The 2020 Nick Vu Awards

(Picks were read/viewed in 2020, not necessarily published then.)

Overall best fiction: The Overstory
Overall best nonfiction: Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model (psychology)

Sci-fi: Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2)
Young Adult: The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, #2)
Fiction: There There
Fantasy: The Neverending Story
Romance: Crazy Rich Asians trilogy
Business: The Infinite Game
Politics: The Shock Doctrine
Social Justice: The New Jim Crow; Just Mercy
Philosophy: Doing Good Better
Spirituality: The Most Important Thing
Nature/Environment: Braiding Sweetgrass
Comedy: The Princess Bride
Climate Change: The Future We Choose
Mystery: The Secret History
Education: Weapons of Mass Instruction
Science: The Big Picture
Economics: Fooled by Randomness
Memoir: Untamed
Self Help: Attached
Sports: Finding Ultra
Technology: Human Compatible

Stage Production: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special
Anime: Beastar
Costume Drama: The Great
Comedy: The Office (US)
Documentary: The Social Dilemma
Cartoon: BoJack Horseman
Stand-up: Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
Musical: Black Is King (Beyonce)
News/Journalism: Converge’s Morning Update Show (Seattle-based independent Black media)
Sports: Hot Wheels racing league (3Dbotmaker on YouTube)

Video Game: Gris
App: Duolingo (language learning)
Restaurant: Amy’s Merkato Ethiopian & Eritrean (Seattle)

Big Idea: There are no solutions, only better problems. -paraphrasing The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch (1993)

Big Lessons
• Find grounding practices and vigilantly maintain them.
• The best option is usually the one that builds the most trust.
• Discomfort arises from personal insecurity, not external circumstances. Prioritize the inner work, while humbly acting in the world.