The books that cowered in fear with me in 2020

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from Stoke by Sam Wade

My highest recommendations, in a nutshell:

Sections:

Other years

Fiction

Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, from the book
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by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, from the book

Xenogenesis/Lilith’s Brood series (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago) by Octavia E. Butler

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from a cover of Adulthood Rites

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout

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Missing Person by Patrick Modiani

Comics

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

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Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

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Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

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Stoke by Sam Wade

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Did You See Me? By Sophia Foster-Dimino

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Making Comics by Lynda Barry

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

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Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

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Vagrant Queen vol. 1 by Magdelene Visaggio and Jason Smith

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Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram, and Matt Hollingsworth

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Monstress vol 3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

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Hinges Book One: Clockwork City by Meredith McClaren

Immortal Hulk vol. 1 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy José and others

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Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 by Rick Remender, Robbi Rodriguez and others

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Children’s books

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Anastasia series (Anastasia Krupnik, Anastasia Again!, Anastasia at Your Service, Anastasia Ask Your Analyst, Anastasia on Her Own, Anastasia Has the Answers, Anastasia’s Chosen Career, Anastasia at This Address, Anastasia Absolutely) by Lois Lowry

The House with the Clock in its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, The Letter, the Witch and the Ring, and The Ghost in the Mirror, by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland

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Fablehaven series (Fablehaven, Rise of the Evening Star, Grip of the Shadow Plague, Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary, and Keys to the Demon Prison) by Brandon Mull

Who is Bugs Potter? by Gordon Korman

Blackbriar by William Sleator

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

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Plays

Three Fat Sisters by Morgan Gould

Everybody Black by David Harris

Golden Shield by Anchuli Felicia King

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Photo by Jeff Busby

Nonfiction

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

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I love the 60s throwback cover design

Pandolfini’s Ultimate Guide to Chess, by Bruce Pandolfini

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Bruce Pandolfini

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games by Lazlo Polgár

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The Polgár girls with their father László in 1989. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

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I’m not sure who took this photo; source here

Dreams of Earth and Sky by Freeman Dyson

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Photo/illustration by Imke Lass/Redux and Marc Yankus

Mind Over Matter by K.C. Cole

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The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler

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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know, edited by E. D. Hirsch Jr.

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Independent programmer, chatterbox. http://techno-social.com

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