The 10 Best Books of 2018
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
A riveting, indelible memoir by Steve Jobs’s oldest daughter, who details her often-harrowing upbringing without an ounce of self-pity. Don’t miss it.
Small Fry, $26; amazon.com
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Among the reasons the former First Lady’s memoir became the year’s bestselling book: She’s lived a life like no other, yet she knows how to make you relate.
Becoming, $32.50; amazon.com
You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
The characters in these insightful short stories are haunted by past selves, prone to misreading cues — and great company.
You Think It, I'll Say It, $27; amazon.com
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
A radiant debut novel about the cultural forces that bind and divide members of one close-knit Muslim-American family.
A Place For Us, $27; amazon.com
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
In a year that saw women running for office in record numbers, Traister’s galvanizing history of the transformative power of female anger felt on-point and essential.
Good and Mad, $27; amazon.com
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Reading a Wolitzer novel is like finding a group of intriguing new friends, and this propulsive tale of a young woman struggling with ambition and identity is no exception.
The Female Persuasion, $28; amazon.com
Circe by Madeline Miller
You don’t need to be a Greek-mythology nerd to be captivated by Miller’s action-packed reimagining of the goddess of sorcery’s adventures.
Circe, $27; amazon.com
I Wrote This Book Because I Love You by Tim Kreider
An essayist ponders his difficulties with relationships — except for the one with his 19-year-old cat. Quirky, eye-opening, wonderful.
I Wrote This Book Because I Love You, $26; amazon.com
Calypso by David Sedaris
Just when you think Sedaris has mined every last bit of his life for comedy gold, he unearths more. The essays here are darker than their predecessors, but there’s no shortage of LOLs.
Calypso, $28; amazon.com
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
After Roy, an up-and-coming black businessman, is convicted of a rape he didn’t commit, his wife must forge ahead alone. A timely, immersive novel.
An American Marriage, $26.95; amazon.com