Books You May Have Missed in 2020

So many new books were released in 2020, but with everything else going on in the world you may have missed them! We’ve compiled a list for you of some of our favorites—great new titles in our collection that didn’t get a ton of attention last year.

Browse and borrow the books below by clicking the titles and placing them on hold. You can also find these books on our second-floor display of 2020 titles. If you’d like more information about any of these, call Adult Services at 423-434-4454.


The Ballad of Big Feeling by Ari Braverman
Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow
Threshold by Rob Doyle
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
The Burden of Truth by Neal Griffin
The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes
Friend: A Novel from North Korea by Nam-nyong Paek
Members Only by Sameer Pandya
Marah Chase and the Fountain of Youth by Jay Stringer
A House is a Body: Stories by Shruti Swamy

Historical Fiction

Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty
The Abstainer by Ian McGuire
Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall
Jeeves and the Leap of Faith: A Novel in Homage to P.G. Wodehouse by Ben Schott
The King of Warsaw by Szczepan Twardoch

Romance Fiction

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux
The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey
Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
Zo by Xander Miller
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Science Fiction/Fantasy

My Favorites: A Collection of Short Stories by Ben Bova
Uranus by Ben Bova
Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux
Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
Bright and Dangerous Objects by Anneliese Mackintosh
Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne
88 Names by Matt Ruff
The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy: The Ultimate Collection edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer


What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in my Life by Mark Doty
On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone
150 Favorite Crochet Motifs from Tokyo’s Kazekobo Studio by Yoko Hatta
Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College by Jeff Hobbs
Battlegrounds by H. R. McMaster
Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum by Joe Meno
The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy by Chris Murphy
America’s Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration by National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis by Norman Ohler
American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise by Eduardo Porter
Quick and Delicious: 100 Recipes to Cook in 30 Minutes or Less by Gordon Ramsey
Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina
The Big Book of Cidermaking: Expert Techniques for Fermenting and Flavoring Your Favorite Hard Cider by Christopher Shockey
The NRA: The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth
It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump by Stuart Stevens
Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World by Nikita Stewart
Let the People Pick the President by Jesse Wegman
Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters


My Brother, Muhammed Ali: The Definitive Biography by Rahaman Ali
Brother Robert: Growing up with Robert Johnson by Annye C. Anderson
The Beauty of Living: E. E. Cummings in the Great War by J. Alison Rosenblitt
Odetta by Ian Zack

If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you! Visit our website, call 423-434-4450, or drop by the Library at 100 West Millard Street to get book recommendations and borrow items. You can also order a Book Bundle, items chosen by a librarian that are specifically tailored to your interests.

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