Books of 2020

I have been doing a lot of writing lately!

I mean, a lot-a lot of writing! And, the writing inspires reading… Also, having Lena as my sister inspires me to read. If you know Lena, you know her books are among her most prized possessions (and, i’m talking a small library full of books, here). We had a conversation off camera where we talked all things literature of 2020.

Take a look at our top-5 favorite books from 2020!


First, something to consider if you’re interested in reading and/or investing in buying your own copy: buy from Thrift Books!

Thrift books is a low-priced online bookseller of recycled, or previously-loved, books based in Seattle, Washington.

We’ve gone ahead and linked each book to Thrift Books for your connivence.

Alright, now, listed in no particular order:

1. The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon

A masterful and timeless interrogation of race, colonialism, psychological trauma, and revolutionary struggle, and a continuing influence on movements from Black Lives Matter to decolonization. A landmark text for revolutionaries and activists… Purchase from Thrift Books here!

2. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K LeGuin

(Neil Gaiman)Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. the lessons of Earthsea remain as potent, as wise, and as necessary as anyone could dream. Purchase from Thrift Books here!

3. Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks

In incisive essays, hooks addresses the wide spectrum of topics dealing with race and racism in the United States: friendship between Black women and white women; psychological trauma among African Americans; and internalized racism in movies and the media. hooks tackles the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it, sharing a vision where “killing rage”–the fierce anger of Black people stung by repeated instances of everyday racism–offers not only a wellspring of love and strength, but also a realistic catalyst for positive change. Purchase from Thrift Books here!

4. Prosecutors and Democracy by David Alan Sklansky

Focusing on the relationship between prosecutors and democracy, this volume throws light on key questions about prosecutors and the role they should play in liberal self-government. Internationally distinguished scholars discuss how prosecutors can strengthen democracy, how they sometimes undermine it, and why it has proven so challenging to hold prosecutors accountable while insulating them from politics. This is an important new resource for legal scholars and reformers, political philosophers, and social scientists. Purchase from Thrift Books here!

5. The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Arjuna’s struggle in the Bhagavad Gita is acutely modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life and turns to find the path again by asking direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul. Purchase from Thrift Books here!

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