well, Michael Lopp

Book Research

Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty, Stephen Brumwell

Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence, Alan Gilbert

Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, John A. Nagy

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire, Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy and Lin Tang

The Life of John André: The Redcoat Who Turned Benedict Arnold, D. A. B. Ronald