'World of Wonders' Chosen 2020 B&N Book of the Year

Barnes & Noble's booksellers have chosen Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments as the winner of Barnes & Noble’s 2020 Book of the Year. Booksellers are asked "to nominate the book they are most proud to sell," with no other criteria. Last year's Book of the Year, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, went on to become a bestseller.

“A lyrical meditation on the ways the author has learned important life lessons from the astonishing and varied creatures we share our planet with,” said bookseller Margie Harris of Rochester Hills, Mich. “This book made me feel anchored in the natural world in a really beautiful way.”

Other Book of the Year Finalists were:

  • Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval
  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and Palate by Lauren Ko
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
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