Alta’s Top Book Reviews of 2020

New books from Mike Davis and Jon Wiener, Lynell George, Juan Felipe Herrera, Laila Lalami, Felicia Luna Lemus, Attica Locke, Roberto Lovato, Kay Ryan, Rebecca Solnit, and Tom Zoellner captured the hearts of our critics.

year in review 2020, juan felipe herrera, laila lalami, felicia luna lemus, attica locke,
Alta

Alta books editor David L. Ulin selects his favorite print and online reviews of the past year.

Highway 59 Revisited
attica locke makes it look easy in her most recent highway 59 mystery novel, heaven, my home
ULF ANDERSEN/GETTY IMAGES

Attica Locke’s new mystery offers a consequential commentary on contemporary politics.

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The Art of Rebecca Solnit’s Essay
rebecca solnit, recollections of my nonexistance
David Butow

What makes Rebecca Solnit’s essays so popular? That they’re probably so right. And that’s a problem.

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A Poet in Her Element
former us poet laureate kay ryan distills a lifetime of thinking about—and writing—verse with the essays collected in synthesizing gravity
GROVE PRESS

With the essays in Synthesizing Gravity, Kay Ryan pulls back the covers on her verse.

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True Stories of L.A. in the 1960s
set the night on fire, mike davis, jon wiener
Verso

Mike Davis and Jon Wiener revisit the turbulence of Los Angeles in the 1960s—and come correct.

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Laila Lalami Goes Deep
laila lalami, author of conditional citizens
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Conditional Citizens excavates the history of exclusion.

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The Book of Love
felicia luna lemus, particulate matters
Felicia Luna Lemus

Felicia Luna Lemus’s Particulate Matter is a memoir of intimacy and grace.

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The Wounds of History
unforgetting, roberto lovato
Harper

Roberto Lovato’s Unforgetting chronicles public and private wars.

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Drive, He Said
tom zoellner, the national road
Counterpoint

Tom Zoellner’s The National Road seeks to take the measure of America.

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The Better Angels of His Nature
every day we get more illegal, juan felipe herrera
Carlos Puma

In Every Day We Get More Illegal, Juan Felipe Herrera doubles down on hope.

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Kindred Spirits
a handful of earth a handful of sky, lynell george
Angel City Press

Lynell George channels Octavia E. Butler in A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky.

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