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.

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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image

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


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Furia Cover Image

“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)


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Luster: A Novel Cover Image

“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)


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image

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


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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image

“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)


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Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image

 “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)


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image

“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)


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Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image

“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)


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image

“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)


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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image

“The bold and bad-mouthed blogger of bitchesgottaeat.com 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)