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Best Books of 2020 from Independent Publishers

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Best Books of 2020 from Independent Publishers

Best Books of 2020 from Independent Publishers

2020 might not have been the best year ever overall, but it was a great year for books. Here (in no particular order) are our top picks of books from independent publishers in 2020

If you’d like to purchase any of these books, we’d highly recommend seeking out your local independent bookstore. Your business helps ensure the survival of these vital cultural institutions during this difficult time.

Cover Art for Shuggie Bain
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Grove Press)
Cover Art for The Bitch
The Bitch by Pilar Quintana (World Editions)
Cover Art for The Lying Life of Adults
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions)
Cover Art for Braiding Sweetgrass
Braiding Sweetgrass: Special Edition by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions)
Cover Art for The Awakward Black Man
The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley (Grove Press)
Cover Art for The Bear
The Bear by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press)
Cover Art for The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow: 10th Anniversary Edition by Michelle Alexander (The New Press)
Cover Art for Temporary
Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House Press)
Cover Art for The Advice Trap
The Advice Trap by Michael Bungay Stanier (Page Two Books)
Cover Art for Breasts and Eggs
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (Europa Editions)
Cover Art for Out of Mesopotamia
Out of Mesopotamia by Salar Abdoh (Akashic Books)
Cover Art for Crooked Hallelujah
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford (Grove Press)
Cover Art for The Adventures of China Iron
The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Charco Press)
Cover Art for Beneficence
Beneficence by Meredith Hall (David R. Godine, Publishers)
The Faking of the President
The Faking of the President, Edited by Peter Carlaftes (Three Rooms Press)
Cover Art for Always Young and Restless
Always Young and Restless by Melody Thomas Scott (Diversion Books)
Cover Art for Every Drop of Blood
Every Drop of Blood by Edward Achorn (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Cover Art for How Baseball Happened
How Baseball Happened by Thomas W. Gilbert (David R. Godine, Publisher)
Cover Art for The Lost Spells
The Lost Spells by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris (House of Anansi)
Cover Art for Muddy Matterhorn
Muddy Matterhorn by Heather McHugh (Copper Canyon Press)
Cover Art for My Grandmother's Hands
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem (Central Recovery Press)
Cover Art for Trace Elements
Trace Elements by Donna Leon (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Cover Art for Vesper Flights
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove Press)
Cover Art for We Are the Luckiest
We Are the Luckiest by Laura McKowen (New World Library)
Cover Art for Why We Can't Sleep
Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun (Grove Press)
Cover Art for Writers & Lovers
Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Grove Press)
Cover Art for World of Wonders
World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Milkweed Editions)

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