Chicago Public Library Announces Best Books of 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: list time! And here to kick off another magical season of must-read roundups is Chicago Public Library, with their annual Best Books of 2020, announced yesterday. To peruse the top 20 (you know, for 2020) adult titles of the year, selected by Chicago librarians, see below—and for more Best of the Best lists, including picks for adults, teens, and children, click here.

A Burning, by Megha Majumdar

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

The City We Became, by N. K. Jemisin

The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter

Deacon King Kong, by James McBride

Finna, by Nate Marshall

Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of An American Family, by Robert Kolker

Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar

Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu

Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam

Luster, by Raven Leilani

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Natasha Trethewey

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Mirror & the Light, by Hilary Mantel

Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart

Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald

Writers & Lovers, by Lily King

About the Author:

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Marketing Associate. She graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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