Let's face it: The world is in a weird place right now. This country is in a weird place right now. And the book industry is pretty much always in a weird place. With so much weirdness to contend with, thank goodness there are books — books that explain politics and relationships (or let us escape them entirely), books that explore art and science, books that dive into our history and others that imagine our future. The following are the best of the books we’ve read since January 1, 2019: We hope you read them too, and that they help to replace a little bit of that weird with a great deal more wonder.