The Almost Anthropologist’s Favorite Books of 2021

‘Tis the season for my annual book list!

PSA: Whenever possible, PLEASE support local, independent bookstores, instead of Amazon, as you shop for books this holiday season. I will link all the titles below to which is a great way to shop online while still supporting indies.

As always, these are books I read this year (they were not necessarily published in 2021) in no particular order…


Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh

All the Colors Came Out by Kate Fagan

Sparrow Envy by J. Drew Lanham

The Untold Story of Sita by Dena Merriam

Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene edited by Jessica Cory

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy


We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

When the World is Dreaming by Rita Gray

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill

I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillet-Sumner

Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers by Frances Backhouse

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins

Badir and the Beaver by Shannon Stewart

Bindu’s Bindis by Supriya Kelkar

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me by Susan L. Roth

This Is a Sea Cow by Cassandra Federman

Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simrat Jeet Singh

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho


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