The 10 Best Books of 2020

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The Vanishing Half
A Promised Land
Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning
Leave the World Behind (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food
Whale Day: And Other Poems (Signed Book)
What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future

The Best Fiction of 2020

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The Vanishing Half
Deacon King Kong
Mexican Gothic
Leave the World Behind (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)
The Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge Series Prequel)
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
The Cold Millions (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)
The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2020

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One by One
Lady in the Lake
The Searcher
The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel
The Boy from the Woods
All the Devils Are Here (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #16)
The Long Call
Squeeze Me: A novel
Heaven, My Home
The Butchers' Blessing

The Best Biographies of 2020

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The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
Eat a Peach
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (National Book Award Winner)
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living between Worlds (Signed Book)
Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck
The Cancer Journals
Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

The Best Cookbooks of 2020

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Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food
Ottolenghi Flavor
Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes
The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do
This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking (Signed Book)
Mastering Bread: The Art and Practice of Handmade Sourdough, Yeast Bread, and Pastry [A Baking Book]
The French Laundry, Per Se