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​Best Books of 2020

There's a little bit of everything on our list of the best books we read in 2020.

​For Grownups

The vanishing halfThe Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

A burningA Burning

by Megha Majumdar

Homeland elegies : a novelHomeland Elegies

by Ayad Akhtar

Deacon King Kong : a novelDeacon King Kong

by James McBride

Mexican gothicMexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

How much of these hills is goldHow Much of These Hills is Gold

by Pam C. Zhang

White fragility : why it's so hard for White people to talk about racismWhite Fragility

by Robin DiAngelo

The missing AmericanThe Missing American

by Kwei Quartey

Hamnet : a novel of the plagueHamnet

by Maggie O'Farrell

Hidden Valley Road : inside the mind of an American familyHidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

The invisible life of Addie LaRueThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by V.E. Schwab

Homie : poemsHomie
by Danez Smith

Everything beautiful in its time : seasons of love and lossEverything Beautiful In Its Time

by Jenna Bush Hager

The only good Indians : a novelThe Only Good Indians

by Stephen Graham Jones

Some assembly required : decoding four billion years of life, from ancient fossils to DNASome Assembly Required

by Neil Shubin

The death of Vivek OjiThe Death of Vivek Oji

by Akwaeke Emezi 

Big summer : a novelBig Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

Sapiens : a graphic history. Volume one, The birth of humankindSapiens

by Yuval Harari

The glass hotelThe Glass Hotel

by Emily St. John Mandel

Caste : the origins of our discontentsCaste

by Isabel Wilkerson

Creating Anna Karenina : Tolstoy and the birth of literature's most enigmatic heroineCreating Anna Karenina

by Bob Blaisdell

The color purpleThe Color Purple

by Alice Walker

How to be less stupid about race : on racism, white supremacy and the racial divideHow to Be Less Stupid About Race

by Crystal Marie Fleming

The city we becameThe City We Became

by N.K. Jemisin

The empress of salt and fortuneThe Empress of Salt and Fortune

by Nghi Vo

Dearly : new poemsDearly

by Margaret Atwood

The guest list : a novelThe Guest List

by Lucy Foley

My dark Vanessa : a novelMy Dark Vanessa

by Kate Russell


by Raven Leilani

Anxious people : a novelAnxious People

by Fredrik Backman

Entangled life : how fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futuresEntangled Life

by Merlin Sheldrake

Real lifeReal Life

by Brandon Taylor

Hood feminism : notes from the women that a movement forgotHood Feminism

by Mikki Kendall


by Charlotte McConaghy

A life on our planet : my witness statement and a vision for the futureA Life on Our Planet

by David Attenborough

Shuggie Bain : a novelShuggie Bain
by Douglas Stuart

Young Adult

Clap when you landClap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Stamped : racism, antiracism, and youStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Love, Creekwood : a Simonverse NovellaLove, Creekwood

by Becky Albertalli

The queen of nothingThe Queen of Nothing

by Holly Black

Felix ever afterFelix Ever After

by Kacen Callender

Girl, serpent, thornGirl, Serpent, Thorn

by Melissa Bashardoust

The inheritance gamesThe Inheritance Games

by Jennifer Barnes

Grown : a novelGrown 

by Tiffany Jackson


by Yamile Saied Mendez

Cemetery boysCemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas


I am every good thingI Am Every Good Thing

by Derrick Barnes

We are water protectorsWe Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom

Schomburg : the man who built a librarySchomburg

by Carole Boston Weatherford

The farmer and the monkeyThe Farmer and the Monkey

by Marla Frazee

Race to the sunRace to the Sun

by Rebecca Roanhorse

Before the ever afterBefore the Ever After

by Jacqueline Woodson

King and the dragonfliesKing and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender

We dream of spaceWe Dream of Space

by Erin Entrada Kelly

The serious gooseThe Serious Goose

by Jimmy Kimmel

Just like meJust Like Me

by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

This book is grayThis Book is Gray

by Lindsay Ward

The cool beanThe Cool Bean

by Jory John

The oldest student : how Mary Walker learned to readThe Oldest Student

by Rita Hubbard

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