Elizabeth Berg's books have been on The New York Times' bestseller list multiple times. Her novels Durable Goods and Joy School were both selected as one of the American Library Association's Best Books of the Year. She was made a “literary light” by the Boston Public Library, has been honored by the Chicago Public Library, and was given the AMC Cancer Research Center’s Illuminator Award for shedding light on breast cancer resulting in increased public awareness and concern. In 2018, she was awarded the State of Illinois Literary Heritage Award for her "extraordinary contributions to our literary culture." Her most recent publication is I'll Be Seeing You: A Memoir (2020), in which she tells the story of caring for her parents in their final years.