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Here Are The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of 2020

So good you'll want to frame them.

Posted on December 28, 2020, at 2:48 p.m. ET

True Love by Sarah Gerard; design by Joanne O’Neill (Harper)

Harper


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo; design by Erin Fitzsimmons; art by Bijou Karman (Quill Tree Books)

Quill Tree Books

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson; design by Erin Fitzsimmons; art by Rachelle Baker (Katherine Tegen Books)

Katherine Tegen Books

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun; design by Sinem Erkas; photo by Jasmin Sander (Counterpoint Press)

Counterpoint Press

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier; design by Emily Mahon; art by Tallboy/Night Watch Studios (Doubleday)

Doubleday Books

Little Scratch by Rebecca Watson; design by Emily Mahon; photo by Tamara Staples (Doubleday)

Doubleday

The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams; design by Emily Mahon; art by Michelle Kingdom (Doubleday)

Doubleday Books

The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures by Jen Hofmann; design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Little, Brown and Company)

Little, Brown and Company

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri; design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Riverhead)

Riverhead Books

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett; design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Riverhead)

Riverhead

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart; design by Christopher Moisan; photo by Peter Marlow/Magnum (Grove Press)

Grove Press

Life Events by Karolina Waclawiak; design by Alex Merto; photo by Steve Fitch (FSG)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper; design by Alex Merto (Grand Central)

Grand Central

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix; design by Andie Reid; illustration by Liz Wheaton (Quirk Books)

Quirk Books

Aphasia by Javier Cárdenas; design by Thomas Colligan (FSG)

FSG

The Great Indoors by Emily Anthes; design by Thomas Colligan; illustration by Rose Wong (Scientific American / FSG)

Scientific American / FSG

Self Care by Leigh Stein; design by Lynn Buckley (Penguin Books)

Penguin Books

A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers; design by Jaya Nicely (Unnamed Press)

Unnamed Press

Hysteria by Jessica Gross; design by Jaya Nicely; art by Xiao Wang (Unnamed Press)

Unnamed Press

Want by Lynn Steger Strong; design by Jaya Miceli (Henry Holt & Co.)

Henry Holt & Co.

Red Pill by Hari Kunzru; design by John Gall (Knopf)

Knopf

The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe; design by John Gall; photo by Robert Jones (Knopf)

Knopf

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu; design by Tyler Comrie (Pantheon)

Pantheon

Via Negativa by Daniel Hornsby; design by Tyler Comrie (Knopf)

Knopf

A Burning by Megha Majumdar; design by Tyler Comrie (Knopf)

Knopf

Lobizona by Romina Garber; design by Kerri Resnick; illustration by Daria Hlazatova (Wednesday Books)

Wednesday Books

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez; design by the author (Page Street Books)

Page Street Books

A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet; design by David High (W. W. Norton)

W. W. Norton

Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch; design by Rachel Willey (Riverhead)

Riverhead

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; design by Faceout Studio/Tim Green (Del Rey)

Del Rey

Zigzags by Kamala Puligandla; design by Kassia Rico (Not a Cult)

Not a Cult

A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo; design by Suzanne Dean (Grove Press)

Grove Press

Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman; art by Christopher Myers (Small Beer Press)

Small Beer Press

Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth; design by Filip Peraić (Levine Querido)

Levine Querido

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds; design by David DeWitt; art by Stephanie Singleton (Katherine Tegen Books)

Katherine Tegen Books

The Math Campers by Dan Chiasson; design by Kelly Blair (Knopf)

Knopf

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender; design by Chris Kwon; illustration by Alex Cabal (Balzer + Bray)

Balzer + Bray

Memorial by Bryan Washington; design by Na Kim (Riverhead)

Riverhead

Talking Animals by Joni Murphy; design by Na Kim, photo by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek (FSG)

FSG

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura van den Berg; design by Na Kim (FSG)

FSG

Luster by Raven Leilani; design by Na Kim; photo by Cory Vanderploeg (FSG)

FSG

Sad Janet by Lucie Britsch; design by Na Kim (Riverhead)

Riverhead

The Shame by Makenna Goodman; design by Mary Austin Speaker; art by Leanne Shapton (Milkweed Editions)

Milkweed Editions

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil; design by Mary Austin Speaker; art by Fumi Nakamura (Milkweed Editions)

Milkweed Editions

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor; design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions)

New Directions

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke; design by Dana Li; art by Anka Lavriv (Erewhon)

Erewhon

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro; design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell (Tor Teen)

Tor Teen

The Inner Coast by Donovan Hohn; design by Sarahmay Wilkinson (W. W. Norton)

W. W. Norton

Each of Us Killers by Jenny Bhatt; design by Harshad Marathe (7.13 Books)

7.13 Books

Eat a Peach by David Chang; design by Ian Dingman (Clarkson Potter)

Clarkson Potter

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark; design by Henry Sene Yee (Tordotcom)

Tordotcom

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker; design by David Curtis (Tordotcom)

Tordotcom

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke; design by David Mann (Bloomsbury)

Bloomsbury

Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty; design by Matt Dorfman (Scribner)

Scribner

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam; design by Sara Wood (Ecco)

Ecco

Long Live the Post Horn! by Vigdis Hjorth; design by Rumors (Verso)

Verso

The New One by Mike Birbiglia with J. Hope Stein; design by Wendy MacNaughton and Crystal English Sacca (Grand Central Publishing)

Grand Central Publishing

The Sprawl by Jason Diamond; design by Kyle G. Hunter (Coffee House Press)

Coffee House Press

Lakewood by Megan Giddings; design by Stephen Brayda; art by Yulia Bas (Amistad)

Amistad

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick; design by Debra Sfetsios-Conover; illustration by Levente Szabo (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

McElderry Books

What Happens at Night by Peter Cameron; design by Nicole Caputo (Catapult)

Catapult

Docile by K.M. Szpara; design by Jamie Stafford-Hill; photo by Yuri Arcurs (Tordotcom)

Tordotcom

Block Seventeen by Kimiko Guthrie; design by Kathryn Galloway English (Blackstone Publishing)

Blackstone Publishing

Here Is the Sweet Hand by Francine J. Harris, FSG; design by Crisis, art by Shanequa Gay

FSG

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria; design by Elsie Lyons; art by Bo Feng Lin (Avon)

Avon

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel; design by Abby Weintraub (Knopf)

Knopf

The Ice Cream Man & Other Stories by Sam Pink; design by Michael Salu; art by Ben Styer (Soft Skull Press)

Soft Skull Press

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing; design by Kelly Winton (W. W. Norton)

W. W. Norton

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn; design by Rodrigo Corral; art by Matt Buck; lettering by Na Kim (MCDxFSG)

MCDxFSG

Temporary by Hilary Leichter; design by Sarah Evenson (Coffee House Press)

Coffee House Press

The Lightness by Emily Temple; design by Ploy Siripant; art by Beth Hoeckel (William Morrow)

William Morrow

The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell; design by Stephanie Ross (Penguin Press)

Penguin Press

My Baby First Birthday by Jenny Zhang; design by Jakob Vala; photo by Li Shixiong (Tin House)

Tin House

The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh; design by Jakob Vala; art by Mi-Kyung Choi (Tin House)

Tin House

CORRECTION

Jaya Nicely designed the covers of Hysteria and A Certain Hunger. A previous version of this post credited a different designer.


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