News | Penguin Random House | New York, 12/09/2020

‘New York Times’ Picks Best Books Of 2020

The “New York Times” has once again chosen its best books of the year in the U.S., and published its “10 Best Books of 2020” list In the “New York Times Book Review” literature supplement. They include no fewer than seven titles from Penguin Random House, among them “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama, of course. The “100 Notable Books of 2020” list published earlier by the “New York Times” featured 39 Penguin Random House titles.

What a set of recommendations for the upcoming holiday season! Each November, the renowned “New York Times” publishes its annual list of “100 Notable Books” of the year, from which it then selects the ten best novels and nonfiction books of the year. And the “10 Best Books of 2020” list, an important guide for holiday season book gifts, includes no fewer than seven titles come from Penguin Random House publishers – among them “A Promised Land” (Crown) by Barack Obama, of course. The list was published in the “New York Times Book Review,” the newspaper’s literary supplement, in early December. 

In addition to the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs, the “New York Times” picked six other Penguin Random House titles as being among the ten best books of the year. Three novels – “Deacon King Kong” (Riverhead) by James Mcbride, “Hamnet” (Knopf) by Maggie O’Farrell, and “The Vanishing Half” (Riverhead) by Brit Bennett – and the nonfiction books “Hidden Valley Road” (Doubleday) by Robert Kolker, “Shakespeare in a Divided America” (Penguin Press) by James Shapiro, and “War: How Conflict Shaped Us” (Random House) by Margaret Macmillan. In 2018, Penguin Random House also had seven of the “10  Best” titles in the annual list. 

Prior to selecting the year’s ten best books, the “New York Times Book Review” had published its list of the “100 Notable Books” of the year in late November, in which Penguin Random House publishers placed a total of 39 titles – 19 novels and 20 nonfiction books.