A list of the best fiction and nonfiction I've read lately

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Call Them by Their True Names
American Crises (and Essays)

Rebecca Solnit  |  2018  |  essay collection

In Our Mad and Furious City

Guy Gunaratne  |  2018  |  literary fiction

Stuffed and Starved

The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

Raj Patel  |  2012  |  nonfiction

Yellow Submarine

Maria Popova  |  In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs  |  2017  |  essay

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo  |  2012  |  narrative nonfiction

The Incendiaries

R. O. Kwon  |  2018  |  literary fiction

Can't Even

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
Anne Helen Petersen  |  2020  |  nonfiction

Twelve Minutes and a Life

Mitchell S. Jackson  |  Runner's World  |  2020  |  feature story

Tara Westover  |  2018  |  memoir

The Sandman

Lars Kepler  |  2018  |  thriller

The Divide
Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets
Jason Hickel  |  2017  |  nonfiction

How the West Became Self-Obsessed
Will Storr  |  2018  |  nonfiction

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt  |  2013  |  literary fiction

There, There
Tommy Orange  |  2018  |  literary fiction

Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
Jia Tolentino  |  2019  |  essay collection

What If?
Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Randall Munroe  |  2014  |  Q&A collection

Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff  |  2015  |  literary fiction

The Social Life of Forests
Ferris Jabr  |  The New York Times Magazine  |  2020  |  magazine feature

John Hersey  |  The New Yorker  |  1946  |  narrative nonfiction

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters
Gordy Megroz  |  Wired  |  2020  |  magazine feature

The Truth About Animals
Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
Lucy Cooke  |   2018  |  nonfiction