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The Best Books of 2020 So Far

Take a look at the must-read books that came out this year! From page-turning nonfiction to thrillers that will keep you up at night, these books are the perfect way to get lost in a new story.

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    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture
    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

    Caste

    by Isabel Wilkerson

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
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    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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    Dear Edward Book Cover Picture
    Dear Edward Book Cover Picture

    Dear Edward

    by Ann Napolitano

    Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.
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    Dear Edward Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Untamed Book Cover Picture
    Untamed Book Cover Picture

    Untamed

    by Glennon Doyle

    In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
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    Untamed Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture

    The Splendid and the Vile

    by Erik Larson

    The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis.
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture
    The Splendid and the Vile Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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    The System Book Cover Picture
    The System Book Cover Picture

    The System

    by Robert B. Reich

    From the best-selling author of The Common Good comes an urgent analysis of how the “rigged” systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.
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    The System Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture
    Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture

    Such a Fun Age

    by Kiley Reid

    A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
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    Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Book Cover Picture
    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Book Cover Picture

    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

    by Hank Green

    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It is a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions about the way we live, our freedoms, our future, and how we handle the unknown.
    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Book Cover Picture
    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    A Burning Book Cover Picture
    A Burning Book Cover Picture

    A Burning

    by Megha Majumdar

    For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise–to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies–and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.
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    A Burning Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.95

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    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture
    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture

    A Long Petal of the Sea

    by Isabel Allende

    From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.
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    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture

    How Much of These Hills Is Gold

    by C Pam Zhang

    An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    When You See Me Book Cover Picture
    When You See Me Book Cover Picture

    When You See Me

    by Lisa Gardner

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters—Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past…which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.
    When You See Me Book Cover Picture
    When You See Me Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture
    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

    The Vanishing Half

    by Brit Bennett

    From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
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    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Intimations Book Cover Picture
    Intimations Book Cover Picture

    Intimations

    by Zadie Smith

    Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of reflective essays by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time.
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    Intimations Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.95

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    Five Days Book Cover Picture

    Five Days

    by Wes Moore and Erica L. Green

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through eight characters on the front lines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore and riveted the world.
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    Five Days Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture
    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture

    Mexican Gothic

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico. “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird” (The Guardian).
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    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture

    Hidden Valley Road

    by Robert Kolker

    The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.
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    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.95

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    True Crimes and Misdemeanors Book Cover Picture
    True Crimes and Misdemeanors Book Cover Picture

    True Crimes and Misdemeanors

    by Jeffrey Toobin

    From CNN chief legal analyst and bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin, a real-life legal thriller about the prosecutors and congressional investigators pursuing the truth about Donald Trump’s complicity in several crimes–and why they failed.
    True Crimes and Misdemeanors Book Cover Picture
    True Crimes and Misdemeanors Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Memoirs and Misinformation

    by Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon

    Memoirs and Misinformation is a fearless semi-autobiographical novel, a deconstruction of persona. In it, Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon have fashioned a story about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our “one big soul,” Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world–apocalypses within and without.
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    Memoirs and Misinformation Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.95

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    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture
    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture

    The Girl with the Louding Voice

    by Abi Daré

    A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.
    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture
    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Begin Again Book Cover Picture

    Begin Again

    by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

    Mixing biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews—with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude’s endeavor, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.
    Begin Again Book Cover Picture
    Begin Again Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Glass Hotel Book Cover Picture
    The Glass Hotel Book Cover Picture

    The Glass Hotel

    by Emily St. John Mandel

    From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events-a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.
    The Glass Hotel Book Cover Picture
    The Glass Hotel Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    The World Book Cover Picture
    The World Book Cover Picture

    The World

    by Richard Haass

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    The World Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    It's Not All Downhill From Here Book Cover Picture

    It’s Not All Downhill From Here

    by Terry McMillan

    After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life—from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale.
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    It's Not All Downhill From Here Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Long Bright River Book Cover Picture

    Long Bright River

    by Liz Moore

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    Long Bright River Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    All Adults Here Book Cover Picture

    All Adults Here

    by Emma Straub

    A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family–as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers.
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    All Adults Here Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Book of Longings Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Longings Book Cover Picture

    The Book of Longings

    by Sue Monk Kidd

    An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.
    The Book of Longings Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Longings Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Jetsetters Book Cover Picture
    The Jetsetters Book Cover Picture

    The Jetsetters

    by Amanda Eyre Ward

    The Jetsetters Book Cover Picture
    The Jetsetters Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Death of Vivek Oji Book Cover Picture
    The Death of Vivek Oji Book Cover Picture

    The Death of Vivek Oji

    by Akwaeke Emezi

    Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.
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    The Death of Vivek Oji Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Wow, No Thank You. Book Cover Picture
    Wow, No Thank You. Book Cover Picture

    Wow, No Thank You.

    by Samantha Irby

    From Samantha Irby–beloved author of New York Times bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life--a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays.
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    Wow, No Thank You. Book Cover Picture

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    $15.95

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    Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture
    Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture

    Deacon King Kong

    by James McBride

    From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, one of the most anticipated novels of the year: a wise and witty tale about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.
    Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture
    Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Death in Her Hands Book Cover Picture
    Death in Her Hands Book Cover Picture

    Death in Her Hands

    by Ottessa Moshfegh

    From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds an ominous note on a walk in the woods.
    Death in Her Hands Book Cover Picture
    Death in Her Hands Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The End of Her Book Cover Picture

    The End of Her

    by Shari Lapena

    Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their twin girls. Then Erica, a woman from Patrick’s past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife’s death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder. Stephanie isn’t sure what, or who, to believe.
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    The End of Her Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Friends and Strangers Book Cover Picture
    Friends and Strangers Book Cover Picture

    Friends and Strangers

    by J. Courtney Sullivan

    An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life, from the best-selling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions (named one of the Washington Post‘s Ten Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Critics’ Pick).
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    Friends and Strangers Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.95

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    Twilight of Democracy Book Cover Picture

    Twilight of Democracy

    by Anne Applebaum

    A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian explains, with electrifying clarity, why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism.
    Twilight of Democracy Book Cover Picture
    Twilight of Democracy Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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