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Trending Books of the Year

These are the books and authors that readers have been talking about this year. From newsworthy nonfiction to the latest book club picks, find out what readers have loved and shared in 2020.

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    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)

    by Bryan Stevenson

    “[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.” —John Legend
    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Homegoing Book Cover Picture
    Homegoing Book Cover Picture

    Homegoing

    by Yaa Gyasi

    Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Homegoing Book Cover Picture
    Homegoing Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Where the Crawdads Sing Book Cover Picture
    Where the Crawdads Sing Book Cover Picture

    Where the Crawdads Sing

    by Delia Owens

    “I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!” –Reese Witherspoon
    Where the Crawdads Sing Book Cover Picture
    Where the Crawdads Sing Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Searcher Book Cover Picture
    The Searcher Book Cover Picture

    The Searcher

    by Tana French

    “The queen of crime returns with a thriller about a retired Chicago police officer who discovers the sinister underbelly of a seemingly quaint Irish town.” —Entertainment Weekly
    The Searcher Book Cover Picture
    The Searcher Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Evening and the Morning Book Cover Picture
    The Evening and the Morning Book Cover Picture

    The Evening and the Morning

    by Ken Follett

    “Follett is a master.” —The Washington Post
    The Evening and the Morning Book Cover Picture
    The Evening and the Morning Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $36.00

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    A Promised Land Book Cover Picture
    A Promised Land Book Cover Picture

    A Promised Land

    by Barack Obama

    “. . . nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid.” —The New York Times Book Review
    A Promised Land Book Cover Picture
    A Promised Land Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $45.00

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    The Queen's Gambit (Television Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
    The Queen's Gambit (Television Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

    The Queen’s Gambit

    by Walter Tevis

    “It’s advisable to tape your fingers before opening The Queen’s Gambit. Otherwise, the suspense may bring on nail-chewing right to the elbow.” —Houston Chronicle
    The Queen's Gambit (Television Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
    The Queen's Gambit (Television Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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

    The Vanishing Half

    by Brit Bennett

    “A story of absolute, universal timelessness …For any era, it’s an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it’s piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be….” —Entertainment Weekly
    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture
    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Book of Two Ways Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Two Ways Book Cover Picture

    The Book of Two Ways

    by Jodi Picoult

    “It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.”—Financial Times
    The Book of Two Ways Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Two Ways Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    Rodham Book Cover Picture
    Rodham Book Cover Picture

    Rodham

    by Curtis Sittenfeld

    “Deviously clever . . . Sittenfeld’s Hillary is both a player in the Game of Thrones and a romance novel heroine. She’s a brilliant badass who has found her voice and knows how to use it. She’s whoever she wants to be.” —O: The Oprah Magazine
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    Rodham Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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

    Caste

    by Isabel Wilkerson

    “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” —The New York Times
    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture
    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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

    Friends and Strangers

    by J. Courtney Sullivan

    “You’ll like this one… a modern look at power dynamics, privilege, and motherhood, and one you’ll be seeing all over Insta.” —TheSkimm
    Friends and Strangers Book Cover Picture
    Friends and Strangers Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.95

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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

    “…adventurous and addicting. You’ll hang on every last word.” —HelloGiggles
    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Book Cover Picture
    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture
    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture

    Mexican Gothic

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian
    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture
    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Ready Player Two Book Cover Picture
    Ready Player Two Book Cover Picture

    Ready Player Two

    by Ernest Cline

    “An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.” —CNN
    Ready Player Two Book Cover Picture
    Ready Player Two Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    Dune Book Cover Picture
    Dune Book Cover Picture

    Dune

    by Frank Herbert

    Soon to be a major motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya and more!
    Dune Book Cover Picture
    Dune Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    A Burning Book Cover Picture
    A Burning Book Cover Picture

    A Burning

    by Megha Majumdar

    A Burning is quietly beautiful and devastating. Its tone and pacing are measured perfectly. It is as funny as it is sad. This book won’t let you go, and you won’t want it to end.” —Tommy Orange
    A Burning Book Cover Picture
    A Burning Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.95

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    Breath Book Cover Picture
    Breath Book Cover Picture

    Breath

    by James Nestor

    “A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe—and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
    Breath Book Cover Picture
    Breath Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Untamed Book Cover Picture
    Untamed Book Cover Picture

    Untamed

    by Glennon Doyle

    “Some books shake you by the shoulder while others steal your heart. In Untamed, Glennon does both at the exact same time.”—Brené Brown
    Untamed Book Cover Picture
    Untamed Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Transcendent Kingdom Book Cover Picture
    Transcendent Kingdom Book Cover Picture

    Transcendent Kingdom

    by Yaa Gyasi

    “If you read one book this year, make it Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom.“ —Pop Sugar
    Transcendent Kingdom Book Cover Picture
    Transcendent Kingdom Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.95

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    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture
    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture

    Sex and Vanity

    by Kevin Kwan

    “Deliciously modern… drama, diamonds, and satire galore.” —Vanity Fair
    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture
    Sex and Vanity Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    1984 Book Cover Picture
    1984 Book Cover Picture

    1984

    by George Orwell

    Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever.
    1984 Book Cover Picture
    1984 Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $9.99

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    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    The Nickel Boys

    by Colson Whitehead

    “[The Nickel Boys] should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation’s best.” —Entertainment Weekly
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    All Adults Here Book Cover Picture
    All Adults Here Book Cover Picture

    All Adults Here

    by Emma Straub

    “An immensely charming and warmhearted book. It’s a vacation for the soul.”—Vox
    All Adults Here Book Cover Picture
    All Adults Here Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture
    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture

    How to Be an Antiracist

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” —The New York Times
    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture
    How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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