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Best Books of the Year Presentation

Thank you for joining us for our Bookseller Happy Hour event, where we are presenting many of our staff selections for Best Books of the Year. (If you missed the event, you can watch the replay here.) See all of our picks for Best Fiction of the Year here and Best Nonfiction of the Year here. And don't miss our lists of Best Kids Books of the Year and Best Cookbooks of the Year.

Books discussed at our Bookseller Happy Hour:

FICTION: Storytelling

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
A Burning by Megha Majumdar

FICTION: Craft

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

FICTION: HIstorical

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Run Me to the Earth by Paul Yoon

FICTION: Genre

Homie: Poems by Danez Smith
Postcolonial Love Poems by Natalie Diaz
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Oak Flat by Lauren Redniss

NONFICTION: Essays

Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith
Having and Being Had by Eula Biss
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine

NONFICTON: History & Politics

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Pelosi by Molly Ball
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

NONFICTION: Memoir

Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa
Eat a Peach by David Chang
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan

NONFICTION: Science & Nature

Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald