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2020 has been a year like no other (at least we hope it is like no other…)

Here are some of the books that our staff — from Curlew to Mattawa and from Leavenworth to Warden — are recommending as some of the best of 2020. Happy Reading!


Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

The Midnight Library by Matthew Haig

Writer’s and Lovers by Lily King

The Mercies by Kiran Miller Hargrave

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennet

Monogamy by Sue Miller

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Devolution by Max Brooks

Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix


Savage Son by Jack Carr

The Janes by Louisa Luna

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

The Guest List by Lucy Foley


House of Earth and Blood: A Crescent City Novel by Sarah J. Maas

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Network Effect by Martha Wells

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab


Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Sigh,Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller


Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Wong

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jenkins

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Young Adult

Among the Beasts and the Briars by Ashley Poston

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Parachutes by Kelly Yang

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Juvenile Fiction

Soaked by Abi Cushman

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