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 340.092 B
Becoming Wild Book
Breasts and Eggs
A Novel
Book - 2020 Europa Editions KAW
Carville’s Cure Book
The Origins of Our Discontents
Book - 2020 Random House 305.5122 W
Children of the Land
A Memoir
Book - 2020 Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 813.6 HER
Deacon King Kong Book - 2020 Riverhead Books MCB
Hamnet Book
Hidden Valley Road
Inside the Mind of An American Family
Book - 2020 Random House Canada 616.8980092 K
Just Us
An American Conversation
Book - 2020 Graywolf Press 305.896073 R
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry Book
Leave the World Behind
A Novel
Book - 2020 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers ALA
Little Eyes Book - 2020 Riverhead Books LPLW SCH
Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Book - 2020 Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 811.6 TRE
Oak Flat
A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West
Book - 2020 Random House LPLW FN 970.5 R
Owed Book
Piranesi Book - 2020 Bloomsbury Publishing CLA
Postcolonial Love Poem
Book - 2020/03 Graywolf Press ON ORDER
Run Me To Earth Book
Shuggie Bain
A Novel
Book - 2020 Grove Press STU
Temporary Book - 2020 Coffee House Press LEI
The Office of Historical Corrections
A Novella and Stories
Book - 2020 Riverhead Books LPLW EVA
The Vanishing Half Book - 2020 Riverhead Books LPLW BEN
We Have Been Harmonized Book
Wilmington's Lie
The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
Book - 2020 Atlantic Monthly Press 305.80097562709034 Z
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves Book
Deaf Republic Book
Dominiucana Book
Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Book - 2019 Bloomsbury Publishing LPLW 362.60973 A
Everything Inside
Book - 2019 Alfred A. Knopf DAN
Girl, Woman, Other Book - 2019 Black Cat EVA
Lanny Book - 2019 Strange Light POR
Late Migrations
A Natural History of Love and Loss
Book - 2019 Milkweed Editions 818.603 REN
Lost Children Archive
A Novel
Book - 2020 Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC LUI
Mama's Last Hug
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
Book - 2019 W.W. Norton & Company 599.88515 W
Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Book - 2019 Simon & Schuster 363.1799094777 H
Normal People
A Novel
Book - 2019 Alfred A. Knopf Canada LPLW ROO
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
A Novel
Book - 2019 Penguin Press LPLW VUO
Sabrina & Corina
Book - 2019 One World FAJ
Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Book - 2019 Doubleday 364.1523 K
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation Book
The Innocents
A Novel
Book - 2019 Doubleday Canada CRU
The Nickel Boys
A Novel
Book - 2019 Bond Street BooksDoubleday Canada WHI
The Topeka School Book - 2019 McClelland and Stewart LPLW LER
The Tradition Book - 2019 Copper Canyon Press 811.6 BRO
The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
Book - 2019 Tim Duggan Books 304.28 W
The Water Dancer
A Novel
Book - 2019 One World COA
And Other Essays
Book - 2019 The New Press 301.092 COT
Trust Exercise
A Novel
Book - 2019 Henry Holt and Company CHO
A Deep Time Journey
Book - 2019 Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books 551.447 M
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