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It’s official: Our books are some of the best of 2020!

The year’s winding down, and at journals, libraries, and bookstores around the country, that means one thing: best-of lists! By any measure, 2020 has been challenging, and we’re delighted to close it out by applauding some wonderful recognition for our books and authors. Here’s a list of all of our titles that made Best-of-the-Year lists — click on any cover to see which lists it was included in (this page will display best on a laptop or desktop computer). From all of us, here’s wishing you happy holidays and a healthy new year — take good care, and remember to keep reading!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Lists

Shuggie Bain, Douglas  Stuart

New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2020
Time,
 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020
NPR, Best Books of 2020
Washington Post, 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2020
Washington Post, Best Audiobooks of 2020
BuzzFeed
, Best Books of 2020
Los Angeles Times
, 10 Best Books of 2020
Kirkus Reviews
, Best Fiction Books of 2020
Washington Independent Review of Books
, 51 Favorite Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library, Top 20 Boooks of 2020
New York Public Library, Best Fiction Books of 2020
Times (UK), Novel of the Year
Economist, Books of the Year
Barnes & Noble, Best Debuts of 2020
Slate, Best Audiobooks of 2020
Exile in Bookville, Favorite Books of 2020


Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald

Washington Post, 10 Best Books of 2020
NPR, Best Books of 2020
Time
, 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020
Amazon, Best Nonfiction of 2020
Amazon, Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2020
Brain Pickings, Favorite Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library, 20 Best Books of 2020
New York Public Library, Best Nonfiction Books of 2020
BookPage
, Best Books of 2020: Nonfiction
AudioFile
, Best Audiobooks of 2020 — Memoir
Guardian
, Best Nature Books of 2020
Literary  Hub
, 65 Favorite Books of the Year
Guardian
, Best Books of 2020
Slate, Best Audiobooks of 2020
Literary Hub, Best Reviewed Nonfiction of 2020
Book Marks, Best Reviewed Books of 2020: Essay Collections


Writers & Lovers, Lily King

New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2020
Washington Post, 10 Best Books of 2020
NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Maureen Corrigan’s Top 10 Books
NPR, Best Books of 2020
People
, Top 10 Books of 2020
Los Angeles Times
, 10 Best Books of 2020
Amazon, Best Literature and Fiction of 2020
Kirkus Reviews
, Best Fiction Books of 2020
Electric Literature
, Favorite Novels of 2020
Chicago Public Library, 20 Best Books of 2020
New York Public Library, Best Fiction Books of 2020
Guardian
, Best Books of 2020
Times
(UK), Best Fiction Books of 2020
Exile in Bookville, Favorite Books of 2020


Crooked Hallelujah, Kelli Jo Ford

Time, Best Books of 2020
NPR, Best Books of 2020
Washington Post, 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2020
Bustle, Best Books of 2020
Publishers Weekly, Best Fiction of 2020
Chicago Public Library, Best Books of 2020
New York Public Library, Best Short Story Collections of 2020
Shelf Awareness, Best Books of the Year
Booklist, Editors’ Choice 2020 — Fiction


The Awkward Black Man, Walter Mosley

Kirkus Reviews, Best Fiction Books of 2020
Washington Post, 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2020
Boston Globe, The Best Books of 2020
BuzzFeed, Best Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library, Best Books of 2020
New York Public Library, Best Short Story Collections of 2020


Earthlings, Sayaka Murata tr. by Ginny Tapley Takemori

New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2020
Time, Best Books of 2020
PopSugar, Best of October 2020
Literary Hub, 65 Favorite Books of the Year


Wilmington’s Lie, David Zucchino

Publishers Weekly, Best Nonfiction of 2020
Boston Globe, The Best Books of 2020
Amazon, Best History Books of 2020
BookPage, Best Books of 2020: Nonfiction
Literary Hub, 65 Favorite Books of the Year


Why We Can’t Sleep, Ada Calhoun

Bustle, The Best Books of 2020
Glamour, The Best Books of 2020
Amazon, Best Nonfiction of 2020
Parade, Best Audiobooks of 2020


The Lost Pianos of Siberia, Sophy Roberts

TravelPulse, Best Travel Books of 2020
Smithsonian Magazine, Ten Best Books About Travel of 2020
Times (UK), Travel Book of the Year


The Story of a Goat, Perumal Murugan, translated by N. Kalyan Raman

Los Angeles Times, Best Books of 2020
New York Times, Critics’ Picks of 2020


The Shapeless Unease, Samantha Harvey

Vulture, 10 Best Books of 2020
Washington Post, The Most 2020 Books of 2020


The Forger’s Daughter, Bradford Morrow

New York Times Book Review, 10 Best Crime Novels of 2020
Publishers Weekly, Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2020


Miss Iceland, Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir, translated by Brian FitzGibbon

NPR, Best Books of 2020
PopMatters, Best Books of 2020: Fiction


Sicily ’43, James Holland

Wall Street Journal, Holiday Gift Books 2020: History


All the Young Men, Ruth Coker Burks with Kevin Carr O’Leary

Library Journal, Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2020


House Privilege, Mike Lawson

Deadly Pleasures, Best Thrillers of 2020


Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941, Paul Dickson

Washington Independent Review of Books, 51 Favorite Books of 2020


The Harpy, Megan Hunter

Literary Hub, 65 Favorite Books of the Year


A Lover’s Discourse, Xiaolu Guo

Electric Literature, Favorite Novels of 2020


Cry Baby, Mark Billingham

Times of London (UK), Best Crime Books of 2020


Trace Elements, Donna Leon

Times of London (UK), Best Crime Books of 2020


Every Drop of Blood, Edward Achorn

Economist, Books of the Year


Book of the Little Axe, Lauren Francis-Sharma

Booklist, Editors’ Choice 2020 — Fiction


Clean Hands, Patrick Hoffman

Wall Street Journal, Best Mysteries of 2020


Second Sister, Chan Ho-Kei, translated by Jeremy Tiang

Words Without Borders, Our Favorite International Reads of 2020


Track Changes, Sayed Kashua, translated by Mitch Ginsburg

Words Without Borders, Our Favorite International Reads of 2020