Jamie's Favorites of 2020

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Isabel Wilkerson does it again. As with The Warmth of Other Suns she explains the nuances of skin color and society. An amazing look at world and US history in regards to the social constructs around skin color and the treatment of people of color. This book is timely as it even touches on the Trump presidency.

Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

An amazing cast of characters and compelling storyline coupled with fantastic dialogue delivers a dynamic novel. One one level this is a great story, but on so many other levels it touches on the Great Migration and class and society- and also how regular folks cross many divides to simply just support each other through life. A great audiobook as well.

Squeeze Me: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524733452
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Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020

Another great romp through very thinly veiled political satire with Carl Hiaasen. A great entertainment for the non-Trump crowd although it never names anyone. Deft wit and hilarious storyline really entertains.

Moonflower Murders: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062955456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

Another great mystery-within-a mystery from Horowitz! A real page turner, clever and entertaining with twists. The novel within the novel was a surprise, and made it even harder to try to guess "who done it" A perfect distraction read, engrossing in all the best ways. --Jamie

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Another great Larson book that follows Winston Churchill and his family and colleagues as they navigate the early days of World War 2. Larson gives great insight into not just Churchill's state of mind and daily activities but also those of German generals and US politicians. A fascinating and informative read.

Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062918000
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Published: Amistad - October 6th, 2020

Doris was a badass and she knew it. You're a fly on the wall as she cases and steals from the most luxurious jewelry retailers in the world using social cues and expectations to her advantage. Part Pam Grier part 007 she led an unbelievably brazen life of crime, and writes about it very well. A real page turner. And a great audiobook as well!

Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing (A Zofia Turbotynska Mystery) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358161462
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Published: Mariner Books - March 17th, 2020

A wonderful historical "thriller" chock full of snarky commentary on society and culture of late 1800's Cracow. A likeable and determined female protagonist leads us by the nose through her search for the truth. Very enjoyable!

Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel (A Pentecost and Parker Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385546553
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Published: Doubleday - October 27th, 2020

A great twist on the hard-boiled detective story featuring female detectives. There's an LGBT love interest which deftly illustrates the problems and dangers a same-sex relationship would involve in 1920's New York City. This angle is a nice addition to the story but does not dominate- at the very least, it's an engrossing whodunit!

The Astonishing Life of August March: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062939388
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Published: Harper - April 7th, 2020

An original and charming tale of a boy who grows up in a theater. The characters are delightful and likeable, and the story is told in a cheeky yet endearing way. Not a heavy book but a fun romp through an unusual life.

88 Names: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062854674
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Published: Harper - March 17th, 2020

Especially enjoyable if you know the gaming world and fun to learn a little if you don’t. A solid mother-son sci-fi plot with intrigue to keep you reading.