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“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020….While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy.”Doug Chase, bookseller at Powell’s Books
Runners-up: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
Mystery + Thriller
“Tangled secrets and dark, haunting pasts unravel at the posh wedding of celebrities Will and Jules. As the tension mounted and more was revealed, I couldn’t stop listening until I knew not only whodunnit, but to whom it was done. Foley tells her tale from alternating viewpoints, bringing us gradually and suspensefully into the minds and hearts of her characters.”Nancy, bookseller at Raven Book Store
Runners-up: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
“This was so much fun, both in story, and also to listen to. January is a romance writer, Gus a dark, literary fiction author, and in a fit of rivalry, they make a bet to write a book in each other’s genre for the summer. Packed with emotional depth and plenty of hi-jinks, this is the perfect novel to lighten your heart while challenging your preconceived notions. I wanted to reread it right away!”Tildy, bookseller at Belmont Books
Runners-up: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
“Inspiring the next generation of antiracists, Jason Reynolds’s remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning is outstanding. This accessible book for young readers is read in Reynolds’s laid-back voice, with transitions between chapters delightfully filled with hip hop. Reynolds’s voice also shines through in the text, which he adapts to be not a ‘history book’ (even though it has history in it) but a book about our present.”Kalli, bookseller at Rediscovered Books
Runners-up: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
“Schizophrenia is among the most ruthless of diseases, suddenly erupting in a life, often in adolescence, and turning it inside out in ways few treatments have been able to solve….Kolker weaves the devastating but still humane story of the Galvins together with the often equally frustrating history of schizophrenia’s many failed treatments, and brings the two storylines together to offer some hope for the future. A superbly compelling book.”Tom, bookseller at Phinney Books
Runners-up: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
“It is possible that Dune is even more relevant now than when it was first published.”The New Yorker
Runners-up: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
Politics + Economy
“Kendi has gifted us with a book that is not only an essential instruction manual but also a memoir of the author’s own path from anti-black racism to anti-white racism and, finally, to antiracism….How to Be an Antiracist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, ‘the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.’”NPR
Runners-up: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo, Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
“This is an intriguing story, part family saga, part social commentary, about twin sisters whose lives diverged into two very different directions….Bennett’s characters are well-developed and provide a clearly-drawn portrait of race, gender, and the ties that hold families and relationships together.”Alice, bookseller at Blue Willow Bookshop
Runners-up: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
“This remarkable journey into mythology brings the ancient gods directly and viscerally into the present. Circe is a perfect mashup of elegant language, glorious storytelling, and exquisitely modern sensibilities. Miller’s telling left me awed and moved by Circe and her story, all while wishing I could invite her over for a glass of wine on the porch. How this amazing author so perfectly melds the human and the divine, creating a story both immediate and epic, is dazzling.”Beth Albrecht, bookseller at The Magic Tree Bookstore
Runners-up: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Deacon King Kong by James McBride
“Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid.”Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, New York Times
Runners-up: Untamed by Glennon Doyle, Becoming by Michelle Obama
“Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue.”People Magazine
Runners-up: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) by Philip Pullman
“This was a very helpful text, summarizing the gains of habit-forming through social science research, wellness approaches, and practical wisdom. I listened to the book in the mornings as a way to start my day with more intention….I would recommend this book for anyone seeking to better structure their lives to align with their values, their stated priorities, and their goals.”Ashley, bookseller at Leaves Book and Tea Shop
Runners-up: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
Art by Jane Mount, an illustrator born in Atlanta and formed in Manhattan. In past incarnations she has studied anthropology, co-founded three companies, and won awards for her graphic and interior design skills. She is the author of Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany and My Ideal Bookshelf.
Her bookish products have caught the eye of media outlets including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, and InStyle. She loves Berlin and currently lives in Maui with her Swiss husband and two weird cats.
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