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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner)
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner)

by Patty Yumi Cottrell

This is what we talk about when we talk about voice in the Discover reading room. The unforgettable (and slightly oddball) narrator crawled into our heads and wouldn’t leave, even after we finished reading. Fans of Discover Award winner All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld won’t want to miss this highly original tale of a strange girl washed up on stranger shores.

Winner, Nonfiction

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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner)
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner)

by Jessica Bruder

This timely and insightful narrative follows a new generation of itinerant worker: older Americans who have been left behind by the American Dream. They are “people who never imagined being nomads...driving away from the impossible choices that face what used to be the middle class,” and this book deserves a place on the shelf next to Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich and Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

2nd Place, Fiction

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The End We Start From
The End We Start From

by Megan Hunter

After an unprecedented flood, London is now uninhabitable, and nothing will ever be the same. In this haunting and poetic debut with echoes of previous Discover picks Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Edan Lepucki’s California, a young mother recounts her family’s struggle to survive in an unfamiliar new reality.

2nd Place, Nonfiction

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Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder
Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder

by Leah Carroll

We read Leah Carroll’s brave and wrenching memoir in a single sitting. (And were reminded of Discover pick With or Without You by Domenica Ruta.) This story of a broken family—mother murdered by drug dealers, father dead of alcoholism, a young woman trying to understand the mystery of her parents’ lives and her own place in the world—and portrait of gritty, 1980s Providence is built from dogged reporting and deep compassion.

3rd Place, Fiction

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The Leavers
The Leavers

by Lisa Ko

This emotionally moving and beautifully written novel—a finalist for the National Book Award—is a powerful exploration of love, loyalty and family. The bonds between parents and children are tested in all directions in this story of immigration and assimilation, coming of age and coming home.  This is a terrific recommendation for fans of Celeste Ng’s latest bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere.

3rd Place, Nonfiction

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The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

by Michael W. Twitty

We love reading history that unfolds like a detective story. A culinary historian traces his family’s roots and the charged politics surrounding the origins of Southern cuisine in this incredible and unique memoir that ties together personal and public narratives to uncover a must-read part of America’s past. (Like Jane Ziegelman’s 97 Orchard.)