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Most engaging books of 2020

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

The pandemic has been terrible in so many ways, but one silver lining of staying home most of the year has been having more time to read. The following are the books I found most engaging this year, in no particular order. I list academic books separately below, although the division between the two lists isn't at all tidy. If you'd like to read more about the books or purchase them, check out Bookshop.


Memorial Drive by Natasha Tretheway

Uneasy Street by Rachel Sherman

Evil Geniuses by Kurt Anderson

Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe

Breathe by Imani Perry

Eclipse of Dreams by Marco Saavedra, Claudia Muñoz, Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Stephen Pavey, Fidel Castro Rodriguez, Pedro Santiago Martinez

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (again!)

Wayward Lives by Saidiya Hartman

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid


Academic books:

Traveling with Sugar by Amy Moran-Thomas

Life on the Other Border by Teresa Mares

A Mexican State of Mind by Melissa Castillo Planas

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis


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