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Best of Books of 2020

10 overlooked books of 2020, selected by the editors of the LA Times

Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels Cover Image
Collected Stories Cover Image
Breasts and Eggs Cover Image
Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency Cover Image
Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
Igifu Cover Image
Self-Portrait Cover Image
Topics of Conversation: A novel Cover Image
The Appointment: A Novel Cover Image
Drifts: A Novel Cover Image

65 of our favorite books, selected by Lit Hub

Out of Mesopotamia Cover Image
Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains Cover Image
In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials Cover Image
We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
Parakeet: A Novel Cover Image
The Historians: Poems Cover Image
What Happens at Night Cover Image
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath Cover Image
When No One Is Watching: A Thriller Cover Image
The Nancy Reagan Collection Cover Image
Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir Cover Image
Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
Suppose a Sentence Cover Image
The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic Cover Image
The Constant Rabbit: A Novel Cover Image
The Park Cover Image
Cleanness Cover Image
What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World Cover Image
The Harpy Cover Image
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
The Unseen Cover Image
Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel Cover Image
Trouble the Saints: A Novel Cover Image
A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems Cover Image
Luster: A Novel Cover Image
Vesper Flights Cover Image
A Burning: A novel Cover Image
Animal Spirit: Stories Cover Image
Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
Hurricane Season Cover Image
Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate (Page-Barbour Lectures) Cover Image
A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
Earthlings Cover Image
The Cactus League: A Novel Cover Image
These Violent Delights: A Novel Cover Image
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form Cover Image
Hamnet Cover Image
Quotients Cover Image
Weather: A novel Cover Image
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
These Women: A Novel Cover Image
The Law of Lines: A Novel Cover Image
The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time Cover Image
Follow Me to Ground: A Novel Cover Image
The Ministry for the Future: A Novel Cover Image
Crystal Clear: Reflections on Extraordinary Talismans for Everyday Life Cover Image
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
You Will Never Be Forgotten: Stories Cover Image
The Lightness: A Novel Cover Image
How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Arab Congress of 1920, the Destruction of the Syrian State, and the Rise of Anti-Liberal Islamism Cover Image
Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
How to Make a Slave and Other Essays (21st Century Essays) Cover Image
How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy Cover Image
Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World Cover Image
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Cover Image
The Nature of Desert Nature (Southwest Center Series ) Cover Image
How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish Cover Image
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image

100 notable books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review

Homeland Elegies: A Novel Cover Image
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line: A Novel Cover Image
The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War--a Tragedy in Three Acts Cover Image
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III Cover Image
The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
Felon: Poems Cover Image
Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World Cover Image
Everywhere You Don't Belong Cover Image
97,196 Words: Essays Cover Image
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism Cover Image
Obit Cover Image
The Death of Jesus: A Novel Cover Image
Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir Cover Image
A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America Cover Image
Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town Cover Image
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Cover Image
Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time Cover Image
The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia Cover Image
The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
Sea Wife: A novel Cover Image
Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World Cover Image
The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World Cover Image
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East Cover Image
The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War Cover Image
Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe Cover Image
Cleanness Cover Image
Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia Cover Image
The Mercies Cover Image
The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir Cover Image
The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous Cover Image
The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice Cover Image
Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World Cover Image
Breasts and Eggs Cover Image
Writers & Lovers Cover Image
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Cover Image
The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win Cover Image
The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution Cover Image
Red Pill: A novel Cover Image
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
Luster: A Novel Cover Image
The Boy in the Field: A Novel Cover Image
The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) Cover Image
A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star Cover Image
A Burning: A novel Cover Image
The Mirror & the Light: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
War: How Conflict Shaped Us Cover Image
His Only Wife Cover Image
Hurricane Season Cover Image
The Duke Who Didn't Cover Image
Monogamy: A Novel Cover Image
A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
Why I Don't Write: And Other Stories Cover Image
Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel Cover Image
The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir Cover Image
Earthlings Cover Image
Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country Cover Image
The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel Cover Image
Beheld Cover Image
Hamnet Cover Image
A Promised Land Cover Image
The Aosawa Murders Cover Image
The Glass Kingdom: A Novel Cover Image
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 Cover Image
Missionaries: A Novel Cover Image
The King at the Edge of the World: A Novel Cover Image
Feed Cover Image
Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
Jack (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music Cover Image
Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace Cover Image
This Is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home Cover Image
The Memory Monster Cover Image
Saint X: A Novel Cover Image
Little Eyes: A Novel Cover Image
Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions Cover Image
Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future Cover Image
Minor Detail Cover Image
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl Cover Image
Man of My Time: A Novel Cover Image
Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J. B. S. Haldane Cover Image
The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World Cover Image
Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America Cover Image
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist Cover Image
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
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Memorial: A Novel Cover Image
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
The Tunnel Cover Image
Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party Cover Image
How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison Cover Image