'The Vanishing Half' Tops Lit Hub's 'Ultimate Best Books of 2020' | Book Pulse

Lit Hub looked at 41 best-of lists that recommended 952 books to calculate "The Ultimate Best Books of 2020 List," and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett takes the top spot. More best-of lists are in from Vulture, CrimeReads, and BookPage. There's forthcoming book news from DC about a Batman anthology series, and from Henry Holt on Gabriel Debenedetti's book about the relationship between Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Also, see new trailers for Nomadland and Bridgerton.

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Book Lists

Lit Hub looked at 41 best-of lists that recommended 952 books to calculate "The Ultimate Best Books of 2020 List." The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin) takes the top spot.

Vulture picks "The 10 Best Comedy Books of 2020."

CrimeReads selects the best true-crime books of the year.

BookPage has "The ‘superlative’ books of 2020," plus its readers' favorites.

Bitch Media suggests "7 Books Feminists Should Read in December."

Bustle lists the best books out this week.

The Washington Post recommends audiobooks with animal narrators.

Tor.com rounds up "23 Modern SFF Twists on Classic Stories."

Editors of The Rumpus share their most anticipated books due out in the first half of 2021


The Washington Post reviews D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber (Hanover Square: HarperCollins): "...a rare book that mature readers will appreciate on one level while younger readers enjoy on another."

The NYT reviews Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel by Rachel Holmes (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "At more than 900 pages, Holmes’s book is packed with detail, but marred by so much repetition that the reader is left with the impression of a vast amount of material not fully marshaled into narrative form." Also, "The Short List" column offers brief reviews of "Three Books That Gaze Upward to Heaven and Inward to the Heart."

Book Marks rounds up "The Best Reviewed Books of 2020: Fiction."

Briefly Noted

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin share their favorite books of the year with Amazon.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of Muted by Tami Charles (Scholastic), which is due out Feb. 2, 2021.

DC will publish Batman: Urban Legends, a 64-page monthly anthology comic series, beginning in March 2021. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Henry Holt will publish New York Magazine's Gabriel Debenedetti first book, detailing the relationship between Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Axios reports.

Autostraddle has a Q&A with six writers featured in Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 (Start: S. & S.). 

Eula Biss, Having and Being Had (Riverhead: Penguin), talks with The Rumpus about the challenges of being an artist within capitalism

Electric Lit interviews Caelainn Hogan, Republic of Shame: How Ireland Punished ‘Fallen Women’ and Their Children (Penguin).

Elizabeth Acevedo, Claudia Rankine, and others share "The things that helped us survive 2020" with PBS NewsHour.

The latest NPD BookScan report shows that over the last five weeks, ending Dec. 5, unit sales grew 12 percent compared to the same holiday period in 2019.

From American Dirt to Rage and from independent bookstores to Amazon, the Associated Press looks at this year in publishing.

A teen was expelled after his mother complained about his class reading August Wilson’s play Fences, which has led to wider conversations about racism and the texts students are exposed to in high school. The NYT reports.

There are more appreciations of John le Carré. Tom McTague explores what his writing revealed about England's ruling class in The Atlantic. In Vogue, Taylor Antrim shares "What Reading le Carré Taught Me About My Father." Publishers Weekly revisits a data visualization of his career. The NYT suggests "9 Great John le Carré Adaptations to Stream." 

Authors on Air

See the official trailer for Nomadland, based on the book by Jessica Bruder and due out Feb. 2021. Also, there's an official trailer for Bridgerton, based on the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and available on Netflix Dec. 25.

Range Media is partnering with CrichtonSun to develop "several TV series and a major screen event adaptation" based on the work of late author Michael Crichton. Deadline reports.

Book Riot looks at YA book adaptations due out next year.

Carl Safina discusses Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace (Henry Holt: Macmillan), with the Keen On podcast.

Wired's Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast interviews Erin Lindsey, The Silver Shooter: A Rose Gallagher Mystery (Minotaur: Macmillan).

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