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2020 Books You Might Have Missed

Titles published in 2020 that have appeared on multiple “best of” lists as chosen by various newspapers, journals, media outlets and librarians.

 

Homeland Elegies: a Novel
Ayad Akhtar (eBook – OverDrive)

A Long Petal of the Sea
Isabel Allende (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

From Blood and Ash
Jennifer L. Armentrout (eBook – OverDrive)

Anxious People
Fredrik Backman (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

If I Had Your Face
Frances Cha (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Piranesi
Susanna Clarke (eBook – OverDrive)

When No One is Watching
Alyssa Cole (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The New Wilderness
Diane Cook

Blacktop Wasteland
S.A. Cosby (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

You Had Me at Hola
Alexis Daria (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Pull of the Stars
Emma Donoghue (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Axiom’s End
Lindsay Ellis (eBook – OverDrive)

The Night Watchman
Louise Erdrich (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

The Evening and the Morning
Ken Follett (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Searcher
Tana French (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Party of Two
Jasmine Guillory (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Transcendent Kingdom
Yaa Gyasi (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

And Now She’s Gone
Rachel Howzell Hall (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Book of Lost Names
Kristin Harmel (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)
Where the Lost Wander
Amy Harmon

The Once and Future Witches
Alix E. Harrow (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Beach Read
Emily Henry (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The City We Became
N.K. Jemisin (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Jane Austen Society
Natalie Jenner (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Happy Ever After Playlist
Abby Jimenez (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Vanished Birds
Simon Jimenez (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Space between Worlds
Micaiah Johnson (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Henna Artist
Alka Joshi (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Hollow Places
T. Kingfisher

The House in the Cerulean Sea
TJ Klune  (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Luster
Raven Leilani (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

A Burning
Megha Majumdar (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Mirror & the Light
Hilary Mantel (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

Crescent City
Sarah J. Maas (eBook – OverDrive)

Deacon King Kong
James McBride (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Long Bright River
Liz Moore (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Mexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Dear Edward
Ann Napolitano (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

Deadly Education
Naomi Novik (eBook – OverDrive)

Hamnet
Maggie O’Farrell (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Home Before Dark
Riley Sager (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
V.E. Schwab (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

In Five Years
Rebecca Serle (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

The Sun Down Motel
Simone St. James (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

Hench
Natalie Zina Walschots (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Network Effect
Martha Wells (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Book of Lost Friends
Lisa Wingate (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

 

NONFICTION

 

Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life
Anne Bogel 153.42 BOG (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
Kate Murphy 153.68 MUR

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close
Aminatou Sow 158.25 SOW (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts
Jennie Allen 248.4 ALL

Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s new Midlife Crisis
Ada Calhoun 305.244 CAL (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Mikki Kendall 305.42 KEN (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive)

Minor Feelings: an Asian American Reckoning
Cathy Park Hong 305.4895 HON (eBook – OverDrive)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson 305.5 WIL (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Layla F. Saad 305.809 SAA (eBook – Axis360, Hoopla, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope
Nicholas D. Kristof 306 KRI

Everything Beautiful In Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss
Jenna Bush Hager 306.8745 HAG (eBook – OverDrive)

Untamed
Glennon Doyle 306.893 DOY (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
Aimee Nezhukumatathil 590 NEZ (eBook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

The Beauty of Breaking: a Memoir
Michele Harper 610 HAR (eBook – OverDrive)

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
Robert Kolker 616.898 KOL (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive)

Modern Comfort Food
Ina Garten 641.5 GAR

Solutions and Other Problems
Allie Brosh 741.5 BRO (eBook – OverDrive)

Stranger Planet: Chaos is How I Learn
Nathan W. Pyle 741.5 PYL (eBook – Axis360)

Hollywood Park: a Memoir
Mikel Jollett 781.66 JOL (eBook- OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla)

The Office: the Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s
Andy Greene 791.4572 GRE (eBook – OverDrive)

Notes On Silencing: a Memoir
Lacy Crawford 813.6 CRA (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Wow, No Thank You: Essays
Samantha Irby 814.6 IRB (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
Mike Birbiglia 818.54 BIR (eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: a Memoir
Anonymous 818.6 ANO (eBook – OverDrive)

You’re Doing Great!: and Other Reasons to Stay Alive
Tom Papa 818.6 PAP (eBook – OverDrive)

Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America: Essays
R. Eric Thomas 818.603 THO (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Adventurer’s Son: a Memoir
Roman Dial 910.4 DIA (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

When Time Stopped: a Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains
Ariana Neumann 940.5318 THO (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

The Splendid and the Vile
Erik Larson 940.54211 LAR (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

The House of Kennedy
James Patterson 973.922 PAT (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Axis360, OverDrive)

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
Mary L. Trump 973.933 TRU (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

Rage
Bob Woodward 973.933 WOO (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – OverDrive)

A Very Punchable Face
Colin Jost B JOST (eBook – Axis360, OverDrive)

A Promised Land
Barack Obama B OBA (eAudiobook – OverDrive)

 

Want more? See the compiled list “Best Books of 2020 and links compiled by Largehearted Boy

 

Ajb/mcs 11/20