Over the last year, more than 100 titles have been recommended by our readers. The complete list is available by clicking here. We hope you’ll continue to send us your suggestions for good things to read. Here is the last installment for 2020:
by Isabel Wilkerson
In this powerful and extraordinarily timely social history, Pulitzer winner Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns) investigates the origins, evolution, and inner workings of America’s “shape-shifting, unspoken” caste system. (2020, 476 pgs; Non-fiction)
by John Banville
The sinister and unnerving Snow has all the trimmings of a classic country house mystery – body in the library, closed circle of suspects, foul weather – all elevated by Banville’s immaculate, penetrating prose. (2020, 304 pgs; Fiction)
A Series of Fortunate Events
by Sean B. Carroll
Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but startling scientific discoveries over the past half-century are revealing that we live in a world driven by chance. Carroll tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. (2020, 224 pgs; Non-fiction)
by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
When the American justice system fails, a distressingly common occurrence on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Virgil Wounded Horse is the guy you call to mete out punishment on his own terms–even if you’re a tribal councilman looking to get heroin off your reservation. (2020, 325 pgs; Fiction)
A Promised Land
by Barack Obama
In the highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency. (2020, 751 pgs; Biography)
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
by Robert Dugoni
Born with ocular albinism, small-town eye doctor Sam Hill must finally face a past tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known–a journey that makes him realize what truly matters. (2018, 428 pgs; Fiction)
City of Windows
by Robert Pobi
City of Windows introduces Lucas Page, a brilliant, reluctant investigator, matching wits with a skilled, invisible killer. To identify and hunt down this ruthless, seemingly unstoppable killer, Page must discover what hidden past connects the victims before he himself loses all that is dear to him. (2019, 388 pgs; Fiction)
by Anthony Horowitz
This is an ingenious, twisting tribute to the sleepy English countryside murder and will thoroughly entertain readers of old fashioned detective thrillers. (2017, 236 pgs; Fiction)
We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend for 2021.
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