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Best Books of 2020

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Our speakers have had an incredible year! As 2020 comes to a close, we are proud to showcase some of this year’s celebrated books from authors on our roster. These debuts, award-winners, and fan favorites are a wonderful reminder of the universal impact of books, year after year.

Best Books of the Year

Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu

2020 National Book Award Winner, New York Times Bestseller, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, TIME Magazine‘s Best Books of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, Vanity Fair’s Best Books of 2020, Vulture’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020, The New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2020, The Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2020

“Fresh and beautiful. . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.” —The New York Times Book Review

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

Longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award, Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, A Good Morning America Book Club Pick, New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Top Ten Books of 2020, TIME #1 Book of 2020, A Washington Post Notable Book of 2020, A New York Times Notable Book of 2020, Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020, New York Times Best Books of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, TIME Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Best Books of 2020, EW’s Best Books 0f 2020, Vulture’s Best Books of 2020, USA Today’s Best Books of 2020, GQ’s Best Books of 2020, Vanity Fair’s Best Books of 2020, Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Books of 2020, Glamour’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020, Goodreads Best Historical Fiction of 2020

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal

Caste

Caste - Isabel Wilkerson

Longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award, New York Times Bestseller, A Oprah’s Book Club Pick, TIME Magazine’s #1 Nonfiction Book of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Ten Books of 2020, People’s Best Ten Books of 2020, Publishers Weekly’s Best Ten Books of 2020, The New York Times Book Review Best Books of 2020, Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020, O: The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Best Books of 2020, Bloomberg’s Best Books of 2020, The New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2020, Fortune’s Best Books of 2020, Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, Marie Claire’s Best Books of 2020, Slate’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2020, Goodreads Best History and Biography of 2020

“An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

A Burning

A Burning - Megha Majumdar

Shortlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medel for Excellence in Fiction, Longlisted for 2020 The National Book Award, Instant New York Times Bestseller, A Today Show Book Club Pick, A New York Times Notable Book of 2020, Amazon’s Best Books of 2020

“Propulsive…ambitious…beautiful and supple…heartbreaking.”—The Boston Globe

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid

Winner of the Africa American Literary Award, Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Finalist for The New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award, Finalist for The Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, Finalist for The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Finalist for The NAACP Image Award, Instant New York Times Bestseller, A Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick, A Marie Claire Book Pick, A Buzzfeed Book Pick, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, Slate’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020, Goodreads Best Debut Novel of 2020

“The most provocative page-turner of the year.”–Entertainment Weekly

The Office of Historical Corrections

The Office of Historical Corrections - Danielle Evans

Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, A Washington Post Notable Book of 2020, O: Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020

“The novel is full of brilliantly revealing moments, sometimes funny, often poignant…. [Gifty is] provokingly vital.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi

Today Show Book Club Pick, Instant New York Times Bestseller, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Ten Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020

“The novel is full of brilliantly revealing moments, sometimes funny, often poignant…. [Gifty is] provokingly vital.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel - Emily St. John Mandel

Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, TIME Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, EW’s Best Books of 2020, Fortune’s Best Books of 2020, Glamour’s Best Books of 2020, Elle’s Best Books of 2020, The Economist’s Best Books of 2020, The New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2020

“Another gripping tale of interconnected lives.”—People

Memorial

Memorial - Bryan Washington

A Good Morning America Book Club pick, A New York Times Notable Book of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, TIME Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, O: The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Best Books of 2020, Esquire’s Best Books of 2020, Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020

“A masterpiece.” —NPR

The Beauty in Breaking

The Beauty in Breaking - Dr. Michele Harper

A New York Times Bestseller, A New York Times Notable Book of 2020

“Riveting, heartbreaking, sometimes difficult, always inspiring.”—The New York Times Book Review

Hidden Valley Road

Hidden Valley Road - Robert Kolker

A Oprah’s Book Club Pick, New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Top Ten Books of 2020, Wall Street Journal Top Ten Books of 2020, People’s #1 Best Book of the Year, Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020, New York Times Best Books of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, TIME Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Best Books of 2020

“A feat of empathy and narrative journalism.”—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

Missionaries

Missionaries - Phil Klay

New York Times Notable Book of 2020, Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Books of the Year, Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020

“This is a gray universe where it’s difficult to distinguish the good guys and gals from the bad, and it rings true to those of us who have spent time in these places….will stick with you.”—NPR

Minor Feelings

Minor Feelings - Cathy Park Hong

New York Times Best Books of 2020, The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, TIME Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, BuzzFeed’s Best Books of 2020, The New York Library’s Best Books of 2020

Minor Feelings is a major reckoning, pulling no punches as the author uses her life’s flashpoints to give voice to a wider Asian American experience, one with cascading consequences.”—NPR

What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through - Sigrid Nunez

O: The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of 2020, NPR’s Best Books of 2020, New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020, People’s Top Ten Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2020, National Bestseller

“I was dazed by the novel’s grace.”–The New Yorker

Antiracist Baby Picture Book

Antiracist Baby Picture Book - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

New York Times Bestseller, Goodreads Best Picture Book of 2020

“Antiracism’s starting point.”–Kirkus Reviews

Death in Her Hands

Death in Her Hands - Ottessa Moshfegh

Elle’s Best Books of 2020, Bustle’s Best Books of 2020, New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2020

“[An] intricate and unsettling new novel . . . Death in Her Hands is not a murder mystery, nor is it really a story about self-deception or the perils of escapism. Rather, it’s a haunting meditation on the nature and meaning of art.”—Kevin Power, The New Yorker

 

Perestroika in Paris

Perestroika in Paris - Jane Smiley

Instant New York Times Bestseller, NPR’s Best Books of 2020

“If you’re looking for a feel-good escape, try this.”—The New York Times

A Knock at Midnight

A Knock at Midnight - Brittany K. Barnett

Amazon’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2020

“An essential book for our time . . . Brittany K. Barnett is a star.”—Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN Host, and New York Times bestselling author

Before the Ever After

Before the Ever After - Jacqueline Woodson

NPR’s Best Books of 2020

“A poignant and achingly beautiful narrative shedding light on the price of a violent sport.”—Kirkus Reviews

Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce - Nic Stone

NPR’s Best Books of 2020

“[An] emotionally intense follow-up to the William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Dear Martin.”—Shelf Awareness

The Last Million

The Last Million - David Nasaw

NPR’s Best Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2020

“In The Last Million, Nasaw has done a real service in resurrecting this history . . . Anyone who thinks President Trump’s demonization of foreigners is an aberration should read this history.”—Washington Post

Whistleblower

Whistleblower - Susan Fowler

NPR’s Best Books of 2020

“A very important read . . . frightening but also very empowering.”—Gayle King, CBS This Morning

JFK

JFK - Fredrik Logevall

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2020

JFK reminds readers of what America once was—and could be again.”—The Economist

Oak Flat

Oak Flat - Lauren Redniss

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2020

“Lauren Redniss has produced a supernova. . . . A vivid, searing, indelible act of witness.”—Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of Say Nothing