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The NYTimes Best Books of 2020

Congratulations to our fiction and nonfiction books that made “The 10 Best Books of 2020” list by the editors of The Times Book Review.

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    Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture

    Deacon King Kong

    by James McBride

    Deacon King Kong is deeply felt, beautifully written and profoundly humane; McBride’s ability to inhabit his characters’ foibled, all-too-human interiority helps transform a fine book into a great one.” —The New York Times Book Review 
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    Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Hamnet

    by Maggie O’Farrell

    Hamnet is an exploration of marriage and grief written into the silent opacities of a life that is at once extremely famous and profoundly obscure… In Hamnet, Shakespeare’s marriage is complicated and troubled, yet brimming with love and passion… This novel is at once about the transfiguration of life into art– it is O’Farrell’s extended speculation on how Hamnet’s death might have fueled the creation of one of his father’s greatest plays– and at the same time, it is a master class in how she, herself does it.—Geraldine Brooks, the New York Times Book Review
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    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    The Vanishing Half

    by Brit Bennett

    “Bennett’s gorgeously written second novel, an ambitious meditation on race and identity, considers the divergent fates of twin sisters, born in the Jim Crow South, after one decides to pass for white. Bennett balances the literary demands of dynamic characterization with the historical and social realities of her subject matter.”—The New York Times
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    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Hidden Valley Road

    by Robert Kolker

    “The curse of the Galvin family is the stuff of Greek tragedy. Kolker tells their story with great compassion, burrowing inside the particular delusions and hospitalizations of each brother while chronicling the family’s increasingly desperate search for help. But Hidden Valley Road is more than a narrative of despair, and some of the most compelling chapters come from its other half, as a medical mystery.”—Sam Dolnick, The New York Times Book Review
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    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    A Promised Land

    by Barack Obama

    “Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. . . . [A Promised Land] is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. . . . The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history, and how America changed while also remaining unchanged.”—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New York Times Book Review
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    Hardcover
    $45.00

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    Shakespeare in a Divided America

    by James Shapiro

    “[A] terrific new book . . . If Jill Lepore and the late Tony Judt had collaborated, this taut, swift and insightful tract might have been the offspring . . . Among all the fine words currently being spilled examining the American mess, James Shapiro has outshone many of our best political pundits with this superb contribution to the discourse. He upped the wattage simply by bouncing his spotlight off a playwright 400 years dead who yet again turns out to be, somehow, us.”—David Ives, New York Times Book Review
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    $18.00

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    War: How Conflict Shaped Us

    by Margaret MacMillan

    “[A] richly eclectic discussion of how culture and society have been molded by warfare throughout history . . . as colorful and tightly woven as a Persian carpet, showing us not just the many ways that men and women make war, but how war makes women and men . . . MacMillan writes with enormous ease, and practically every page of this book is interesting, even entertaining. . . . The greatest pleasures of this book are the historical anecdotes, moments and quotations that MacMillan marshals on nearly every page to illustrate her points. They are bold, arresting and various, and they make the book come alive.”—Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book Review
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    War: How Conflict Shaped Us Book Cover Picture

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    $30.00

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