Bill’s 2020 Picks

Every year, Marine resident and library volunteer Bill Simpson, who is also a voracious reader, releases his “best of the year” list of books. This year’s list features all books that are available from the Marine Community Library.

Bill’s Picks- From the Marine Community Library for 2020


  1. Blame the Dead by Ed Ruggero (2020, 325p) Set in Sicily during WWII
  2. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (2020, 300p) By the author of Station 11
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (2019,325p)
  4. Camino Winds by John Grisham (2020, 300p)
  5. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2020, 350p) Somewhat controversial due to the author being Anglo, not Mexican
  6. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (2020, 300p) A crime takes place on a lonely Irish coastal island
  7. The End of October by Lawrence Wright (2020, 350p) This shocking pandemic story was released just as COVID 19 hit
  8. Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia (2020, 200p) Resembles Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  9. Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (2019, 250p) Irish gangsters reminiscing in Tangier
  10. Deacon King Kong by James McBride (2020, 370p) May be my favorite fiction of the year
  11. Apeirogon by Colum McCann (2020,450p) The latest by one of our most gifted writers
  12. Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong-Washburn (2020,300p) Written with a deep understanding of the true Hawaii
  13. The Lake Wobegon Virus by Garrison Keillor (2020,225p) A nice “comeback” by GK


  1. Brave Enough by Jessie Diggins and Todd Smith (2020, 275p) Especially the chapters on dealing with eating disorders
  2. A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell (2019, 320p)
  3. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (2020, 500p) Churchill and family during the Blitz
  4. Agent Sonya by Ben McIntyre (2020, 350p) The most effective female Russian spy
  5. Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace (2020,275p) The story of the Manhattan project and its moral
  6. A Walk around the Block by Spike Carlsen (2020, 300p) A fun, trivia-loaded book by Stillwater author


  1. Under Occupation by Alan Furst (2019, 200p) The current grand master of spy fiction
  2. Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre’ (2019, 275p) His best spy book in recent years
  3. The Wild One by Nick Petrie (2020, 375p) The fifth, and best, Peter Ash novel
  4. A Small Town by Thomas Perry (2020, 300p) A prison break with very bad consequences
  5. Deep State by Chris Hauty (2020, 275p)
  6. The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon (2019, 325p) A Nazi hunter in Buenos Aries
  7. The Whisper Man by Alex North (2019, 350p) A very British and brutal crime story
  8. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly (2020, 400p) The third Jack McEnroy novel
  9. If it Bleeds by Stephen King (2020, 450p) Four “shorts”, one featuring my favorite female detective- Holly
  10. Blacktop Wasteland by S A Cosby Child (2020, 275p) Redneck Noir in the Elmore Leonard tradition
  11. The Sentinel by Lee and Andrew Child (2020, 3500p) Jack Reacher comes to terms with tech