Our Favorite Books of 2020

Readers’ Advisor Jo is back for our annual episode on Cook Library’s favorite books of the year! Astute listeners will note it is no longer 2020, but with so many great books published and our annual library booklets being released despite a worldwide pandemic, we figured better late than never to do a little celebrating…

Julia’s Pick of the Week: Be Gay, Do Comics!

Be Gay, Do Comics! Queer History, Memoir, and Satire from The Nib is an Ignatz Award-winning comic anthology edited by Matt Bors, featuring contributions by Sasha Velour, Matt Lubchansky, Melanie Gillman, Maia Kobabe, and many, many other indie cartoonists. The book explores a wide variety of different aspects of the LGBTQIA+ experience, containing autobiographical comics,…

The Best Nonfiction of 2020

Last week I examined fiction that received the most love in 2020 from book reviewers. Today I will look at nonfiction. I compiled 36 notable lists with more than 500 books, including our own favorites from the Cook Memorial Public Library District staffers. Thirty-eight books, from social commentary and history to nature and humor, rose…