Patrick Key is a non-profit fundraiser by day, and an avid book reader by night. His claim to fame is being on The Oprah Show for her book club. Patrick’s Instagram account has been our publisher’s go-to place for good reads for the past 5 years (since he recommended the amazing A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara).
Read on for Patrick’s top 10 fiction reads of 2020 — and at the end, we have a shortened West Side Story with his Hell’s Kitchen Happy Places.
Patrick recommends supporting west side bookseller 192 Books in Chelsea (at 192 10th Avenue). During the pandemic, they are open daily 11am-5pm for limited browsing.
For your reference, links giving more details on the books go to GoodReads.com (owned by Amazon).
Patrick has read 26 books this year and he says: “there have been so many amazing stories!” Here are his choices and comments.
#1 My favorite book of 2020 is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. A gripping story about motherhood and immigration. I literally couldn’t put it down. Oprah’s Book Club did a fabulous two-part series for Apple TV on the book, the controversy, and immigration. Check it out.
HELL’S KITCHEN HAPPY PLACES
Pier 84. Gorgeous park on the Hudson River. Summers and the sunset hustle dancing on Sunday nights are amazing. It’s the favorite of my hubby, Dan, and our dogs Rothko and Molly. [Don’t forget the whale!]
Schmackary’s. The cereal cookie. Okurrrrrrrr.
Sullivan Street Bakery. The potato pizza.
The Farmers Market on W43rd Street (between 9/10th Avenue). Every Saturday from May-Dec fresh veggies and wonderful people.