by Powell's Staff, January 27, 2020 9:43 AM
Powell's New Book Buying team has a front row seat to the thousands of new titles published each year and, like the experts they are, they have an opinion or five about what's worth getting really excited about. Below you'll find a list of the literature, science, sci-fi, kids' books, cookbooks, and more that the buying team can't wait to read and recommend in 2020.
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Kim T. is the one of the children’s book buyers and the performing arts buyer. She loves spending time with her family and their Australian Shepherd.
Odetta (April 2020)
by Ian Zack
Doug C. orders comic books for Powell’s, ruins many polite conversations with brilliant puns, and is about to take a nap.
Keith M. buys history, social science, politics, crime, and business books. Someone at Random House should tell him when President Obama’s book will be published. Seriously, it’s not like it’s a state secret or anything.
Keith's bonus book:
The Problem We All Live With
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Is this book coming in 2020? I sure hope so. I was hoping for it in the winter of 2019 and then the spring of 2020, but it remains, as yet, unannounced. Nikole Hannah-Jones is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant and recently spearheaded The New York Times
’ 1619 Project. Her work on school segregation has earned her a panoply of awards; I eagerly await her book-length treatment of this vexing problem that, as she has repeatedly shown, lays bare the fact that the reason so many social ills persist is simply because we lack the will to implement known solutions.
Corie KB. is a veggie gardener, DNA nerd, and lover of all things Pug.
Jennifer H. buys sports books. Her three favorite things are books, cats, and basketball.
Leah C. has always been a reader and a collector... which means she has basically spent her entire life as a book buyer, even when she wasn’t getting paid for it. Luckily, now she buys for a wide variety of adult nonfiction categories, so she can (mostly) use her powers for good.
Madeline S. buys kids' books and world language titles. Her favorite author is Diana Wynne Jones, she has a black cat named Coraline, and her daemon would be a Victoria crowned pigeon.
Madeline's bonus book:
The Little Witch’s Book of Spells
by Ariel Kusby and Olga Baumert
Though it doesn’t yet have a cover released, I’d also like to share my excitement for The Little Witch’s Book of Spells
by Portland local Ariel Kusby! This collection of spells, potions, and activities (illustrated by Olga Baumert) will serve as an excellent introduction to the magical arts for witchy youngsters, while instilling the importance and beauty of the natural world. This is the book I wish had existed when I was a child; derailing my pirate-themed birthday party to recruit all of the guests to instead make magic potions would have been all the better with a guidebook.
Mary Jo's Picks
Mary Jo S. buys literature and science fiction. She firmly believes in the redemptive power of strong tea.
Leah B.'s Picks
Leah B. buys for an assortment of subjects including art and photography. She loves making things and is getting better at keeping her houseplants alive.
The Obama Portraits (February 2020)
by Richard Powell, Taina Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Kim Sajet, and Thelma Golden
McKenzie W. is a romance junkie! She spends most of her free time reading, knitting, or listening to podcasts.
Tracey T. is our cookbook buyer. Besides cooking, Tracey loves all things crafty. Tracey also loves bacon. She has set her kitchen on fire only once.