Some of the Best Books of 2020 You May Have Missed
Don't miss these incredible books released in 2020!
Books Released in 2020
With so many books published each year, it's impossible to read them all even if you wanted to. However, that doesn't mean you can't fit some truly great ones onto your reading list! 2020 was an exceptional year for book releases. Which brings us to this question: how do you pick and choose between the hundreds and thousands of books published each year? We're not entirely sure how to answer that question, but we do have nine suggestions that will keep you busy in the year to come!
1. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw is an intimate look into four generations of women through time. From a middle-aged woman with body image problems standing in her own way of happiness to a teenager in love with the preacher's wife, each of these nine tales pull the curtain back to expose the real people inside, including all their triumphs, betrayals, and mistakes.
2. What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon
If you're looking for a book that will change your preconceived notions about the human body, look no further than Aubrey Gordon's What We Don't talk About When We Talk About Fat. Gordon deftly delves into the ways in which basic human needs, including and especially medical care, are impacted simply due to living in a larger body. The stats put forth in the book are both harrowing and eye-opening for those of all sizes.
3. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Told in verse form, Elizabeth Acevedo's Young Adult novel, Clap When You Land is the story of two sisters who have their entire lives turned upside down. It is only after the death of their father in an airplane crash that Camino and Yahaira discover that the other even exists. Together, they must learn to adapt to both their grief and the father's lies. It won't be easy but, hopefully, it will be worth it.
4. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
A biography wrapped inside a memoir? Color me intrigued! As a grad student, author Jenn Shapland discovered love letters written by a woman named Annemarie to writer Carson McCullers. What comes of it is a tale weaved inside a story. Readers are brought on a journey that dives into the lives of queer women and how it intersects with Shapland's own story.
5. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende's new book? Yes, please! Taking place during the Spanish Civil War, A Long Petal of the Sea follows the pregnant and widowed Roser who is forced to flee her home for France. The survival of herself and her child depend on her dead husband's brother, Viktor. The two board a ship that will take them Chile and must start over if they have any hope of a better future.
6. Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
Afia Atakora's Conjure Women has made waves in the book world but if you haven't read it yet, then you need to add it to your reading list ASAP! The novel is the story of a mother and daughter with the talent for both healing and conjuring curses. Taking place both before and after the Civil War, the novel is filled with the bonds between women, dangerous secrets, and superstition that threatens to destroy everything they've worked so hard to win.
7. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
If you're looking for a cross between magical realism and gothic fiction, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic is a book you don't want to miss. Taking place in Mexico in the 1950s. Noemí's counsin recently married, but something isn't right with her new life. She writes Noemí, begging for her help. Now, it is up to her to figure out what exactly is going on inside the walls of High Place and what secrets lay inside.
8. Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon
After suffering horrible loss in 1960s Laos, orphans Alisak, Prany, and Noi meet doctor Vang tending to the wounded. They become motorcycle couriers, transporting medical supplies to through both death and the destruction of bombs. When Vang manages to evacuate survivors via helicopters, they must find the courage to begin new lives.
9. Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong
Disability is everywhere; twenty percent of American are living with a disability, both visible and invisible. However, it is rarely seen in both pop culture and the media and when it is, it's rarely portrayed accurately or by actual disabled people. In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Alice Wong puts forth a collection of essays from disabled people writing about their experiences.
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