Top 10 Books from 2020

We asked the booksellers at all three of our locations for their favorite books of 2020. These are the top 10 books that made it onto the majority of those lists.

"By redefining racism in the terms of a caste system, Wilkerson has opened new avenues towards equity and reparations." - bookseller, Elijah (Seward Park)

“This book has it all - a driven protagonist; complex and bittersweet relationships; and a vivid, soccer-infused setting of Rosario, Argentina.” - bookseller, Niki (Lake Forest Park)

“Edie of Luster is one of the most fascinating narrators I've ever read--even while embedding herself in uneasy situations she puts forth an intricate and evolving sense of self and breaks apart the world around her with striking incisiveness.” - bookseller, Alyson (Ravenna)

“Think Shirley Jackson meets the film GET OUT. Scary and intense but wholly original.” - bookseller, Rosa (Lake Forest Park)

“Shapland's observations on closeted queer desire and the coded language that still shrouds McCullers' life and literary career pinged my dead heart again and again—I cannot recommend this incredibly unique book enough.” - bookseller, Kitri (Lake Forest Park)

 “As the son of Native Hawaiians myself - I understood Dean’s rebellion, I felt Kaui’s search for purpose, and I rooted wholeheartedly for Nanoa’s ambitious spirit to save the family. This is the Hawaiian novel I’ve long waited for.” - bookseller, Kalani (Ravenna)

“I learned more from this single book than any history class I took in school - seeing all this history compiled together highlights the undeniable patterns throughout America’s history of white people in power undermining black people.” - bookseller, Claire (Lake Forest Park)

“A beautiful novel whose thoughtful protagonist shuffles memories of faith, grief, and family in her steady hands like a deck of playing cards to reveal run after run of thought-provoking beauty.” - bookseller, Christina (Ravenna)

“This is the *perfect* book club book, containing a perfectly-timed plot, intimately-developed characters, and conversation-worthy examinations of identity, privilege, family, and race in America.” - bookseller, Kim (Seward Park)

“The bold and bad-mouthed blogger of is back with her drinks-with-a-friend banter to catch up on life with all the honesty and hilarity of her first book.” - bookseller, Michelle (Seward Park)