It feels like a wild
understatement to talk about how this has been a difficult year on every level — global, national, local, and personal. 2020 has become shorthand for overlapping and ongoing crises, for disaster on top of disaster, for navigating a shared sense of awfulness. The usually cheerful look-back-at-the-year roundups have taken on a new tone of survival, and every book we recommend comes with a stated or implied "how it might help you handle everything."
In that spirit: These are the books that saw us through this cursed year. They’re titles that gave us an escape hatch into sunnier times, or the necessary background (informational or emotional) to better understand our present.
Proof That I Exist: A Daily Write Anthology
by Brian Benson and Jennifer Wilkerson