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Two Purchase Authors Among Most Notable for 2020

Books by Carl Safina ’77 and Garth Greenwell ’01 landed on The New York Times list of “100 Most Notable Books of 2020.”

The editors of the New York Times Book Review compiled the most notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction for 2020 and Carl Safina ’77 (environmental science) and Garth Greenwell ’01 (literature) both wrote books appearing on the list.

Cover of Becoming Wild by Carl Safina '77 Safina’s nonfiction work Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace makes “a convincing argument that animals learn from one another and pass down culture in a way that will feel very familiar to us.”


Cover of Cleanness by Garth Greenwell '01 Cleanness by Garth Greenwell is a work of fiction. “Greenwell’s narrator is a gay American teacher in Sofia, Bulgaria, who has a series of encounters that are sexually frank and psychologically complicated; the book achieves an unusual depth of accuracy about both physical activity and emotional undercurrent.”