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Beacon’s Batch of Best-Of Books Is Bursting During Our Holiday Sale!


This is it. The final hurrah for 2021! Yes, we’re ending in the phase of Omicron rising, but many of our titles were selected for a number of best-of lists and holiday gift guides for the year. So many! Let’s raise a glass to our authors to congratulate them!

And guess what? Our holiday sale is in full swing! The best-of books below and everything else on our website are 30% off through December 31 with code HOL30. If you’re still on the hunt for holiday gifts, you know where to scroll.

By the way, we will be closed Monday, December 20, 2021, through Friday, December 31, 2021. We will be back in the office on Monday, January 3, 2022.

As you place orders during this time, remember that USPS media mail takes 7 to 10 business days. Also, the Penguin Random House warehouse will be closed from December 23 to December 25 and then on December 31. So plan accordingly as you place your orders.

Here’s to a new plague-free year we desperately need and more best-of books to come!


The Behavioral Code

Behavioral Scientist’s Notable Books of 2021


A Black Women's History of the United States

Harvard Book Store’s Gift Ideas 2021: History and Politics



Wall Street Journal’s “Who Read What: Writers Share Their Favorite Books of 2021”


Boyz n the Void

Kirkus Reviews“2021’s Best Books About Being Black in America”


Collected Poems

Publishers Weekly’s Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Poetry


Dangerous Ideas

The Telegraph’s “75 Best Books of 2021 to Read This Winter”



Audubon’s “44 Perfect Gifts for the Bird and Nature Lovers in Your Life”
Plume’s Staff Recommendations of December 2021


Not a Nation of Immigrants

Harvard Book Store’s Gift Ideas 2021: History and Politics



NPR’s Books We Love 2021
Esquire’s The 50 Best Books of 2021
Kirkus ReviewsBest Fiction Books of the Year
Harvard Book Store’s Gift Ideas 2021: Literary Fiction



NPR’s Books We Love 2021


The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks YA

Kirkus Reviews“Best YA Biography and Memoir of 2021”


A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories

Esquire’s “The 10 Best Christmas Books to Read During the Holidays”


Until I Am Free

Smithsonian Magazine’s “The Ten Best History Books of 2021”
The Guardian’s “The best books of 2021, chosen by our guest authors”
Chicago Tribune’s “Biblioracle’s 8 favorite nonfiction books of 2021”


The Water Defenders

The Progressive’s “Favorite Books of 2021”
Foreign Affairs“The Best Books of 2021”


Women and Other Monsters

NPR’s Books We Love 2021