Notable Books for Adults

Published annually, and selected by the Reference and User Services Association division of the ALA, recognizing the year’s 25 most important books.

280 items

Title Overview Format & Publisher Call Number
A Knock at Midnight
A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
Book - 2020 Crown Adult Nonfiction Book
Becoming Wild
How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace
Book - 2020 Henry Holt and Company Adult Nonfiction Book
Breasts and Eggs Book - 2020 Europa Editions Adult Fiction Book
Carville's Cure
Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice
Book - 2020 Liveright Publishing Corporation Adult Nonfiction Book
Caste
The Origins of Our Discontents
Book - 2020 Random House Adult Nonfiction Book
Children of the Land Book - 2020 Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers Adult Nonfiction Book
Deacon King Kong
A Novel
Book - 2020 Riverhead Books Adult Fiction Book
Hamnet
A Novel of the Plague
Book - 2020 Alfred A. Knopf Adult Fiction Book
Hidden Valley Road
Inside the Mind of An American Family
Book - 2020 Doubleday Adult Nonfiction Book
Just Us
An American Conversation
Book - 2020 Graywolf Press Adult Nonfiction Book
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry
Poems
Book - 2020 Four Way Books Adult Nonfiction Book
Leave the World Behind
A Novel
Book - 2020 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Adult Fiction Book
Little Eyes Book - 2020 Riverhead Books Adult Fiction Book
Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Book - 2020 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
Oak Flat
A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West
Book - 2020 Random House Adult Nonfiction Book
Owed Book - 2020 Penguin Group USA Adult Nonfiction Book
Piranesi Book - 2020 Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc Adult Fiction Book
Postcolonial Love Poem Book - 2020 Graywolf Press Adult Nonfiction Book
Run Me to Earth
A Novel
Book - 2020 Simon & Schuster Adult Fiction Book
Shuggie Bain
A Novel
Book - 2020 Grove Press Adult Fiction Book
Temporary Book - 2020 Coffee House Press Adult Fiction Book
The Office of Historical Corrections
A Novella and Stories
Book - 2020 Riverhead Books New Adult Fiction Book
The Vanishing Half Book - 2020 Riverhead Books Adult Fiction Book
We Have Been Harmonized
Life in China's Surveillance State
Book - 2020 Custom House Adult Nonfiction Book
Wilmington's Lie
The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
Book - 2020 Atlantic Monthly Press Adult Nonfiction Book
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves
One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
Book - 2019 Viking Adult Nonfiction Book
Deaf Republic
Poems
Book - 2019 Graywolf Press Adult Nonfiction Book
Dominiucana Book
Elderhood
Redefining Medicine, Life, and Aging in America
Book - 2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Adult Nonfiction Book
Everything Inside
Stories
Book - 2019 Alfred A. Knopf Adult Fiction Book
Girl, Woman, Other Book - 2019 Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Adult Fiction Book
Lanny
A Novel
Book - 2019 Graywolf Press Adult Fiction Book
Late Migrations
A Natural History of Love and Loss
Book - 2019 Milkweed Editions Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
Lost Children Archive Book - 2019 Alfred A. Knopf Adult Fiction Book
Mama's Last Hug
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
Book - 2019 W.W. Norton & Company Adult Nonfiction Book
Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Book - 2019 Simon & Schuster Adult Nonfiction Book
Normal People
[a Novel]
Book - 2019 Hogarth Adult Fiction Book
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
A Novel
Book - 2019 Penguin Press Adult Fiction Book
Sabrina & Corina
Stories
Book - 2019 One World Adult Fiction Book
Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Book - 2019 Doubleday Adult Nonfiction Book
The Impeachers
The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of A Just Nation
Book - 2019 Random House Adult Nonfiction Book
The Innocents Book - 2019 Doubleday Adult Fiction Book
The Nickel Boys
A Novel
Book - 2019 Doubleday Adult Fiction Book
The Topeka School Book - 2019 Farrar, Straus and Giroux Adult Fiction Book
The Tradition Book - 2019 Copper Canyon Press Adult Nonfiction Book
The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
Book - 2019 Tim Duggan Books Adult Nonfiction Book
The Water Dancer
A Novel
Book - 2019 One World Adult Fiction Book
Thick
And Other Essays
Book - 2019 The New Press Adult Nonfiction Book
Trust Exercise
A Novel
Book - 2019 Henry Holt and Company Adult Fiction Book
Underland
A Deep Time Journey
Book - 2019 W. W. Norton & Company Adult Nonfiction Book
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