Bethany’s 2020 Book List

  1. Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing
  2. Jeanine Cumming, American Dirt
  3. Jane Yolen, The Devil’s Arithmetic
  4. Jedidiah Jenkins, To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret
  5. Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
  6. Richard Nelson, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
  7. Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Summer of Broken Things
  8. William Landay, Defending Jacob
  9. Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
  10. Dave Eggers, Heroes of the Frontier
  11. Chris Crutcher, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  12. Chris Crutcher, Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories
  13. Zoe Ferraris, City of Veils
  14. Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age
  15. Barry Strauss, Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine
  16. Tacitus, Agricola and Germany (trans. by A.R. Birley)
  17. Lawrence Wright, The End of October
  18. Orson Scott Card, Lost and Found
  19. Avi, Gold Rush Girl
  20. Robert Kolker, Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
  21. Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman
  22. Gregory Maguire, Wicked
  23. Orson Scott Card, Children of the Fleet
  24. Angie Thomas, On the Come Up
  25. Avi, Nothing But the Truth
  26. Ling Ma, Severance
  27. Allen Steele, Arkwright
  28. Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy
  29. Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Revisioners
  30. Jeremy O. Harris, Slave Play
  31. Mary L. Trump, Ph.D., Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
  32. Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Strangers
  33. Joshua Hammer, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
  34. Susan Choi, Trust Exercise
  35. Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Deceivers
  36. Lily King, Writers & Lovers
  37. Gwen Cole, Cold Summer
  38. Laura Moriarty, American Heart
  39. John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
  40. Taylor Mac, Hir
  41. Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow
  42. Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
  43. Lydia Kiesling, The Golden State
  44. Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies
  45. John Gardner, Grendel
  46. Stephen King, The Body
  47. Graham Moore, The Holdout
  48. Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish
  49. Lacy Crawford, Notes on a Silencing
  50. Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet 
  51. H.S. Cross, Grievous
  52. Rainer Maria Rilke and Franz Xaver Kappus, Letters to a Young Poet – With the Letters to Rilke from the “Young Poet” (trans. by Damion Searls)